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Unhinged (1982)

Unrated | | Horror | 15 October 1982 (USA)
Three young women who crash their car during a rainstorm are taken in by a bizarre family at their large, rural estate.

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Don Gronquist
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Cast

Cast overview:
Laurel Munson Laurel Munson ... Terry Morgan
Janet Penner Janet Penner ... Marion Penrose (as J.E. Penner)
Sara Ansley Sara Ansley ... Nancy Paulson
Virginia Settle Virginia Settle ... Mrs. Penrose
John Morrison John Morrison ... Norman Barnes
Barbara Lusch Barbara Lusch ... Gloria
Bill Simmonds Bill Simmonds ... Carl Penrose
Francine Molter Francine Molter ... Terry's Mother (voice)
Dave Hood Dave Hood ... DJ (voice)
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Storyline

College students, Terry, Nancy and Gloria are on their way to a rock concert, driving through a torrential rainstorm... only to crash their car, badly injuring one of them. Seeking shelter and aid they come across a house occupied by a man-hating mother and her daughter... our trio soon wish they hadn't. Written by suspicous

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Taglines:

Get your slice from the reaper. Violence beyond reason, Victims beyond help. See more »

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Horror

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Demencial See more »

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Budget:

$100,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Anavisio Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

The film was banned in the UK as part of the "Video Nasties" controversy in 1983 due to its graphic violence and nudity, and was pulled off shelves nationwide. It was later given an uncut DVD release in 2004. See more »

Quotes

Terry Morgan: A lot of really weird things are going on round here!... Breathing, strange sounds, your Mother, now faces at the window... I can't stand it!
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The fast-food restaurant chain, "Taco Time" is given a special thanks in the end credits, because of the radio ad that is heard in the beginning of the movie. See more »

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Referenced in The Big Box: To the Devil a Daughter (2009) See more »

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PIANO CONCERTO NO. 20 IN D MINOR, K. 466, mvt. 2
by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
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Superior slasher film once banned in Britain
28 February 2005 | by lazarilloSee all my reviews

Three girls on the way to a concert crash their car in a rainstorm on a desolate country road. They wake up in the house of a very homely but apparently kindly young spinster. At dinner they meet her invalid mother who has a pathological hatred of men (after her late husband was caught molesting a young girl) and is convinced that her daughter is secretly carrying on under her nose with various men in the deserted house. The old lady seems crazy, but the guests soon realize that there does seem to be a strange man lurking around. . .

Ironically, this movie has become well-known because it was once considered a "video nasty" and banned for many years in Britain even though it has only three (admittedly very violent) killings, which has to be some kind of record for these type of films. It is actually one of the few post-"Friday the 13th" slasher movies that is more interested in creating an eerie atmosphere and truly intriguing mystery than in racking up a high body count of hapless teenagers. It is also sometimes compared to the original "Sleepaway Camp" (which I personally consider the nadir of the slasher flick if not the horror genre and cinema in general) largely on the basis of its similar ending. But where the "surprise" ending in "Sleepaway Camp" comes out of nowhere, the ending here fits in perfectly with the creepy plot. And where the ending in "Sleepaway Camp" was a blatant cheat created by ludicrous special effects (the naked body of an older man pasted onto what is obviously a barely pubescent teenage girl)this movie will genuinely fool you.

It is admittedly a pretty amateurish film. The acting is awful, especially the actresses playing the stranded teens (but they stop and take a shower every half hour or so, so you kind of forgive them). And its low budget in a way adds to its spunky indie charm. At any rate, it's miles above "Sleepaway Camp" or many of its fellow 80's slashers ("Bloody Moon", "The Dorm that Dripped Blood") that are famous now for no other reason than having once been banned in Britain. Definitely check it out.


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