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The Last Horror Film (Uncut Special Edition)

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The Tromasterpiece Collection continues with the grossly underrated slasher gem -- The Last Horror Film The infamous Joe Spinell, best known for his iconic role in Maniac, delivers his 'career defining performance' (Bill Gibon, DVD Talk) as an depraved, obsessed fanatic. Vinny Durand (Spinell) trails beautiful actress Jana Bates (fellow Maniac-alum Caroline Munro), to the Cannes Film Festival determined to have her star in his first film. As Durand's disturbing fascination grows, a mysterious killer begins slaughtering all people in Jana's entourage. Is the obsessed fanatic and the psychotic killer one in the same? Will this be Jenna's Last Horror Film? This stellar treatment of this forgotten classic, includes engaging Spinell-memorializing supplemental material, and is a must-own for any horror film enthusiast.

Special Features:
My Best Maniac: An afternoon with Joe Spinell's Best Friend, Luke Walter
Audio commentary with Luke Walter
Buddy Giovinazzo's short MR. ROBBIE, a.k.a. MANIAC 2, starring Spinell in his last film appearance
Interview with MANIAC director William Lustig
Original theatrical trailer
Introduction by Lloyd Kaufman
Tromatic extras

Review

SPINELL'S CAREER DEFINING PERFORMANCE...a relic of a twisted time in movie macabre! --DVD Talk

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Product Details

  • Actors: Joe Spinell, Caroline Munro
  • Directors: David Winters
  • Format: Color, Dolby, DVD, NTSC, Full Screen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Troma
  • DVD Release Date: May 19, 2009
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001SGEUH4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #131,318 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By M. Lawrence on May 19, 2009
Format: DVD
i am a huge fan of horror and this film did not dissappoint. at first this film appears to be nothing more than a generic slasher flick, but it turns out to be so much more. joe spinell provides an amazing performace as the psychopathic taxi driver that longs to be a director. and the film is only enhanced by the gorey deaths brought to those that cross him. not to mention the amazing ending. a must see for any horror fan.
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Insane guerilla filmmaking at its finest!

I'm still not over the last Troma release I reviewed, "Getting Lucky", but that's an ENTIRELY different review which I encourage you to check out for your self. In terms of "The Last Horror Film" I must give it 4 stars only because the print and transfer are relatively poor (the rarity of this film should be considered, however). That said, if you want to enjoy this film--which IS highly enjoyable--I suggest you purchase this DVD as it is unlikely that an improved version will be available for quite some time.

In terms of the film proper, it may even outshine "Maniac" as a vehicle for Joe Spinnel's acting prowess and its representation of maniacle obsessiveness. The suspence is coupled with a film-within-a-film playfulness that may have provided inspiration for films such as Wes Craven's "Scream." Stylistically, this film shines as it plays on the conventions of the traditional slasher films while adding its own iconography (you must see Spinnel dressed in drag or touching himself with the starlet's image projected on his bare chest to understand) ...

Those who enjoy finding that hidden gem should flock to this title. It's very difficult not to have fun watching this film. It's also nice to have the option of skipping Llyod Kaufman's introduction, which provides nothing more than boring fluff. The extras are sufficient with an introducing "conversation" with one of Spinnel's closest friends, trailers, and a director's commentary.

Fans of 70s/80s cult films should add this film to their collections, just remember that the DVD transfer/print is below average.
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Let me preface by saying that I adore the late Mr. Spinell (Rocky I&II, Taxi Driver, The Godfather Part II, Taxi Driver, and MANIAC!). And judging by various documentaries on Joe Spinell, he was well loved by many people. His friends speak kindly and fondly of him as an entertainer, person and friend. I have a feeling that he was larger than life in real life; his early passing is a shame.

With all of that being said, I have to judge a product fairly. My Spinell bias aside, this is not a fantastic horror film by any means. On the other hand, it's not terrible either. In some ways it actually falls into the "so bad, it's good" category, as many beloved cult films do. If you enjoyed Spinell's performance in Maniac, then I highly recommend this (previously obscure) little film. But if you are unfamiliar with his work, I'd say watch William Lustwig's "Maniac" first. Is it fair to compare Maniac and The Last Horror Film? I think it is, as Spinell's "Vinny" of TLHF is very much in the same vein of Maniac's "Frank." Though as much as the characters are similar, there are differences too. It seems that Spinell relishes playing the deranged guy so much that he actually treads the fine line of parody in this film. Maybe it is intentional, as there are comedic elements to TLHF? The meat of what I am trying to convey is that this is basically camp. I do not see it being appreciated by all. Maniac, though uneven in its thematic elements and story-line (The Anna and Frank romance is jarring to the vibe of the film), is a fairly unsettling and frightening film, despite the fact that it was made in 1980. Though The Last Horror Film was made a few years later, it feels far more dated and nonchalant than Maniac.
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"The Last Horror Film" aka "Fanatic", is about a taxi driver from New York named Vinny who's obsessed with the famous actress, Jana Bates. He leaves his mother after getting up money to go to the Cannes Film Festival to try and get her into a moie that he wrote, the only problem is he can't get to her. Now what do you do in a situation where you're obsessed with an actress but you can't get close because of heavy security? Go to anyone associated with her. He comes in contact with many people around her including her ex-husband, agent, producer, and others. And wadya know, they all turn up dead, starting with Jana's ex and director, but no one does much about the deaths because they think they're all just part of a joke. Now that everyone around her is dead Jana is free for Vinny's taking and it all comes down to the superior ending!

This film is great! It's definantly not your typical independent film. It's more! Alot more! You see the main character Vinny start to slowly crack and descend into complete madness. He calls his mother from time to time and breaks down. This film has less gore but more story than "Maniac". Definantly worth checking out, I recomend it to anyone.
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I was lucky enough to be cast in this film and had great fun with all of the cast and crew. As most independent films, this one struggled with money. Much of the film was shot with ends, causing many headaches with color matching, etc. Big battle occurred between David Winters and his Producers as to who owned the film and who controlled the editing and final product.

David fled to London taking all of the film he could. Between there and New York, he was able to shoot enough 2nd unit footage to craft a story in editing, one almost completely different than the original script. It was a true masterpiece in how to create a film when 1/3 of the script wasn't filmed. It won the French horror film of the year award when it was released.
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