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Lady Stay Dead (1981)

A Young woman is looking after her sister's house, unaware that her sister and neighbor have been murdered by their handyman who also happens to be a serial killer.

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Terry Bourke

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Terry Bourke
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Cast

Cast overview:
Chard Hayward ... Gordon / Handyman-Killer
Louise Howitt Louise Howitt ... Jenny / Marie's sister
Deborah Coulls Deborah Coulls ... Marie / Jenny's sister
Roger Ward ... Officer Clyde Collings
Les Foxcroft Les Foxcroft ... Billy Shepherd
James Elliott James Elliott ... Patrolman Rex Dunbar
Brian Hinzlewood Brian Hinzlewood ... TV Director (as Brian Hinlsewood)
George Murray George Murray ... Businessman / Client
Barry Donnelly Barry Donnelly ... Security Man at Crash
James Moss James Moss ... Security Man at Crash
Allen Scholz Allen Scholz ... Chauffer
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Storyline

Gordon (Chard Hayward) works as a handyman at the Rocky Beach Motel. He proceeds to spy on singer and actress Marie Coleby (Deborah Coulls), who is bad tempered, bossy and constantly barks orders at and berates him all day. Later that day, when she packs up to drive to the airport to pick up her sister, Jenny (Louise Howitt), he intrudes on, and rapes her. When she bites and calls him an animal, he drowns her in her fish tank in a fit of rage. While trying to hide her body in a garbage bag, her neighbor Billy Sheperd (Les Foxcroft) catches him in the act and is also killed by Gordon, who also poisons Billy's dog. Later, Jenny is driven home from the airport and finds the house empty. She later finds her jewels of her necklace in the fish tank and even finds Billy's dog floating in the water at the beach. She tries to tell Billy but sees his body lying on the couch and mistakes him for merely napping. She tries making a few phone calls to find her sister and even tries calling Billy ...

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The trick is to stay alive!

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 September 1981 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Nacht der Apocalypse See more »

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Budget:

AUD610,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color
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Trivia

One of the only English-language slasher films that was not released in America during the early 80s slasher craze. It wasn't released in America on VHS until 1986 by Video City Productions. See more »

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References Maniac (1980) See more »

Soundtracks

Loving from a Distance
Written by Ted Ottley and Bob Young
Performed by Tina Young
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4 June 2005 | by aussiekerrieSee all my reviews

It's a bit slow at first, but it gets going. What a camp film.

I noticed Roger Ward wearing what could only be a hair piece which looked like a doormat missing the welcome sign. When they put the woman in the fish tank to drown her, she didn't fight very hard and was rather unrealistic, but I guess that adds to its camp disposition! It's not the best film I have ever seen Roger Ward in - his performance in Mad Max will always be my favored. I would suggest you try and get a copy of LSD. It's one of those films you will have a soft spot for... in a peculiar kind of way. Typical of how 1970's films were shot in Australia


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