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Making movies can be murder!

Joe Pilato (Day Of The Dead) 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 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 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.

Co-starring special effects legend Tom Savini (Dawn Of The Dead, Creepshow) and produced by John Harrison (Tales From The Darkside, Frank Herbert's Dune), Effects is a twisted and highly sought-after horror cult classic. Essentially "lost" for over a quarter century, Effects is now finally available on DVD!


  • Length
  • Rating R
  • Released:
  • Added Sep 02 2005
  • Production Year 1980
  • Empire SKU 746094
  • UPC Code 654930304792
  • Studio  Synapse Films
  • Packaging Keep
  • Number of Discs 1
  • Disc SS-DL


Commentary by Producer John Harrison, Director Dusty Nelson and Editor Pasquale Buba
"After Effects" - An All-New 60 min. Featurette
Original Short Films: "Ubu and "Beastie"
Behind-the-Scenes Photo Gallery
Liner Notes
Animated Menus
Chapter Selections


  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Mono
  • Video
    Widescreen 1.78:1 Color (Anamorphic)

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