Fade to Black

Fade to Black ★★★★

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

“You spend all your time daydreaming and watching those silly movies on the TV and on your projector.”

Fade To Black is a 1980 psychological horror comedy film written and directed by Vernon Zimmerman and stars Dennis Christopher (It, 1990) as a shy and lonely cinephile who embarks on a killing spree against his oppressors while impersonating classic film characters.

With homages to classic cinema — particularly classic horror and slashers, Fade To Black almost feels like a subtle precursor to Scream, if Scream was to focus on its killers rather than Sidney.

With a twisty, interesting narrative balanced by an insane performance from Christopher (who I always liked the most out of the adult Losers in It), Fade To Black is a pretty fun movie.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s some weird editing and a cop side plot that only harms the pacing, but the film is quite good, especially for the Easter eggs it presents.

Overall, I definitely recommend this fairly underrated slasher flick as it definitely is a fun one, plus there’s an appearance from a young Mickey Rourke which is cool.

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