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Night Killer (1990)

Non aprite quella porta 3 (original title)
Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 3 August 1990 (Italy)
A serial killer with a rubber-like Freddy Krueger mask terrifies the city of Virginia Beach.


Claudio Fragasso (as Clyde Anderson), Bruno Mattei (uncredited)


Claudio Fragasso (as Clyde Anderson)




Cast overview:
Peter Hooten ... Axel
Tara Buckman ... Melanie Beck
Richard Foster Richard Foster ... Sherman Floyd
Mel Davis Mel Davis ... Detective Clark
Lee Lively Lee Lively ... Dr. Willow
Tova Sardot Tova Sardot ... Clarissa
Gaby Ford Gaby Ford ... Choreographer


A serial killer in Freddy Krueger's rubber mask terrorizes the city of Virginia Beach, killing many women after raping them. One of her victims is a beautiful Tara Buckam in the role of Melanie Beck. The woman no longer remembers the violence she suffered in the past, but the memory will return when the serial killer shows up to continue to torment her psychically and not only carnally. Written by valery

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Claudio Fragasso always intended for the film to be called "Night Killer". The producers however renamed it for the Italian release, calling it "Non aprite quella porta 3" to make it an unofficial sequel to Tobe Hooper's The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) which was released in Italy as "Non aprite quella porta" (Do Not Open That Door). Fragasso was not happy with the title change for the Italian release. See more »


Axel: It's a free country. Anybody who wants to kill themselves can do. While you shoot yourself... try to... I'm gonna eat.
[Takes a bite of fried chicken]
Axel: Nothing does it to me like fried chicken.
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Referenced in Paura: Lucio Fulci Remembered - Volume 1 (2008) See more »

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Obscure - but not in a good way..
17 July 2019 | by homecoming8See all my reviews

This Giallo Slasher from Italy is rather unknown, even for fans of the genre. The plot is simple with a lot of scenes that make no sense at all. Leading actress Tara Buckman is best known for her small part in the classic "Silent Night Deadly Night" and she also starred in the awful "Xtro II: The Second Encounter". The rest of the cast in unknown but not bad. That cannot be said when it comes to the dialogue which is painfully bad and laughable.

There is some nudity and there is a scene in the beginning where Buckman goes topless for no reason at all. The scene makes no sense and it that same scene her sweater is miraculously on and off her shoulders during different takes. Talking about some bad editing.. you have to see it to believe it.

There is no tension or any scares. The gore is limited and fake, apparently is was added later and it shows. The effects are bad, certainly considering that this was made in 1990. the "Friday the 13th" films did it so much better a decade earlier. The killer has claws on his hand and it is obvious that they're made of rubber and couldn't even cut through butter. But somehow he's able to slit a woman's throat and ram it right through your body. That last (poor) effect was considered effectively enough by the makers to repeat it again and again..

For a Giallo (whodunnit) picture, "Night Killer" also fails miserably. You can pinpoint the killer from the moment he's introduced. When another (obvious) suspect appears you know not to fall for it.

I've been watching Horror and particulary Slasher films since the '80's and I had never heard of this one. But now I know why because it's hardly worth your time. For die hard fans of the genre only but don't get your hopes up because "Night Killer" has not much to offer.

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Release Date:

3 August 1990 (Italy) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Rome, Lazio, Italy See more »

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1.85 : 1
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