The Last Horror Film / Fanatical Extreme / Maniac 2
Judd Hamilton, David Winters for Shere Productions
directed by David Winters
starring Caroline Munro, Joe Spinell, Judd Hamilton, Devin Goldberg, David Winters, Susanne Benton, Mary Spinell (= Filomena Spagnuolo), Glenn Jacobson, J'Len Winters, Sharon Hughes, Sean Casey, Don Telley, John Kelly, Simone Overman, Malgosia Casey, Patty Salier, Chip Hamilton, George Valismis, Peter D'Arcy, Mai Britt Finseth, Valerie, Robert Paget, Katia Malmio, Dennis Beasnard, Richard Marner, Jenny Lipman, Holly De Jong, Tony McCann, Jane Wellman, Valerie Devereaux, Joanne Hicks, William Whittington, John Claude, Noreen Kantala, Corina Burkli, Marika Laususer, George Alschul, Ronald Dessautels, Marie Jose Welsch, Marty Ollstein, June Chadwick, Robin Leach, John Austin, Jane Rawlins, Mark Hutchinson, DAvid Jones, Melissa Carr, Judy Duckett, John Hamilton, Luke Walter, Tammy Hamilton, Marty Heckleman, Thomas F.Denove, Henri Marchal
written by Judd Hamilton, Tom Klassen, David Winters, music by Jesse Frederick, Jeff Koz, special effects by Peter McKenzie
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Vinnie (Joe Spinell) is a poor soul, a mama's boy and New York cab
driver who dreams of becoming a movie director and one day directing Jana
Bates (Caroline Munro), a horror actress he is obsessed about in an almost
unhealthy way, without any chance of course to ever meet her. Yet he
travels to the Cannes film festival to get in touch with her ... but
basically, he's jsut stalking her.
is a well-known horror actress who might actually become the first
performer to ever receive a palm d'or for a horror movie in Cannes.
Yet several days before the award ceremony, strange things start to
happen. First it's her manager and ex-husband Brett Bates (Greg Jacobson)
whom she finds dead in his hotel room, but when the police arrives, his
body is gone. After that, several of Jana's acquaintances in the movie
world turn up dead as well. But what really scares Jana shitless is when
Vinnie, her biggest fan, shows up in her hotel room when she has jsut
taken a bath and is dressed in a towel, and he seems to be threatening
her. Could Vinnie be the killer?
Eventually, Jana and her boyfriend
(Judd Hamilton) leave cannes to live in a nearby castle and not return
until the awards ceremony, but Vinnie has no problems tracking them down
and even gain access to the castle despite Jana's newly hired bodyguards
(John Hamilton, Luke Walker), who only just manage to chase him off the
premises before he can get to Jana.
At the awards ceremony, Jana's
boyfriend plans to substitute her with a body double (Tammy Hamilton) to
confuse the killer, who has obviously picked Jana as his next victim ...
but Vinnie has long grown wise to their little ploy, as he kidnaps the
real Jana, takes her back to the (now deserted) castle, where he impales
her ... but wait, it was all just a special effect, done for Vinnie's
camera, and with the shot in the bag, he plans to let her go ... when the
real killer shows up, none other than oproducer and ex-hubby Brett Bates
himself, who faked his own death to get rid of all those who he thinks
have wronged him in one sweep, using slightly mad Vinnie as the perfect
fall guy, and now he wants to have his revenge on his ex ... however, to
kill her, he has to get rid of Vinnie first, and Vinnie has a chainsaw.
the end of course, the killer gets his just desserts while Vinnie gets his
movie with Jana Bates ...
Rather routine and cheaply made
little slasher that clumsily uses its Cannes-locations to add some extra
production value to its goings-on, but that is held together by a creepy,
deranged performance by Joe Spinell and a nice plottwist at the end that
reveals him as the hero of the film for a change. Most of the 1980's style
pop music on the other hand is almost unbearable, and as good as Caroline
Munro might look otherwise, her partly bleached unusually big hair is a