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An aspiring actress from Dallas leaves her husband and small child to come to New York City, where she soon gets involved with a film director on the decline. Furious his last film failed because of budgetary disputes, he murders the young actress and the act is caught on video by a camera hidden in the room. The actress’ husband came to New York to bring her home, and immediately becomes the prime suspect, but the filmmaker approaches him and asks for his help in shooting a film about his deceased wife’s life. They find a woman with an incredible resemblance to the victim and offer her a chance to star in their film, but the police are on the husband’s tail – particularly because the filmmaker is feeding them seemingly incriminatory evidence. The noose tightens and the stage is set for the bloody finale.
Distinguished by a very peculiar and intriguing concept, as well as great acting by Zoë Lund and Eric Bogosian, Larry Cohen’s 1984 film called Special Effects is a snuff-themed effective thriller with resonant Hitchcock or De Palma vibes. With a screenplay written by Cohen back in the sixties entitled The Cutting Room, Special Effects is a cleverly written, multilayered film that at the same time manages to entertain the audience and deliver a clear commentary on the often cruel and heartless mechanism of showbusiness and the corruption lurking beneath the glossy surface of young people’s dreams of succeeding in Hollywood.