Stimme des Todes (1989)

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Stimme des Todes: Directed by Gary Sherman. With Staci Keanan, Cheryl Ladd, D.W. Moffett, Tanya Fenmore. A flirtatious teenager with an eye for older men gets more than she bargained for when the handsome stranger she’s pursuing turns out to be a serial killer.

“Staci Keanan of u0026#39;My Two Dadsu0026#39; and u0026#39;Step by Stepu0026#39; stars as the title character, a girl in her early teens. Sheu0026#39;s a little too eager to grow up, especially since her mother Katherine (Cheryl Ladd), doesnu0026#39;t want her dating for at least another two years. One night, Staci literally runs into older man Richard (D. W. Moffett), and is struck by his good looks. She develops an obsession with Richard that includes following him to see where he works (he runs a restaurant). This escalates to a point where she goes ahead and phones him, and they engage in some seductive calls, with him not knowing that this mystery caller is the young girl whom heu0026#39;s just met. Ultimately, sheu0026#39;s playing with fire: we learn early in the movie that Richard is the evil Candle Light Killer who has been offing various unlucky local women.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003ePeople who love the other works of director Gary Sherman, such as his horror features u0026quot;Deathlineu0026quot; (a.k.a. u0026quot;Raw Meatu0026quot;) and u0026quot;Dead u0026amp; Buriedu0026quot;, and his sleaze drama u0026quot;Vice Squadu0026quot;, may be caught a little off guard at first with the tamer nature of this film. But in his own words, he basically made this for teenage girls, having also co- written it with Karen Clark. Taking it for what it is, itu0026#39;s watchable enough, with some adequate suspense and a climax that actually doesnu0026#39;t go overboard with violence. Joe Renzettisu0026#39; music is good, and the lighting by Alex Nepomniaschy is appropriate from scene to scene.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eKeanansu0026#39; appealing performance does go a long way towards making this work as well as it does. Moffett is similarly effective – heu0026#39;s charming when he needs to be, and refrains from being an over the top bogeyman, playing the part with some restraint. Ladd is good as the overprotective mom who believes to have the best interests of her daughter at heart; she doesnu0026#39;t want her to make the same mistakes she did as a kid. Tanya Fenmore is engaging as the best friend, and a rather under utilized Jeffrey Tambor gets little to do as the best friendsu0026#39; father.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eEven if u0026quot;Lisau0026quot; is not really anything special, one could also do a lot worse.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eSix out of 10.”

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