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Scared Stiff (1987)

R | | Horror | 23 October 1987 (USA)
Strange visions come to haunt a singer when she, her son, and her psychiatrist-turned-boyfriend move into an old colonial house that is haunted by the ghost of a ruthless slave owner.

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Richard Friedman

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Mark Frost (original screenplay), Daniel F. Bacaner (original screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrew Stevens ... David Young
Mary Page Keller ... Kate Christopher
David Ramsey David Ramsey ... George Masterson
Josh Segal Josh Segal ... Jason
Bill Hindman Bill Hindman ... Dr. Ben Brightman (as William M. Hindman)
Jackie Davis Jackie Davis ... Detective Whitcomb (as Jakie Davis)
Nicole Fortier ... Elizabeth Masterson
Brian Smith Brian Smith ... Director
Tony Shepherd Tony Shepherd ... Wally
Tom Kouchalakos Tom Kouchalakos ... Michael Murphy
Jennifer Hingel Jennifer Hingel ... Jennifer
Richard Jason Richard Jason ... Elizabeth's Son
Pete Conrad Pete Conrad ... Short Man
Carol Gun Carol Gun ... Sherry
Ellen Simmons Ellen Simmons ... Claire
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Strange visions come to haunt a singer when she, her son, and her psychiatrist-turned-boyfriend move into an old colonial house that is haunted by the ghost of a ruthless slave owner.

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There's no place left to hide.

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 October 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Abraxas See more »

Filming Locations:

Miami, Florida, USA

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Budget:

$1,300,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Manson International See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Mary Page Keller was not a "star" yet when this film was made. Andrew Stevens was the "bigger name" actor at the time. See more »

Goofs

The workman's eyes clearly move after he is dead. See more »

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Referenced in Rewind This! (2013) See more »

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Beat of the Heart
by Billy Barber
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Imaginative Low Budget Horror
23 May 2019 | by tildagravetteSee all my reviews

I'm not going to sit here and say that Scared Stiff is some sort of lost classic of the genre. It's not. It has pacing problems and you're never quite sure if it's a haunted house movie, a "she's losing her mind" movie, or an installment of the Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, but when it gets something right, it really gets it right.

A single mother pop star moves into a spooky antebellum mansion with her child and boyfriend and not only begins to unravel the house's gruesome history, but starts to believe that she's actually seeing the previous owners in her day to day life.

Scared Stiff starts out as a typical haunted house film. The lead character is plagued with visions and dreams of the wicked slave owner who used to live there and she thinks she's losing her mind. All of a sudden, it seems as if her doctor boyfriend can't be trusted either and it turns into one of those "is she crazy or being gaslit?" movies, before pulling out all the stops in a genuinely imaginative and nightmarish final act.

It's not as if Scared Stiff is brilliant, but it's competent and the final act is incredibly memorable, creepy, and downbeat.


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