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The Backlot Murders (2002)

R | | Comedy, Horror | Video 9 April 2002
A rock band, on the brink of success, arrives at a movie studio to produce their first music video. Somebody doesn't have much respect for their talent, and starts bumping off members of the band, their groupie girlfriends, and the crew.

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David DeFalco
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Priscilla Barnes ... Stephanie
Corey Haim ... Tony
Charles Fleischer ... Henry
Brian Gaskill ... Dez
Carrie Stevens ... Chelsea
Tom Hallick ... Martin Colfax
Lisa Brucker Lisa Brucker ... Arlene
Jaime Anstead Jaime Anstead ... Janey Colfax
Dayton Knoll ... Bobby
LoriDawn Messuri ... Wendy
Heather Tindell Heather Tindell ... Gina
Alejandro Escos Alejandro Escos ... Sal
Ken Sagoes ... Mike
David Solomini ... Frankie
Angela Little ... Shayla
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A rock band, on the brink of success, arrives at a movie studio to produce their first music video. Somebody doesn't have much respect for their talent, and starts bumping off members of the band, their groupie girlfriends, and the crew.

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Comedy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence, language, sexuality/nudity and some drug use
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 April 2002 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Back Lot Murders See more »

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Dominion Entertainment See more »
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Mono

Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Henry: Edgy? Hello, we're shooting a rock band on the "Lost World" set. If it had anymore edge, I could shave with it.
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References Frankenstein (1931) See more »

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The Backlot Murders
9 January 2015 | by a_baronSee all my reviews

Low budget, overacted rubbish is the first impression this film gives. And it lives down to its expectations.

A rock band (so-called) get a break in the form of the girlfriend of one of their number whose father is a big shot in the industry. They are contracted to (or wrangle) a music video on a set once used by Steven Spielberg.

The first victim is a special effects technician who is dispatched with one blow of an axe. His co-worker follows in quick succession, impaled on a piece of wood. And on it goes.

The one redeeming feature of this truly awful film is Charles Fleischer who excels as the temperamental Director. Him and maybe the classic line at about 37 minutes on the reality of female power.

If you think you've seen "The Backlot Murders" before, it's because you have, it's a remake of "Friday 13th" or "A Nightmare On Elm Street" but without even the semblance of a plot, evidently someone else realised this because the two films are referenced in one of the weightier moments of this shapeless monstrosity. The other cultural references are equally forgettable.

There is a bit of a twist towards the end, but a glass of water with a twist of lemon is still basically a glass of water, and rubbish with a twist is still rubbish.


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