Slash Dance – USA, 1989 – overview and reviews



‘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 and J. Buzz Von Ornsteiner.



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…


Reviews [click links to read more]:

“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.”

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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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Main cast:

  • Cindy Ferda
  • James Carroll Jordan
  • J. Buzz Von Ornsteiner
  • Jay Richardson – The Unliving; The Wasp Woman; Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers; et al
  • William Kerr
  • John Bluto
  • Dee Booher [as Queen Kong]
  • Kelle Favara

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.”

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