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Dimension in Fear (1998)

Escaped murderer Cal Lewis wants revenge for those responsible for him being put away. Enroute from Texas to Las Vegas he crosses paths with young TV news reporter Deidre Holland who quickly becomes his target.

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Ted V. Mikels
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Credited cast:
Ron Jason Ron Jason ... Cal & Ralph Lewis
Nicole West Nicole West ... Dedra Hagan
Gene Ellison-Jones Gene Ellison-Jones ... Detective John Mays (as Gene Ellison Jones)
Liz Renay ... Monique the Psychic
Dolores Fuller ... TV Station Owner
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chuck Alford Chuck Alford ... Head Jail Guard
Denise Alford Denise Alford ... Jail Captain's Secretary
Vincent T. Altamura Vincent T. Altamura ... Man Giving Dedra a Ride
Barrie Bailey Barrie Bailey ... Rancher's Wife
Arnie Bartz Arnie Bartz ... Rancher
Kenneth Bolling Kenneth Bolling ... Second Mechanic
Foster Boom Foster Boom ... Quick-Care Nurse
Joni Boyer Joni Boyer ... Hooker
Judy Coady Judy Coady ... Hooker
John Cornett John Cornett ... Deputy Sheriff
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Escaped murderer Cal Lewis wants revenge for those responsible for him being put away. Enroute from Texas to Las Vegas he crosses paths with young TV news reporter Deidre Holland who quickly becomes his target.

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Release Date:

5 June 1998 (USA) See more »

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City in Terror See more »

Filming Locations:

Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

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Bad, but what else would you expect?!
9 March 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Wow...this movie looks cheap--even for a Ted Mikels film. Although Mikels was known for his ultra-low budget films of the 60s and 70s, this one looks a heck of a lot cheaper. It's shot on video and the actors seem as unprofessional as they come--like a project that was shot by some teenagers or very young film students. I have only seen a couple other films with such production values--"Die Hard Dracula" as well as "Ben and Arthur"--both of which are so bad that they are on IMDb's Bottom 100 list. I suspect if more people were familiar with Mikels' films, they, too, might make his infamous list--though despite this film's cheapness, it's NOT among his worst films. Yes, they do get much worse--such as the film "Blood Orgy of the She Devils" (that's a great title--who'd have thought it would be bad?!?!).

The film begins with Cal Lewis being arrested. He's a scruffy looking serial killer and his look is somewhat reminiscent of Charles Manson. Soon after going to jail, he pulls out a hidden pair of scissors and kills a guard. He then escapes and goes on a killing rampage--and this is the theme of the film. Oddly, each time before he kills, he cuts himself--a weird way to get you in the mood, but this is one weird guy! At the same time we see this killer doing a bunch of random killings, there is another parallel story about a young TV news lady who is leaving her job. She visits a psychic who sees bad stuff in her future. Considering that Cal is running amok, the "bad stuff" hardly comes as a surprise.

So, apart from horribly cheap camera-work, what did I think of the film? Well, it wasn't good. The characters were all rather one-dimensional and there was absolutely no depth to the film. But, in a mindless way, it wasn't that bad either. Watchable but stupid.

Also, if you have ever seen the Ed Wood film "Glen or Glenda", take a look at the station manager in "Dimensions in Fear". This is Delores Fuller who co-starred in the Wood movie--and bad movie fiends (like myself) should find that pretty exciting--seeing her after all these years.

Sadly, Mikels' first film, "Strike Me Deadly" was a somewhat similar film, but managed to be quite good despite the limitations of the plot--and you might have predicted a promising future for the films. Yet that was done 35 years ago and since then, his movies have only gotten cheaper looking and dumber. However, I doubt if Mr. Mikels particularly minds, as his films have had such low budgets that they've made him a fortune! So he's probably laughing all the way to the bank!! I actually saw a little DVD extra with him recently and he seemed like a nice and very interesting guy--and he talked about how his films have brought in HUGE profits despite being not much better than home movies! What a world!


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