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Even Brian De Palma's staunchest defenders had to swallow hard with this gaudily gory bauble of a thriller that is built around a gruesome (yet surprisingly wittily staged) stalking and murder involving a female victim and a killer with a giant power drill. This is De Palma at his most sensational, in a story about a B-movie actor with career problems (Craig Wasson) and a habit as a voyeur. He witnesses the aforementioned murder, then teams up with a porn actress (Melanie Griffith) to try and find the killer. De Palma has a blast going inside the porn film industry, and even films a pseudo rock video with one-hit wonders Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Wasson is an unlikely leading man, bland and pasty, but he's perfect in the role of a decidedly imperfect hero. --Marshall Fine

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Dolby
  • Widescreen

Cast

Craig WassonJake Scully
Melanie GriffithHolly Body
Gregg HenrySam Bouchard
Deborah SheltonGloria Revelle
Guy BoydDet. Jim McLean
Dennis FranzRubin the Director
Barbara CramptonCarol

  • Genre: Mystery Movies
  • Director: Brian De Palma
  • Producer: Columbia/Tri-Star
  • Length: 114 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaOct 26, 1984
    EuropeFeb 20, 1985
    AustraliaFeb 14, 1985
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    AustraliaR
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaDec 15, 1998
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