Director: Dusty Nelson Cast: John Harrison, Susan Chapek, Joseph Pilato


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This low-budget, Pittsburgh-lensed thriller takes a semi-satirical look at the low-budget horror film industry. The story centers on an insane filmmaker who hopes his crowning achievement will be a "snuff" documentary about the actual demise of a film crew working on a horror-movie shoot. Obviously, the director's real cast and crew are none too pleased to find themselves unwilling participants in this project. Fans of steeltown horror movie icon George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead) will spot a few of the director's frequent collaborators--including producer-editor Pasquale A. Buba, composer John Harrison, and FX guru Tom Savini, who also appears in a small cameo-- although Romero himself was not involved. Released to video as The Manipulator.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/22/2017
UPC: 0760137996781
Original Release: 1980
Source: Agfa
Region Code: 0
Time: 1:24:00
Sales rank: 37,184

Special Features

New 4K scan from the only 35mm theatrical print; After Effects documentary with Commentary track; Early short film; Archival Commentary Track; Liner notes by AGFA's Joseph A. Ziemba

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Harrison Lacey Bickle
Susan Chapek Celeste
Joseph Pilato Dom
Bernard McKenna Barney
Debra Gordon Rita
Tom Savini Nicky

Technical Credits
Dusty Nelson Director,Screenwriter
Nancy Allen Makeup
Carl Augenstein Cinematographer
Pasquale A. Buba Editor,Producer,Sound/Sound Designer
Zilla Clinton Associate Producer
John Harrison Score Composer,Producer
Ellen Hopkins Art Director
Nicholas Mastandrea Sound/Sound Designer
Tony Panatella Special Effects
Tom Savini Special Effects
Toni Semple Cinematographer
Regis Survinski Special Effects

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