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Coda (1987)

Not Rated | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | TV Movie 1 August 1987
A maniac is stalking and killing female students at a university.

Director:

Craig Lahiff
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Penny Cook ... Kate Martin
Arna-Maria Winchester ... Dr. Steiner
Liddy Clark Liddy Clark ... Sally Reid
Olivia Hamnett Olivia Hamnett ... Det Sgt Turner
Patrick Frost Patrick Frost ... Mike Martin
Vivienne Graves Vivienne Graves ... Anna (as Vivienne Greaves)
Bob Newman Bob Newman ... Psychiatrist
Adrian Shirley Adrian Shirley ... Real Estate Agent
Hedley Cullen ... Old Man at Opera
John Stoneham Sr. ... Police Artist (as John Stoneham)
David Sadler David Sadler ... Student at Window
Celine O'Leary Celine O'Leary ... Hospital Nurse (as Celine Griffen)
Michael Norman Michael Norman ... Detective (as Mike Norman)
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Storyline

This independent suspense-thriller is set in the hallowed grounds of academia. Mystery abounds after the murder of a music student when she falls to her death from a tower. Then a woman is hospitalized after an attack and the wrong man is arrested. But a masked phantom continues to stalk young female university students on the campus evoking a maniacal phantom of the opera. An Australian thriller in the Hitchcock tradition with references to Vertigo (1958), Psycho (1960) and Dial M for Murder (1954). Pic has a great music score by Frank Strangio and was lensed in the south of Adelaide at Flinders University. Written by Jamie Skinner

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When the music stops the nightmare begins... See more »


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1987 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Deadly Possession See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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This film was originally intended for Theatrical release but was released straight to video and television instead. See more »

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References Psycho (1960) See more »

Soundtracks

Costa diva from Norma
Composed by Vincenzo Bellini (as Bellini)
Sung by Joan Sutherland with the London Symphony Orchestra
Conducted by Richard Bonynge
Used by kind permission of PolyGram Records Pty. Limited
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A little slow
8 June 2006 | by TikkinSee all my reviews

Symphony of Evil is a slow moving film with a few nice touches. The opening scene is quite good, as we see a woman pushed from a window and her blood spilling onto a rose. Following this the pace gets a little slow, until eventually a bit of stalk-and-slash kicks in. The mask is really cool, very similar to the Michael Myers mask, yet unique in its own way. There are a few scenes that almost seem stolen from Halloween, such as when the killer is behind a washing line. The music is also rather similar.

The music and scenery in this film is great, and the chase scenes at the end are quite good too. What spoils the film however is the slow pace and the fact that you know who the killer is all the way through.

I wouldn't particularly recommend this film as it's nothing special.


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