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Plot: Shy, lonely Eric Binford delivers film cassettes and film-related supplies in Los Angeles for a living. But he really exists only to watch movies and immense himself in fantasies about cinematic characters and stars. Frequently bullied and betrayed, Eric comforts himself by pretending to be one of… Runtime: 102 min Release Date: 14 Oct 1980
I saw this film many years ago and it was the first time I had seen Dennis Christopher. The young man so completely un-nerved me I was convinced that the producers had employed a real life loon for the project.Although falling short in plot development, dialogue, direction and more, I do enjoy watching this film on video every now and then just to savor the sheer perversity of the character and the actor who brought him to life.This is, by the way, the only Dennis Christopher film I have seen that actually employs his full range of abilities. The over blown and sappy "Breaking <more>
Away," seems to have typecast Christopher as a mincing little twerp who smiles his way into everyone's heart. Please!I much prefer "Fade To Black," while the film does have some problems it does work, mostly through the talents of its lead actor.
Dennis Christopher plays Eric Binford, an awkward and isolated film geek who is obsessed with the movies. He spends his free time obsessively watching the classics of Hollywood's bygone era, chain-smoking and ignoring the nagging of his abusive aunt. After meeting an aspiring actress/Marilyn Monroe lookalike, Eric falls deeper into his delusions of cinematic grandeur, and begins executing his enemies just like he sees in the movies.Confused social commentary or perhaps just a cleverly written meta-narrative for modern horror cinema, "Fade to Black" is an all around treat that <more>
caters to anyone who considers themselves a cinephile. Part horror film and part psychological drama, the film oscillates between Eric's day-to-day life struggles and the grim re-enactments he begins making of his favorite film scenes. Although a low budget picture, the cinematography here is classy and the camera picks up on the glamorous facade of Los Angeles and juxtaposes it with its underbelly of working class citizens, which parallels with Eric's internal struggle. Dennis Christopher's neurotic performance is key here, as he exemplifies the role of the excessive dreamer. Part of the film's success in connecting to the audience is the ways in which Eric reminds us of ourselves— we are all dreamers, some more than others, but his internal struggle as it manifests into real life theatrical performance reveals a bit about our own dreams and how they square up with our realities— hopefully with not quite as horrific of consequences. An innocent and plucky performance by Linda Kerridge as the Marilyn Monroe lookalike/object of affection is a memorable counterpart to Christopher, and unfolds as a postmodern Marilyn phantasm of Eric's delusions. The understated and downbeat conclusion does not lend the film a "feel good" tag by any means, but is there any other way for it to end? "Fade to Black" is a film made by dreamers, for dreamers, but its protagonist's plight is universal—we all have the makings of the perpetual underdog. Although the vast majority of us have the better sense and dignity to not act upon our destructive fantasies, there is a cathartic and appropriately voyeuristic element to watching someone live out that which is internalized in a free society. After all, we are not the owners of our fantasies or our desires; they are the owners of us—and there's a little Eric Binford in all of us, too, whether we want to admit it or or not. 9/10.
Fade to Black is a chilling, eerie look into the downward, deadly spiral of loner Eric Binford. At first glance, this seems like a standard slasher: abused loner finally snaps and gets lethal revenge. Looking beyond the surface, it turns out to be a haunting portrayal of abuse, alienation, and escaping from the ugliness of reality through the silver screen. Eric Binford is a lonely film geek who constantly watches, references, and quotes classic films. He lives with his sadistic, wheelchair-bound aunt Stella. Bitter due to Eric being indirectly responsible for her maiming car accident ago, <more>
Stella verbally abuses and harasses Eric constantly. The most ugly line she spews is "You're worthless, just like your father!" He then goes to his film company job, with a hard-nose boss. After being stood up and ridiculed by a hooker, Eric snaps. He calmly kills off all those who have treated him like dirt, using real-life movie reenactments. As the film progresses, we see Eric's sanity crack like a cheap mirror as reality gives way to his fatal fantasies. Although corny and low- budget, Dennis Christopher gives the performance of a lifetime and literally knocks them dead. A must-see for psychological horror fans and anyone who like thrillers.
