Joe Pilato stars as Dominic, a young and enterprising cinematographer who has ventured to a remote mountain retreat to provide camerawork and special effects on a low-budget horror movie. What he finds there is a skeleton crew made up of eccentric and unpredictable talents. Even worse, the director Lacey Bickle (John Harrison) is a humorless dictator who likes to shoot at all hours of the night. Despite the hardships, Dominic's time on the set is lightened by the presence of Celeste (Susan Chapek), the beautiful young gaffer who also appears to be at odds with the rest of the crew. But as their relationship intensifies, it becomes clear that all is not as it seems. While the director orchestrates his scenes of terror and fright, behind the walls of the mountain lodge another film is being made. Secret cameras follow Dominic and Celeste everywhere they go. No one is who (or what) they seem to be. Lacey Bickle is about to make the most horrifying movie of all time and it may very well cost everyone their careers and their lives.
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Great example of how a good story/idea can overcome a minimal budget. Does anyone else suspect A Serbian Film took a few cues (no pun intended) from this movie?
This film makes no sense to me....can't find a plot !
Twist and twist and twist. Loses a bit of steam right at end, but still a good ride.
I love films like this, you know, period films where you try and guess the year it was filmed in. PLUS....a semi star you reconize from the past AND...it was a very good film in itself...Oh, yes, the other past star, cocaine as it was in the late 70's era, a non adictive recreational drug...In all a wonderfully entertaining movie !!!
I'm giving EFFECTS 5 stars, because it was such a surprise. It was a very well done, low-budget thriller. The photography was a little dark at times, so it was sometimes difficult to see the actors properly, but that is a minor complaint. Much of this crew worked with Romero on MARTIN, DAWN OF THE DEAD, KNIGHTRIDERS, etc., and it shows. It has the same feel as those other films...which is a good thing!