The Last Horror Film! Caroline Munro’s Hair! Joe Spinell’s A Troma “Fanatic!”

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“I’ve seen enough fake blood to know the real thing when I see it.”

A troubled wannabe Filmmaker stalks the Actress he wants to star in his “horror masterpiece” in the cult classic “The Last Horror Film.”

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Legendary Character Actor Joe Spinell Is A “Fanatic!”

“The Last Horror Film” is a great low-budget cult film that was also known as “Fanatic” – a 1982 horror film starring the great character Actor Joe Spinell and iconic sex kitten Caroline Munro.

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Yes, Caroline is sporting a VERY early 80’s hairstyle, and yes, it is several different colors at the same time!

The director, David Winters, filmed on location at the Cannes Film Festival. Check out the trailer:

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Joe Spinell plays a New York City taxi driver who is obsessed with the international cult actress Jana Bates – played by the great Actress Caroline Munro.

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If you are unfamiliar with Munro’s work, she’s done a number of great movies, including her turn as a “Bond Girl.”

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Here is a look at Caroline Munro’s career:

https://johnrieber.com/2016/06/19/caroline-munro-from-sex-kitten-to-vincent-price-to-bond-girl-a-maniac-too/

Joe Spinell was a great character Actor, with roles in classic movies like “The Godfather”, as one of Michael Corleone’s hit men.

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Spinell acted in dozens of great films. He chewed out a young Travis Bickle in “Taxi Driver”, and he was Rocky Balboa’s first boss in “Rocky”.

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“The Last Horror Film” was Spinell and Munro’s third time working together, after “Starcrash” from 1978 and “Maniac” in 1980.

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Spinell fantasizes about becoming a great Director, so he follows Munro to the Cannes Film Festival, where she is promoting her new film “Scream.”

What is fascinating to watch are all of the shots of official 1981 film festival activities, with recognizable stars walking through the festival – of course, this film was shot guerrilla style without permits!

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I was lucky enough to attend the festival for years – here is a look at some of my unique celebrity encounters, including Arnold Schewarzennegger, Joan Rivers and adult film star Jenna Jameson!


https://johnrieber.com/2016/05/08/cannes-2016-remembering-joan-rivers-jenna-jameson-my-seven-greatest-cannes-film-festival-moments-arnold-schwarzenegger-jcvd-my-favorite-cannes/

“The Last Horror Film” isn’t an award-winning movie, but it’s a unique low-budget horror film and character study, and worth checking out – the entire creative team gave it their all and told a unique story…

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If you love Spinell’s other movie work, take a look at some fascinating trivia around “The Godfather”:

https://johnrieber.com/2014/07/19/the-godfather-screen-tests-robert-deniro-is-sonny-corleone-godfather-trivia/

My friends at Troma were behind the first release of “The Last Horror Film”…a terrific blu-ray release includes a new and “as always wacky” introduction from Troma Maestro Lloyd Kaufman, plus a bunch of other goodies…

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Troma is the leading independent movie studio in America, and have a long list of great cult classics…check them out here:


https://johnrieber.com/2013/12/03/exploitation-nazis-shakespeare-tromas-tromatic-holiday-gift-guide/

Let me know if you’ve seen “The Last Horror Film!”



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2 replies

  1. Joe was great as Cicci in the Godfather films, and played some good cop roles too.
    As for Caroline, she was just hot!
    Best wishes, Pete.

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