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Seizure (1974)

PG | | Horror | 1974 (USA)
Jonathan Frid portrays a horror novelist who has a recurring nightmare about three figures out of his book who terrorize him and his family and friends during a weekend of fun. Then the ... See full summary »

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Edmund Blackstone
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The Queen
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Charlie Hughes
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Nicole Blackstone
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The Spider (as Herve Villechaize)
Anne Meacham ...
Eunice Kahn
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Serge Kahn
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Mark Frost
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Mikki Hughes
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Gerald
Timothy Ousey ...
Jason Blackstone
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Jackal (as Henry Baker)
Lucy Bingham ...
Betsy
Alexis Kirk ...
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Emil Meola ...
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Jonathan Frid portrays a horror novelist who has a recurring nightmare about three figures out of his book who terrorize him and his family and friends during a weekend of fun. Then the dream becomes reality and it never ends... Written by <Blythe379@cs.com>

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In a 2007 interview with Maitland McDonagh, actress Martine Beswick, related that Seizure (1974) was filmed within a lakeside house in Quebec, which also served as housing for the cast and crew to save on hotel costs, as well as to intensify the feeling of claustrophobia sought by director Oliver Stone. The house's plumbing noise would frequently ruin takes, so no one was allowed to use sinks, showers or toilets during shooting. "It was a little hairy, to say the least... everybody was a little crazed. I mean, the moods! The things that happened! And then the drinking. Everybody took to drinking. We'd have gallons of wine. I started making sangria. I became truly the Queen, I really did. I took over; the crew would eat stuff and leave dirty plates all around everywhere. I'm going, 'This cannot work! So I started leaving notes everywhere: 'If you do not clean that I will kill.' See more »

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Gas Station Attendant: I can't take a credit card.
Charlie Hughes: Why?
Gas Station Attendant: They have an encounter for the investigation.
Charlie Hughes: Listen idiot, this is a VIP card.
Gas Station Attendant: Look Jack, I...
Charlie Hughes: No wait a minute, Charles Hughes, not Jack. Did I say my name was Jack?
Gas Station Attendant: Jack, I don't particularly like being called an idiot.
Charlie Hughes: Wait a minute, wait a minute, my name is not Jack. It's Charles Hughes!
Gas Station Attendant: I don't care if your named was Rockefeller, nine dollars and twenty three cents.
Charlie Hughes: No no, not Rockefeller. Hughes, Charles Hughes, do you know what that means? You see that ...
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Decent first feature from Oliver Stone
1 February 2009 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

Seizure will be a point of interest to many simply for the fact that it is the feature film debut of Oliver Stone; made some years before he went on to make critically acclaimed films such as Platoon and JFK. Despite not being a big fan of the director; that was actually the thing that attracted me to this film also, and while I didn't go in expecting much; I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised as this is a surprisingly good low budget seventies horror movie. The film is halfway between a psychological horror and a slasher film and we focus on a troubled horror writer named Edmund Blackstone. He is plagued by a recurring nightmare which involves creations from his own literature terrorising him. He decides to invite some friends round to his isolated country home, but gets some uninvited guests in the form of those pesky evil characters he created; who proceed to break up the party by killing his guests.

Seizure features an obvious low budget and as such there is a very cheap feel to it. However, Oliver Stone gets over this problem well thanks to some very capable handling and an entertaining cast. The simple plot means that the director has plenty of time to build up his characters, and he does this well. The central location is isolated and that helps to build the tension as the innocent characters are trapped in the house at the centre of the film. The set of bad guys is undoubtedly the most interesting thing about the film; Martine Beswick leads the way as sultry 'Queen of Evil' and gets good back up from an exotic looking strongman as well as a menacing dwarf named 'Spider'. Things are kept interesting thanks to the immediate action and the dialogue between the central characters, as well as a few revelations. It all builds down to a satisfying conclusion that gives credence to the plot and main character. It's a shame this film is so obscure really because I'm sure it could find an audience and it's certainly not the worst film Oliver Stone ever made! Recommended, if you can find it.


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