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