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FULL SYNOPSIS

This muddled attempt at creating a new supernatural serial killer franchise (in the mode of Freddy Krueger in the [[Feature~V281377~Nightmare on Elm Street~anightmareonelmstreet[filmseries]]] series) features perennial movie thug [[Performer~P35048~Brion James~brionjames]] as sadistic mass murderer Max Jenke, who hacked up more than 100 victims with a meat cleaver before his eventual capture by dedicated cop Lucas McCarthy ([[Performer~P31804~Lance Henriksen~lancehenriksen]]). Unwilling to cease his homicidal spree after his death, Jenke had been conducting bizarre experiments in soul-transference prior to his capture; his execution in the electric chair subsequently transforms his evil essence into electrical current. In this new form, the seemingly unstoppable maniac launches a supernatural siege against McCarthy and his family until the tormented cop finally faces him down on his own nightmare turf. Originally conceived as another [[Feature~V23324~House~house]] sequel, this film consists of long periods of tedium punctuated by outbursts of graphic gore and surreal effects. This condition is partially the result of footage being shot by two separate directors; it seems as if neither of them knew what the other was doing. [[Performer~P35048~James~brionjames]] is amusingly sleazy as the cackling madman, but his one-note material is not compelling enough to merit a recurring character. ~ Cavett Binion, Rovi

  • Release date:April 28, 1989

Cast

Lance Henriksen
as Lucas McCarthy
Brion James
as Max Jenke
Rita Taggart
as Donna McCarthy
DeDee Pfeiffer
as Bonnie McCarthy
Aaron Eisenberg
as Scott McCarthy
Thom Bray
as Peter Campbell
Matt Clark
as Dr. Tower
David Oliver
as Vinnie
Lewis Arquette
as Lieutenant Miller
Lawrence Tierney
Alvy Moore
Melissa Skoff
Terry Alexander
as Casey

Crew

James Isaac
Director
Sean S. Cunningham
Producer
Leslie Bohem
Screenwriter
Allyn Warner
Screenwriter
Mac Ahlberg
Cinematographer
Harry Manfredini
Composer (Music Score)
Edward Anton
Editor
Diane Campbell
Set Decorator
Cynthia Bergstrom
Costume Designer
Mecki Heussen
Special Effects
Peter Kuran
Special Effects
Chris O'Flaherty
Special Effects
Kelly Van Horn
First Assistant Director
Mike Lessa
Animator
Michelle Linenberger
Stunts
Alan Marcus
Stunts
Paul Short
Stunts
Patrick Statham
Stunts
John Nowak
Stunts
Hans Roland
Sound Mixer
Melissa Skoff
Casting
John K. Adams
Special Effects Supervisor
Dennis Bishop
Gaffer
Ron Moser
Construction Coordinator
Greg Yeffeth
Grip
Michael Becker
Still Photographer
Mary Morrisey
First Assistant Editor
Jack Tillar
Music Editor
Doyle Smiley
Special Effects Technician
Keith Claridge
Special Effects Technician
Karen Sorum
Scenic Artist
Jonathan Craven
Swing Gang
Ken Ebert
Special Effects Technician
Roberto "Tito" Blasini
Assistant Properties
Corinne Welch
Script Supervisor
Phillip Jacobson
Grip
Debbie Hayn
Unit Production Manager
Gina Scappaticci
Set Dresser
Doug Lefler
Storyboard Artist
Simon Scheeline
Electrician
Kane Hodder
Stunts Coordinator
David Handman
Additional Editing
Veronica Perry
Key Costumer
Blair Scheller
Boom Operator
Debra Manwiller
Casting Associate
Phillip Seretti
Re-Recording Mixer
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