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An archaeologist is haunted by a nightmare in which his family is murdered.

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Manny Coto

Writers:

Keaton Jones (screenplay), Jackie Earle Haley (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lisa Aliff ... Jenny
Aron Eisenberg ... Daniel
Christopher McDonald ... Chris
James Purcell James Purcell ... Paul
Jamie Rose ... Marcy
Vincent Schiavelli ... Roman Hart
Kimberly Beck ... Secretary
Maja Sabljic Maja Sabljic ... Dr. Petrovic (as Maja)
Petar Bozovic Petar Bozovic ... Jelko
Sinisa Copic Sinisa Copic ... Orderly #1
Dragana Marjanovic Dragana Marjanovic ... Kaley
Ann Pesic Ann Pesic ... Chris' Mother
Mihailo Pesic Mihailo Pesic ... Little Chris
Slavoljub Plavsic-Zvonce Slavoljub Plavsic-Zvonce ... Guard
Dragomir Stanojevic Dragomir Stanojevic ... Orderly #2
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An archaeologist is haunted by a nightmare in which his family is murdered.

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He's been waiting for centuries. See more »

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Horror | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 September 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Schizo See more »

Filming Locations:

Belgrade, Serbia

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Smart Egg Pictures See more »
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Ultra Stereo

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Filmed in April, May, and June of 1989, but not released until going straight-to-video on 20 September 1990. See more »

Quotes

Roman Hart: Last stop - Hell!
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Alternate Versions

The Dutch Excalibur VHS release of the film features an alternate ending of the film, with Jenny now committed into a mental institution, suspected of the deaths of Chris, Paul, Marcy, Roman and Jelko. This ending is omitted from the U.S. Republic Pictures VHS and the Canadian Alliance/MCA VHS. See more »

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References The Exorcist (1973) See more »

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Playfully sinister
22 March 2005 | by BloodTheTelepathicDogSee all my reviews

This film really appealed to me, as I love the lush mountainous Eastern Europe countryside, and the hospitality of the locals. If you ever have the chance to visit Eastern Europe or the Balkans, don't hesitate to go.

Christopher McDonald(Happy Gilmore's Shooter McGavin) gives a remarkable performance, if not over-the-top, as an archaeologist determined to find the tomb of an evil child prince who enjoyed public displays of torture. The site has a history with McDonald as well, his family was brutally slain here when he was a child. Tagging along is his girlfriend/boss, former Miss Virgina Lisa Aliff, and his drunk photographer friend and his annoying yoga obsessed wife. Throw in character actor Vincent Schiavelli, as his father's assistant and current mental patient, determined to seek revenge, and you have a solid involving story.

The torture chamber was brilliantly constructed, and Christopher McDonald's deranged enthusiasm was classic. Lisa Aliff provides the skin, and it is rather noteworthy, she is an enchanting beauty. I have watched this film over and over again, and like it just as much as the first time I viewed it.


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