Directed by Dusty Nelson
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 up of eccentric and unpredictable talents.
A young cinematographer ventures to a remote mountain retreat to provide camerawork and special effects on a low-budget horror movie
Cast: Joseph Pilato, Susan Chapek, John Harrison
This movie blew my mind! It is truly an astonishing film with a meta element that feels more like it was made for today's market rather than its actual era, the late 70s. Unlike more contemporary examples (such as "Cabin In The Woods"), "Effects" is deceptively deadpan and doesn't spoon feed the plot to the viewer, so make sure to stay alert! The dialogue doesn't always spell everything out, you have to remain engaged to keep up. The rewards are great though, I can't think of many examples of movies that did to me what "Effects" did. I was shaken!
I was sold as soon as I saw Savini!!! Loved this one!!!
could have been something nice but it took waaay too long to build up and the payoff wasnt worth the time
Disappointing ending, but nice overall. Long live Pilato.
A very good micro budget film. It has quite a bit going for it. There's good tension, the score by John Harrison is great (he's also great as the scumbag filmmaker) and, the editing & the photography is quite good. Very creative. It's nice seeing Joe Pilato in a starring role as well, shame he didn't get many of those. It's a very naturalistic performance. He's very likeable in this as opposed to his best known role as the wickedly mean son of bitch Rhodes in Romero's Day of the Dead (1985). He had a lot of range as an actor, It's a shame he didn't get more opportunities. I definitely wouldn't call this a horror film, more of a twisted character drama. I recommend it if you want to see something interesting. The less you know going in, the better.