Wednesday, November 09, 2011
(1985) [TVM] ***
Laura Daniels, who I keep mistaking for ”Jackie” from Too Close For Comfort, witnesses a murder and is summarily ignored by the police despite being repeatedly stalked by the victim’s assailant. Seeking answers from her Ouija board (?) only frightens her more when she receives the message, “I am going to kill all of you!”
Soon her boyfriend becomes concerned about her mental stability and during an (unethical) consultation with Laura’s doctor he learns that she was once the recipient of shock therapy. When confronted Laura denies this allegation. Later Michael stumbles upon this book,
and learns that everything Laura has ever told him about herself, including her name, comes from a fictional book series. Laura continues to deny the reality of what Michael is suggesting and decides to do a little investigating of her own. Her investigation eventually leads to a mental hospital where a nurse greets her with an emphatic, “Welcome home!” Laura appears to be having a major identity crisis…
A late entry for the made-for-TV movie cannon, Deadly Messages looks like a theatrical movie and charmingly oozes the 1980s. I mean, even this guy is in it,
The climax involves a long chase through a blustery October evening with swirling leaves and wailing violins, what’s not to like? It’s a perfect slice of 80s cheese.