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Scared Stiff
The Masterson Curse / Abraxas / Der Voodoo-Fluch

USA 1987
produced by
Daniel F. Bacaner for Manson International
directed by Richard Friedman
starring Andrew Stevens, Mary Page Keller, David Ramsey, Josh Segal, Bill Hindman, Jackie Davis, Nicole Fortier, Brian Smith, Tony Shepherd, Tom Kouchalakos, Jennifer Hingel, Richard Jason, Pete Conrad, Carol Gun, Ellen Simmons, Chris Gilbert, Dee Dee Deering, Denis Hartigan, Patricia Rainier, Artie Malesci, Donald Duke, Andra Dalto, Clarence Thomas, Cortney Brown, Irving Jones, Jay Amor
written by Mark Frost, Daniel F. Bacaner, Richard Friedman, music by The Barber Brothers

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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Kate (Mary Page Keller), a singer recovering from a nervous breakdown, moves into a new home with her new boyfriend and former psychiatrist David (Andrew Stevens) and her son from a previous relationship Jason (Josh Segal), and at first things couldn't go better. Sure, a handiman dies while fixing the roof, but that isn't noticed by anybody and his body's never found, so apart from a slightly rotten smell in Jason's room that's no bother. But then Kate and David discover the secret of the place, that it has once been owned by cruel slave owner George Masterson (David Ramsey), who was so evil in fact that his own wife Elizabeth (Nicole Fortier) helped his slaves to perform some wicked voodoo on him. Of course, this was more than a century ago, but the more Kate reads in Masterson's journal, the more she's haunted by visions of him, and the mere fact that some human bones are found in the house's attic (probably from Masterson's time) make these visions all the more vivid. David does his best to calm her down, but psychiatrist that he is, his professional opinion soon is she's having a relapse. He already wants to re-admit her to the asylum he has first met her at when ... he has a weird change of heart, and it's at his next confrontation with Kate we begin to realize why: He's possessed by George Masterson, and he's out to kill Kate and Jason. And when the two of them try to escape, they are caught in a weird labyrinth that's even going back in time to Masterson's era, and their only hope is to combine a broken stone amulet to make the horror disappear - that's easier said than done though when they have no idea where or when they are ...

 

Now I won't lie to you, Scared Stiff is not the best horror movie ever made - but if you're a fan of 80s horror, it's at the same time a definite must-see as it ticks all the right boxes, from a slightly over-the-top yet simplistic horror plot via properly ghastly practical effects to gruesome rubber creature masks and a finale that is quite non-sensical but at the same time highly effective. And while it might be true that it helps to shut off one's brain at least occasionally during this one, it's also true that the film is lots and lots of fun for just what it is - and that's a great trip down memory lane!

 

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