Special Effects

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Released 1984

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Director:
Larry Cohen
Released:
1984
Rating:
R
Special Effects is the cult 1984 horror thriller from prolific genre writer-director Larry Cohen (Q, the Winged Serpent, God Told Me to Kill, The Stuff, It's Alive). Arrogant and unscrupulous down-on-his-luck faded former big shot director Chris Neville (an excellent live-wire performance by Eric Bogosian, Under Siege 2, Dolores Claiborne, Talk Radio, Suburbia, Cadillac Records) films himself murdering naive aspiring actress Andrea Wilcox (the gorgeous Zoe Tamerlis, Ms. 45, Bad Lieutenant, Handgun, Dreamland). Neville decides to make a movie around the snuff footage and hires sassy lookalike Elaine (also played by Tamerlis) to portray Andrea in the picture. Neville even convinces Andrea's earnest, clean-cut hick husband Keefe Waterman (likable Brad Rjin, A Return to Salem's Lot, Perfect Strangers) to be himself in the life and persuades pesky, hard-nosed Detective Philip Delroy (Kevin O'Connor, Coming Apart, Welcome to the Club) to serve as a technical adviser.

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Comedy, Drama, Horror, Suspense

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B-Movie Horror, Slashers, Dark Comedy