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Nutcracker (2001)

Unrated | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | August 2001 (USA)
It's another crazy Christmas and psychotherapist Dr. Carlton Fairfax, Jr. is losing control of his patients and his sanity - then he meets one particularly mysterious patient who sees to it that he definitely continues down that road.


Glen Grefe


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Credited cast:
Bill Bragg Bill Bragg ... Carlton Fairfax II
David Hess ... John Gard / Clyde Fairfax
Christine Marie Schneider Christine Marie Schneider ... April Oakridge Fairfax
Elina Fillipova Elina Fillipova ... Sierra Steinbach
Noris Campos Noris Campos ... Sonja Delhi
Karl-Heinz Teuber ... Albert Woods
Cheryl Jennings Cheryl Jennings ... Herself
Darian O'Toole Darian O'Toole ... Blair Weesch
Michael St. John Michael St. John ... Asylum Inmate
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vinny Adan Vinny Adan ... Young Carl
William King Appel William King Appel ... Detective Jeremy Ringer
Ralph Filice Ralph Filice ... Dario Convero
Jon Gale ... Missionary
Kim Law Grefe Kim Law Grefe ... Night Club Singer
Jesse Hess Jesse Hess ... Young Clyde


It's another crazy Christmas and psychotherapist Dr. Carlton Fairfax, Jr. is losing control of his patients and his sanity - then he meets one particularly mysterious patient who sees to it that he definitely continues down that road.

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Prepare to Look Into the Human Brain






Release Date:

August 2001 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nutcracker: An American Nightmare See more »

Filming Locations:

California, USA See more »

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Did You Know?


Carlton Fairfax II: That... that... that's...
John Gard: ...that's like ME being the doctor and YOU being the patient.
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Spoofs The Last House on the Left (1972) See more »


Walking the Blue
Written by Julee Cruise
Performed by Julee Cruise and J.J. McGeehan
Courtesy of BMI/ASCAP
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Great Independent Thriller!
19 September 2006 | by slybonethetownieSee all my reviews

Director Glen Grefe's first full-length feature film is a testament to why Independent features are produced. This self proclaimed "no budget" thriller kept me enthralled from beginning to end. Unlike other films that finish their character development within the first half hour or so, Nutcracker's characters are ever changing and evolving which keeps the viewer's interest better than many big budget films. The first reason I decided to view this film was the inclusion of David Hess to the cast. Hess has been one of my favorite Horror/Suspense actors since the mid 1980s, so naturally this film was a must-see for me. In addition to Hess, I found the film to be solidly acted throughout. I thought Bill Bragg turned in a great performance as Dr. Carlton Fairfax, and I absolutely loved Darian O'Toole's performance as the Vampiress who is not quite ready to face the world without her beloved therapist, and of course, the most subtle and underlying character in this movie was the setting itself, the gorgeous city of San Francisco, whose beauty is skillfully displayed with the film's excellent camera work. This film is also paced very nicely, and with a relatively short running time (approx. 1:20), it is an easy film to digest. I highly recommend this film to fans of Suspense Thrillers or Giallo films, as well as any fans of the work of the unmistakable David Hess! Currently, you can purchase the film on Amazon or at the film's official website but I have heard a rumor about a special Blockbuster Edition of this film possibly coming in early 2007, we can only hope! A funny side note, the film has great audio, so convincing in fact that when Carlton rings Sierra's doorbell, my 2 dogs go absolutely bonkers! Probably the only movie I own that gets a reaction like that, my hat's off to whoever mixed the audio!

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