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Deadly Messages (1985)

Laura Daniels, single and bored, finds new interest in life when she discovers an old ouija board. It appears, however, that the object's previous owner was murdered - and messages from beyond warn Laura that she may be next.

Director:

Jack Bender

Writer:

William Bleich (as Bill Bleich)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kathleen Beller ... Laura Daniels
Michael Brandon ... Michael Krasnick
Dennis Franz ... Detective Max Lucas
Scott Paulin ... Dr. Roger Kelton
Elizabeth Huddle Nyberg Elizabeth Huddle Nyberg ... Nurse Irma Crenshaw (as Elizabeth Huddle)
Charles Tyner ... George Clark
George Wyner
Raye Birk ... Harding
Kurtwood Smith ... Lieutenant Burton
Kit McDonough ... Book Clerk
Sherri Stoner Sherri Stoner ... Cindy Matthews
Joseph G. Medalis Joseph G. Medalis ... Kenneth Blatt
Barbara Collentine ... Loretta Clark
Dennis Redfield ... Dick Pizza
Michael Cassidy Michael Cassidy ... Mark Banning
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Laura Daniels, single and bored, finds new interest in life when she discovers an old ouija board. It appears, however, that the object's previous owner was murdered - and messages from beyond warn Laura that she may be next.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 1985 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ouija See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Proof that TV movies used to be better
29 December 2006 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

I am surprised nowadays how many TV movies I've seen are slow-moving - and yet, their scripts run about 1 hour and 42 minutes today as opposed to 1 hour and 52 minutes some 20 years ago. Even with more time to fill, there were TV movies like "Deadly Messages" around that moved at a quick pace, were suspenseful and entertaining.

The story in "Deadly Messages" continues to evolve until the very end, so there is always a surprise around the corner for the viewer. Laura Daniels (Kathleen Beller) is a pretty young woman living with her attorney boyfriend Michael (Michael Brandon) when one night, as she is trying to gain access to her apartment from the fire escape because she has no keys, she sees the woman staying with them murdered. Afterward, she becomes convinced - with reason - that the killer is after her, especially after a Ouija board sends a message that says "I am going to kill you." The police don't believe her; her concerned boyfriend takes her in for a CT scan, where it's discovered that she's had electroshock therapy. She denies it. Michael then finds more evidence that something is terribly wrong with the woman he thought he knew.

There are parts of "Deadly Messages" that will have you on the edge of your seat, and the suspense really builds. Beller, who seems to be retired now, is a likable actress capable of big histrionics, which were needed for this film. Brandon has less to do, and his part isn't the most sympathetic, but he comes off fine. Dennis Franz is guess what, playing a police detective in this, and it's a very similar character to NYPD Blue's Andy.

Well above average - I love suspense movies; I wish more TV movies were like this one.


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