The Last Horror Film 1982 ***

Joe Spinell was a tough looking NYC resident who turned up in films like The Godfather Part II and Taxi Driver. He clearly had ambition to spare, starring in The Last Horror Film, as well as using his own apartment and mother to create a deeply personal film. Spinell plays Vinny, a cab driver with aspirations to direct; he heads to the Cannes film festival where he stalks star Jana Bates (Caroline Munro). But when Jana’s workmates start getting murdered in grisly ways, suspicion falls on Vinny. The Last Horror film has a positively Warholian twist on the slasher genre, with numerous film-within-a film switches. It also makes full use of the festival; illicitly filmed, David Winters’ film provides a fascinating picture of Cannes in 1981.


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