Fade to Black

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"Eric Binford lives for the movies... Sometimes he kills for them, too!"
  • R
  • 1980
  • 1 hr 42 min
  • 6.1  (4,950)
  • 54

Fade to Black, a psychological thriller from 1980 directed by Vernon Zimmerman, is an intense and disturbing exploration of the blurred line between reality and fantasy. The film centers around Eric Binford (Dennis Christopher), a socially awkward, movie-obsessed loner who lives with his overbearing aunt. Eric works at a film distribution company and spends his free time reenacting scenes from his favorite movies, often dressing up as different characters and reciting lines verbatim.

Eric's obsession with the movies takes a disturbing turn when he begins to blend fiction with reality. After being humiliated by a coworker, Eric sets out to seek revenge, using his extensive knowledge of movies to craft a deadly plan. As his fantasies become more and more intertwined with reality, Eric's mental state deteriorates rapidly, leading to a harrowing and violent climax.

Dennis Christopher delivers a haunting and unforgettable performance as Eric, expertly portraying the character's descent into madness. Tim Thomerson and Gwynne Gilford also give strong performances as Eric's concerned coworkers who begin to realize that something is seriously wrong with him.

The film is notable for its expert use of movie references and homages, with Eric calling out famous lines from classic films and even donning costumes to impersonate iconic characters like Dracula and Travis Bickle. However, the film also tackles dark and unsettling themes, exploring the dangers of escapism and the line between fandom and obsession.

Fade to Black is a uniquely disturbing film that effectively blends horror, suspense, and psychological intrigue. It's a must-see for fans of psychological thrillers and cinephiles alike.

Fade to Black is a 1980 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 42 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.1 and a MetaScore of 54.

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    6.1  (4,950)
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