SLASH DANCE (1989) Reviews and overview

 

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‘Save the last dance… for Hell!’

Slash Dance – aka Slashdance – is a 1989 American horror thriller feature film written and directed by James Shyman (Hollywood’s New Blood). The movie stars Cindy Ferda, James Carroll Jordan, J. Buzz Von Ornsteiner and Jay Richardson. 

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Plot:

In Hollywood, a female cop goes undercover as a dancer at an old theatre to catch a serial killer who has been murdering women auditioning for a musical…

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Reviews:

“There are a lot of red herrings tossed around, along with a lot of big hair, acid-washed denim, horrible acting and downright retarded storytelling. This movie also tries to inject a lot of really unfunny, inappropriate humor throughout, which gives it a schizophrenic feel as it switches back and forth from wacky high jinks to musical montages to serious violence, all without batting an eyelash.” CHUD.com

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“The title is perfect for an 80s slasher but the film itself plays out like a made for television murder mystery with humor scattered throughout. Sadly, the painfully dull scenes and the tedious dialogue makes it a tough one to sit through. Finally, the film does have a few deaths with a little blood and light practical effects.” Horror Society

Slashdance is an utterly avoidable effort that fails to deliver as a slasher, as a comedy or even as a dance movie. There’s really nothing to recommend here and its best avoided.” A Slash Above…

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Slash Dance is very bad, and I don’t really think it’s even much of a curiosity for slasher fans unless you really want to see shoot guns on a firing range, deliver dropkicks, and show off her high-heel throwing prowess. No matter how cool that sounds, it really isn’t. Trash it!” Oh, the Horror!

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“The intentional humor is so not funny that it totally travels full-circle and becomes funny again, which is very rare … Look, if you want a decent slasher set in the world of theatre, try Stage Fright or Curtains. But if you just want some fabulously bad direct-to-VHS ’80s-cheesy-style fun, I highly recommend Slash Dance, some friends, and a six-pack.” Final Girl

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“Lots of dancing. Few thrills.” John Stanley, Creature Features

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Cast and characters:

Cindy Ferda … Tori Raines (as Cindy Maranne)
James Carroll Jordan … Logan (as James Carrol Jordan)
J. Buzz Von Ornsteiner … Amos (as Joel Von Ornsteiner)
John Henry Richardson … Edison (as Jay Richardson – The Unliving; The Wasp Woman; Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers; et al)
William Kerr … Oliver
John Bluto … Rupert
Dee Booher … Repo (as Queen Kong)
Kelle Favara … Mavis
Jackson Daniel … Jeff (as Jackson Daniels)
Vinece Lee … Cleo
Janice Patterson … Maxine
Shari Blum … Annie
Susan Deemer … Holly (as Susan Kaye Deemer)
Lanell Henson … Susie
Cynthia Cheston … Alice
Joleen Mullins … Misty (as Joleen Tropp)
Richard Scalata … Trope
Daniel H. Friedman … Sling (as Daniel Friedman)
Diana Karanikas … Dancer
Kelli Lee … Dancer
Karin Clark … Dancer
Denise Ames … Dancer
Aimee Becker … Dancer
Julie Roberts … Dancer
Julie Trotta … Bar Girl
Nader Abedz … Bartender
Cheri Reardon … Hooker
Sharyn Simmons … Cop

Choice dialogue:

“Ok, but if I end up looking like the Hunchback of Notre Dame from sleeping on your couch, it’s your fault.”

“It’d like to tap dance, on his head.”