A movie for movie lovers who hate movie lovers (by rokcomx)
A cinema devotee murders via movie scene recreations - rarely has Hollywood portrayed its own audience as potential serial killers who emulate what they see on screen. The surprise here is that the killer's inspiration isn't always horror movies, but rather gangster flicks and even Hopalong Cassidy westerns, genres whose inherent violence is often overlooked, or at least under acknowledged.Dennis Christopher - lauded for his geeky role in Breaking Away - found perhaps his greatest role as movie buff Eric Binford, a shy pasty-faced loner and mama's boy who works on the outskirts of <more>
the movie biz and patterns every aspect of his life after the films he adores. When bullies drive him over the edge one played by young Mickey Rourke! , he retreats into a dream world that allows him to act out his revenge fantasies, at first seeking only to frighten.However, when his first scare tactics result in homicide his boss has a heart attack, a bully running away from him accidentally impales himself on a fence , Binford takes it to the next lethal step --- Film buffs will love all the winking references to classic cinema, and the Marilyn Monroe look-a-like lead actress does one of the most convincing impersonations ever. The finale on the roof of Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood echoes several specific movies, in particular James Cagney's White Heat with snippets of Cagney actually edited into the action , but it manages to be unnervingly unique in its own right, mainly because we've come to sympathize and even care for Eric Binford.I eagerly await a proper DVD release of this 1980 cult classic!
'Fade to Black' may not be one of cinema's greatest films, but it is a minor masterpiece of sorts. cinema great does'nt quite hit it, but it does have the feel of a masterwork. and it is definitely some kind of epiphany and homage to cinema that reaches a strange plateau that is hard for any film to surpass or emulate.while referencing so many cinema classics from the Golden Age, and many horror films, it creates an all new cinema monster. this time the monster is the cinema fan himself. the viewer and film buff. it's about a guy who thinks, lives and breathes cinema. and <more>
combined with a disillusionment with life, it turns him into a ghoulish horror.this whole thing is sort of a 'Walter Mitty' story gone terribly wrong. it's about how our fantasies both make us, control us, and can often break us. it's this guy's fantasies that make him inspired and unique. they are also his coping mechanism to deal with a hum drum frustrating world. but when his world begins to go terribly wrong, the coping mechanism goes into overdrive and drives him into delusion and murder. you could write a text on this stuff. it's brilliant.the acting is just great by Dennis Christopher as the obsessed cinema fan turned homicidal mutant. there is also a hilarious bit role played by a fledgling Mickey Rourke as one of Christopher's unfortunate victims. and an intense performance by Eve Brent Ashe as Christopher's wheelchair bound aunt/mother. but possibly the real stunner here could be Linda kerridge, an uncanny Marilyn Monroe look alike. her performance is both haunting and truly memorable. and she looks so much like the real Marilyn M. at times, that you have to take a double take. she is especially good in the final scenes where Christopher acts out 'The Prince and the Showgirl' while feeding her Quaaludes hey boomers, remember ludes? and pumping her with alcohol, ending in an exciting escape to the top of the Chinese theater in Hollywood with a strange 'King Kong' type ending. crazy.Vernon Zimmerman's outstanding direction also recalls the 'B' flicks of Roger Corman and Robert Aldrich.all in all, this is an amazing and memorable cinema experience guaranteed to haunt any true cinema buff for life. if you are a real fan of cinema, and classic Hollywood, and don't mind being "punked" a little, this film is for you.
