Fade to Black

Fade to Black ★★★★

Eric Binford, the human embodiment of an IMDB trivia page, with all the personality and charisma that goes along with it. And here I thought I was a bit of a movie nerd... yeah, nevermind...

Such a fascinating character study from Dennis Christopher who plays up the psychotic part to near perfection. Falling deeper and deeper into an imitation of life wrapped up in the big screen, and when reality comes a-knockin', out comes Dracula, The Mummy, Hopalong Cassidy, and a whole lotta James Cagney to eliminate his problems, thrusting him further into fantasy. The shift from innocent weirdo movie nerd in the first half, into full on murderous maniac by the end is about as creepy, unsettling, and disturbing as it gets. Hell of a performance.

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