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5.0 out of 5 stars A bit more information for you film buffs out there..., October 21, 2000
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The story of how this film was made is almost as interesting as the film itself. Bogondavich was assigned a ridiculously short period of time by Roger Corman and a very small budget to come up with a contractual-obligation last film quickie for Karloff, with the only condition being that he had to incorporate scenes from the last two AIP Karloff films, flops that the studio was hoping to reawaken interest in. In just a few days, working on a shoestring, first-timer Bogdonavich comes up with this great, self-reflexive, funny, and disturbing film about an aging horror film star who wants to retire, because he feels his old gentle style of scaring people can't compete with modern horrors such as serial killers. This means that the "showdown" at the end of the film, where the sniper fires FROM BEHIND THE SCREEN, is not only great plotting, but thematically relevant; throughout the film, we're asked to consider our desire to watch horror movies in the first place. Anyone who really likes THINKING about cinema should love this -- it belongs on the shelf with PEEPING TOM and REAR WINDOW. It also has one of the funniest things I've seen in cinema -- a scene where Karloff catches his reflection in the mirror in an off-moment and, associating the image with years of monster movies, jumps in fear, before realizing it is only himself he's looking at... A great little movie.
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Initial post: Nov 30, 2015 10:17:20 PM PST
Adam Hollis says:
It should also be noted that Bogondavich had an un-credited co-writer... Hollywood legend SAM FULLER! Bogondavich brought the script to him and Sam then proceeded to do extensive rewrites to it. After 4 hours the final draft was complete. Bogondavich offered to give Sam Fuller co author credit but Sam refused saying "Kid if they knew i wrote that they'd think I wrote everything." to which Bogondavich said "Actually Sam you kinda did."

I love this movie to death! one of Karloffs best and one of Bogondavich's best.

In reply to an earlier post on Dec 1, 2015 12:20:01 AM PST
Holy cripes, you're kidding! I never knew that, that's fascinating. Where did you dig that tidbit up from? (I'm sharing it on Facebook and crediting you - good one!).
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