Hits close to home. Too close. (by BandSAboutMovies)
A movie about a socially awkward, totally obsessed film fan whose love of old films borders on the obsessive, with nights filled with movie after movie after movie? This one hits a little too close to home.Eric Binford Dennis Christopher, Breaking Away works in a Los Angeles film distributor warehouse by day and watches movies by night. He' the guy I was referring to earlier - someone so into movies he gets bullied by his family and co-workers. And when he meets Marilyn O'Connor, who looks like Marilyn Monroe, he finally finds someone whose looks are similar to the movie ideal that <more>
life does not always achieve. Or maybe he's just so crazy that when he sees her, he goes into a fantasy fugue state and only sees what his brain will allow him to see.Somehow, Eric is able to ask her out, but she stands him up by accident. This makes him go completely out of his mind, transforming himself into various film icons to destroy his enemies.First, he re-enacts Kiss of Death by pushing his Aunt Stella who is really his mother down the steps, showing up to her funeral as Tommy Udo, the role Richard Widmark played in the film. No one gets it. No one has seen the movies that Eric loves. There is no one to discuss them with. They can't even put her grave next to Marilyn Monroe's grave in Westwood Village Memorial Park Cemetary.Eric then becomes Count Dracula, attending a midnight showing of Night of the Living Dead. Eric then goes to Marilyn's house in a scene that's taken from Psycho. She screams, he drops his pen into the water and the ink becomes the blood. "I only wanted your autograph," he yells as he runs.Eric then goes back to find a hooker who had been rude to him. He chases her, she falls and dies, then he drinks her blood. Obviously, Eric has not seen Martin. Actually, the way this scene is intercut with scenes from old black and white horror films, I am certain that the makers of this film have seen Romero's vampire film.Now that Eric has gone this far, why not dress up as Hopalong Cassidy and kills off Richie Mickey Rourke in an early role , a co-worker who bullies him. Oh yeah - Tim Thomerson is a criminal psychologist who is working with a policewoman they're having sex, because 1980 and all to find what he believes is a serial killer. The big problem is that his captain wants all the glory for himself.Eric talks to his aunt as if she were still alive, then after watching Halloween producer Irwin Yablans also produced that film , he pleasures himself to a photo of Marilyn Monroe.Eric's dream has been to own his own movie theater and to make his own movie. He tells a sleazeball named Gary Bially his idea, Alabama and the Forty Thieves and you get the feeling not much good can come of it.Eric's boss fires him and won't allow him back into work to get his posters. As his everyday self, even when trying to talk like a movie character, Eric is impotent. But when he's dressed as The Mummy, he can frighten his boss into a heart attack.After seeing Gary Bially on a talk show, talking up the movie Eric created as his own, Eric shows up to the produer's brithday party. Dressed as James Cagney's character from White Heat, he fires a submachine gun at everyone in the room before killing the man who stole from him.The cops are on to Eric, but he's hired Marilyn for a photo shoot and is all set to re-enact The Prince and the Showgirl when Thomerson's character arrives. Eric runs to Mann's Chinese Theater and makes it to the roof before dying just like Cagney in White Heat, yelling, "Made it, ma! Top of the world!"Writer and director Vernon Zimmerman also created Unholy Rollers, but this movie is way beyond that. It shows how only seeing the world as the movies can be a danger to yourself and everyone else. Eric goes from shy and withdraw to dark and mean by the end of the movie, as he slowly becomes a new character. I wonder what he would have thought about the movie that they made his life into?
Quirky and fun thrill show. (by loomis78-815-989034)
Eric Binford Christopher is obsessed with movies. His entire life is surrounded by them including his job working in a film vault. Eric lives at home with his Aunt Stella Brent who is in a wheelchair. Eric spends his time watching movies on a projector in his room which is covered with movie posters and stills and movie memorabilia. Movies are Eric's escape from reality which he doesn't do too well with. He is constantly picked on at work and yelled at by his cranky boss. One day he meets a woman Kerridge who is a dead ringer for Marilyn Monroe and makes a date with her in which <more>
she unintentionally stands him up. One night Aunt Stella is on his case and breaks his projector and Eric snaps. Acting out a scene from a classic film he dumps his Aunt wheelchair and all down the stairs. This psychotic break from reality has Eric start acting out scenes from movies and taking his revenge out on any one who has wronged him. Dracula, Hopalong Cassidy, the Mummy and a Gangster are just some of the parts he plays as he goes about killing those who deserve it. The climax takes part on top of the Chinese theater like in the film "White Heat". Binford is someone we all can identify with. He is a great film fan but a complete misfit in everyday life. There is this tragic tone that beats at the heart of this movie all the way to its end. Eric doesn't know where to stop and this becomes a big problem as reality slips away and the movies take over. Binford actually thinks the woman he has met is really Marilyn Monroe. Dennis Christopher is excellent as Eric Binford and his performance is a big part of the success of this film. Director Vernon Zimmerman effectively splices scenes from the real movies Eric is thinking about when he goes out to kill. The second act of the film is very fun with Binford dressing up and carrying out his weird brand of revenge. The best scene and the most suspenseful one is when he attacks his boss at night in the darkened film vault dressed like the Mummy. The plot is clever and very fun with lots of irony and black humor. The only real misstep is the writer character Thomerson trying to track Eric. This is a distraction and really was unneeded. Fade to Black is never really that scary but it is so quirky and fun most horror fans will get a real thrill from it.