SPECIAL EFFECTS

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SPECIAL EFFECTS

Larry Cohen
USA, 1984
Fiction, 93min, OF

SPECIAL EFFECTS

Larry Cohen
USA, 1984
Fiction, 93min, OF

Cast: 
Zoë Tamerlis
Andrea/Elaine
Eric Bogosian
Cristopher Neville
Brad Rijn
Keefe Waterman
Kevin O’Connor
Detective Phillip Delroy
Bill Oland
Detective Vickers
Richard Greene
Leon Grushkin
Screenplay: 
Larry Cohen
Camera: 
Paul Glickman
Robert Levi
Editor: 
Armond Lebowitz
Composer: 
Michael Minard
Decoration: 
Teri Kane
Costume: 
Joanne Malkanthene

Production: 
Hemdale Film, Larco Productions
Format: 
35 mm
Color

Zoë Tamerlis as ditzy blonde hits New York City hoping to make it in movies, but her first gig is a death scene – her own. A failing director secretly films himself and the actress in the sack, then murders her and sets about making a movie based on the killing, with the dead girl’s husband as the likely murderer. This brass-necked approach includes inviting the investigating cop to advise on procedure. Eric Bogosian plays the director, Chris Neville, as a suave monster, avoiding any psychological or moral dimension (although we’re told the reason he likes flowers is because they’re so beautiful and they die so quickly). After a shaky start, the twists of the plot begin to take hold, and there’s even a serious angle. This is the age of the non-entity, the glorification of the nobody, as long as they’re victims, says Neville. Consider the virtually non-existent careers of Dorothy Stratton or Frances Farmer. What makes them worthy of a $ 10 million eulogy on film? Murder, madness, suicide – that’s what stars are made of today. (Nick Roddick)