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Scream Queen Sunday: Brinke Stevens

Diane (Brinke Stevens) goes over final details to a house she's renting from Herman (Michael Berryman)

Diane (Brinke Stevens) goes over final details to a house she's renting from Herman (Michael Berryman)

Foreshadowing is something that we take for granted in our daily lives, but when you look back on your life you'll find some glimpses into those little details.

During a screenplay conference that I attended in August of 1991, one of the highlights to the week was when actors came in and did a scene or two from movies that we were writing. Tom Shell (Jeff) was one of the actors and he had to leave early since he was working on a movie later that night. I didn't know it would be this movie.

Since I was really never into the horror genre, I had no idea who Brinke Stevens (Diane) was, so I bought a copy of this movie before interviewing her in 2006. The first time I watched it was in a hurry and I missed a lot.

A year or two later, I did a quick interview with Eddie Deezen (Eddie) and I was going to interview him about this movie, but had completely forgotten about it since I had other interviews lined up.

It's strange how my path crossed with three people from this movie, but I'll tell you what. This is a movie you'll want to add to your collection.

Don't expect jump scares or tons of gore as Diane moves into a creepy old (furnished) house that was the site of a murder and comes with a great price- $50, but real estate agent Herman (Michael Berryman) thinks that Diane is playing hardball and drops the price to $25.

He's scared of the place and hurries out before sunset and Diane goes about unpacking and encounters a few strange occurrences, but thinks its her mind playing tricks on her.

While unpacking, her boyfriend Jeff calls and says that he's going to come over, but Diane doesn't feel it and has been trying to let him know that she's really not interested in him anymore because she wants to be independent.

As the night falls, she starts to encounter more strange occurrences and calls her sister Sally (Elena Sahagun) to come over. Sally debates and with her investment broker husband Mike (John Henry Richardson) they end up at the house.

They agree to stay for about an hour and notice that Diane isn't the repressed college student that she normally is. She's become a vixen and while Sally busies herself in the kitchen, Diane is busy trying to seduce Mike.

What they don't know is that Diane is being possessed by the previous owner of the house Baron DeSade (Hoke Howell) and when they figure start to figure it out, they tie Diane up in her bedroom.

A semi drunken Jeff comes over and of course jumps to conclusions after seeing partially dressed Sally and Mike (he doesn't know that they're related to Diane) so he tries to rescue her from their deviant clutches. Mike warns him not to untie her, but he doesn't listen.

The three begin to explore the house and when they realize that Diane is possessed, they call Father McFerrin (Robert Quarry) to come over and perform an exorcism.

Father McFerrin isn't the sharpest tool in the shed as he turns Diane into a dog and when he calls the Monseigneur (he gets the answering machine) he accidently calls a pizza parlor and while talking to the totally rad pizza worker (Grant Austin Waldman) an order is placed because no one understands the other.

Enter Eddie.

Rolling up on his scooter, Eddie brings the pizzas that have been ordered and all he wants is his $53.97 plus tip. Those inside think he's the exorcist.

Since it's after midnight, the Demon (Oliver Darrow) needs a virgin to sacrifice and is getting a little impatient, since Diane is proving to be inept and Eddie's disappeared somewhere in the basement. But, Eddie doesn't want any part of this and his only reasoning was that he was promised comic books.

Things start to get chaotic for the characters and of course everything ends on a good note (there really should have been a sequel).

Stevens wrote the screenplay and really did do a great job on it. This movie has some great comedy in it (which is hard to write) and almost seems like a love letter to the old screwball comedies of the 1930's and the monster films as well.

This is a fun little movie and of course you'll groan at some of the stuff, but it's all for fun and is a great parody of films up to that point in time.

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