SCARED STIFF (1987) Reviews and not recommended

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‘There’s no place left to hide.’

Scared Stiff is a 1987 American supernatural horror feature film directed by Richard Friedman (DarkWolfPhantom of the Mall: Eric’s RevengeDoom Asylum); Tales from the Darkside – four episodes) from a screenplay co-written with Mark Frost and producer Daniel F. Bacaner. The movie stars Andrew Stevens, Mary Page Keller, David Ramsey and Josh Segal.

Arrow Video is releasing Scared Stiff on Blu-ray via a brand new 2K restoration on April 22nd, 2019.

  • Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements
  • Original uncompressed Stereo audio
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Brand new audio commentary with director Richard Friedman, producer Dan Bacaner and film historian Robert Ehlinger
  • Mansion of the Doomed: The Making of Scared Stiff – brand new documentary featuring interviews with Richard Friedman, Dan Bacaner, Robert Ehlinger, actors Andrew Stevens and Joshua Segal, special effects supervisor Tyler Smith and special effects assistants Jerry Macaluso and Barry Anderson
  • Brand new interview with composer Billy Barber
  • Image Gallery
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Reversible sleeve featuring two original artwork options
  • Limited edition O-card featuring original Graham Humphreys artwork
  • Fully illustrated collector’s booklet with new writing on the film by James Oliver


Singer Kate Christopher (Mary Page Keller) moves into an old colonial mansion with her son and psychologist boyfriend David (Stevens). However, when they make a strange and gruesome discovery in the boarded-up attic, it soon becomes clear that the mansion carries with it a dark and blood-stained past – and one that is about to terrorise them in the present…


“Andrew Stevens is woodenly amusing as the psychiatrist bad guy and director Richard Friedman (Doom Asylum) shoots the film well enough […] It’s all pretty cheesy.” 80s Horror Central

Scared Stiff is definitely a film that most B horror fans should venture into seeing. It literally has everything. Horrible editing, awful acting, a script that goes nowhere, off the wall gore (at the end), and an incredible silly ending!” CMR Keyboardist

“Everything in the film is written to cliche – the heroine with the psychiatric history who is unsure whether she is seeing things or not, the banal hauntings, the house with the tortured past. In just about every way, Scared Stiff resembles a TV movie ghost story.” Moria

” …there are some suitably gooey monster makeup, and an exposed brain gag that I really loved. The effects are enthusiastically gross and the story unleashes them by the truckload during the totally bonkers finale. Scared Stiff tricks you into thinking it’s a horror movie when it’s really 83 minutes of the purest nonsense thrown at you.” Outpost Zeta

“Like the Freddy pictures there’s a bunch of really elaborate, gooey latex effects. A couple of them (like the talking puppet version of the hanging house painter) have a cartoonish look that reminds me of Beetlejuice or the early Peter Jackson stuff.” Vern’s Reviews

Cast and characters:

  • Andrew Stevens … David Young – Venomous; The Terror Within; 10 to Midnight; The Seduction; The Fury; Massacre at Central High
  • Mary Page Keller … Kate Christopher
  • David Ramsey … George Masterson
  • Josh Segal … Jason
  • Bill Hindman … Doctor Ben Brightman (as William M. Hindman)
  • Jackie Davis … Detective Whitcomb (as Jakie Davis)
  • Nicole Fortier … Elizabeth Masterson
  • Brian Smith … Director
  • Tony Shepherd … Wally
  • Tom Kouchalakos … Michael Murphy
  • Jennifer Hingel … Jennifer
  • Richard Jason … Elizabeth’s Son
  • Pete Conrad … Short Man
  • Carol Gun … Sherry
  • Ellen Simmons … Claire
  • Chris Gilbert … Mover

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