A screenwriting teacher is forced to live out the plot of a screenplay idea he stole from a student, who now seeks revenge.

Director:

Rob Cowan

Writer:

Larry Cohen
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Lillard ... Joel Brandt
Deborah Kara Unger ... Det. Lavery
Gina Holden ... Millie Councel
Serge Houde ... Det. Breedlove
Chiara Zanni ... Claire
Michael Eklund ... Adam Brickles
Xantha Radley ... Nurse Bev
Ken Kramer ... Ben Brandt
Brandon Jay McLaren ... Dude up Front
Woody Jeffreys ... Patrick
Ildiko Ferenczi ... Kathy
Paul Lazenby ... Tractor
Anna Galvin ... Lisa Kwan
Biski Gugushe ... Tech - Shrink
Parm Soor ... Limo Driver
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Storyline

A quivering voice begs to screenwriter, Joel Brandt, to pick up the phone on a message from his answering machine. Thinking it a prank, Joel deletes the message. The caller is found dead. Another caller leaves Joel a message; there is another murder...then another...then another. The killer has Joel's attention, and Joel has the attention of the police. Now the prime suspect in a series of murders, Joel discovers this psychotic killer has targeted him for a reason found within his body of work. Will Joel be able to re-write his ending, or be forced to pay the ultimate price? Written by A. Voghell

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Genres:

Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Final screenwriting credit for Larry Cohen prior to his death in 2019 . See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie when the female protagonist finishes pouring gasoline all over the main character she drops the can to the ground, landing on its side. After she lights the match and is shot by the male cop, the can is placed back up-right. See more »

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School Salsa
Written by: Rich Walters
Performed by: With The Machines
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Rehash
13 September 2020 | by paul_beard-11555See all my reviews

The whole film talks about stealing scripts and how bad films have cliches. Ok I get that it's mocking the whole industry but it feels like the writers themselves have stolen and mildly rehashed secret window staring Johnny depp. If I wasn't so bored and looking for films to watch I'd of switched it off earlier.


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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 2010 (Australia) See more »

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Runtime:

(European Film Market)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color
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