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Seizure!

3.9 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

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Oliver Stone's first feature film! A prominent fantasy writer invites several guests to his isolated home for the weekend. But the gathering is crashed by three devilish figures from the author's dreams. When he awakes, it is only to discover that this

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Product Details

  • Actors: Hervé Villechaize, Jonathan Frid
  • Directors: Oliver Stone
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Telavista
  • DVD Release Date: June 5, 2007
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000PKG8XS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #252,939 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Format: Blu-ray
Finally Scorpion Releasing gives us fans a great looking blu ray of this long lost cult classic! Have been waiting for years for a legit release of Oliver Stone's first feature film. If you are a fan of this film, get you a copy of this blu ray. It is anamorphic widescreen and uncut and looking its best in years!! Only a few special features (not much) and the best being a great interview with the lively Mary Woronov. She talks of this films and her involvement in other cult classics.
This may not be Oliver Stone's best work but it has never looked this good! I would shop around and find it for under twenty bucks (got mine for 15 dollars).
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I purchased this to see Jonathan Frid in a regular role. I watched this to the end and I'm still wondering why just about everyone except the child became a villain, as if that was not bad enough there were no heroes to root for. The writer, Frid, a good actor, played a pathetic selfish man. I honestly believe his abilities could have been put to better use. The use of the little man, (midget) was such a failure here, he was comical not threatening at all, and as little people go, he looked even smaller. It was disappointing to see absolutely no affection displayed between Frid and his wife, he was excellent at playing a romantic character in Dark Shadows, so I think the director, Stone, made a mess of that.
I was impressed with the performance of the rich house guest, Joseph Sirola, he showed the greed and selfishness I would expect from someone facing death. This is not worth buying for the entertainment value but for nostalgia, it's ok, it's a disappointment if you're looking for a thriller or entertainment. I guess the grotesque Jackal is the horror and he was mute! The speaking part was given to the squeaky midget! Stone you lost your mind! The midget had more lines and appeared in more scenes than Jonathan Frid, who would think that this was possible? This should be about $7 not the outrageous price they're asking. The cd gave an error message in the cd player but easily played on the computer.
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Format: VHS Tape
I bought this movie strictly because I'm a Jonathan Frid fan. I, of course, loved (and love) him as Barnabas Collins, but I really became a fan after hearing some of the audio work on his site, some from his acclaimed one-man readers theater shows of the '80s and '90s, some completely new material. I knew about "Seizure", that it was Oliver Stone's first film, and a few plot items, but that was it. I was anxious to see this, his only non-DS starring role in a movie.

The plot has been adequately covered in previous reviews, so I won't restate it here. I thought the screenplay, by Stone and Edward Mann, did a good job of twisting and turning, keeping you guessing right up to the end.

Many of the acting performances, particularly by the women, were rather stiff. If this had been made five years later, it would have been a very different movie, and the not-so-great acting wouldn't have made a difference. However, this script wants very much to be character-driven. In only three cases does it succeed: Spider (Hervé Villechaize), who creates a ruthless character with very few words; the Queen of Evil (Martine Beswick), who is so cold, she's hot; and Edmund Blackstone (Mr. Frid), who has created these demonic figures in his nightmares, but has a heart big enough to be broken as each of the visitors to his home, and then his wife, are killed. You feel his gut-wrenching torment as this torturous massacre occurs, and when he is forced to kill one of the villains.

Mr. Mann and Mr. Stone attempt to script Edmund toward the end as a weak person, more interested in saving his own skin than anyone else's. However, Mr.
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Beware, this DVD release by Telavista is a bootleg taken from a full-screen, pan & scan VHS transfer. I was excited to think someone was finally putting out Oliver Stone's classic first feature on DVD, but alas... it was not so. Apparently, even he can't get the rights to his own film... some Canadian tax write-off has buried it.

Do not buy this horrible rip-off version.
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Format: DVD
Horror writer Edmond Blackstone and his wife Nicole (Jonathon Frid and Christina Pickles) are hosting a little gathering at their country estate. Both Edmond and Nicole have been plagued by terrible nightmares, featuring an eeevil woman known as "The Queen" (Martine Beswick) and her two creepy cohorts, known as "The Spider" (Herve Villechaize) and "Jackal" (Henry Baker). Unbeknownst to either the Blackstones or their guests, nightmare is about to bleed into reality. Somehow, it appears that characters from Edmond's latest story have crossed over. Madness and death ensue as everyone is captured, tormented, and hunted like animals. SEIZURE! is an odd, macabre film from 1974. Directed and co-written by Oliver Stone, it makes one wonder what it would have been like if Stone had simply become a horror movie director. He certainly had an eye for the grim, ghoulish, and grotesque! Frid and Pickles are quite believable, as are their unfortunate house guests. Cult goddess, Mary Woronov (SILENT NIGHT BLOODY NIGHT, DEATH RACE 2000, EATING RAOUL) co-stars as Mikki Hughes. Her knife fight w/ Edmond is classic stuff! Highly recommended for the lover of all things bizarre and bleak...
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