Special Effects (1984)


The movie Special Effects (1984) is a thriller film directed by Larry Cohen and starring Zoe Lund, Eric Bogosian, and Brad Rijn[1]. The film’s plot centers around a struggling actress named Andrea Wilcox who becomes involved in a murder investigation when she is hired to work on a horror film. The movie explores the blurred lines between reality and fiction, as Andrea begins to suspect that the murders she is witnessing on set may not be staged[2].

The movie begins with Andrea Wilcox being hired to work on a horror film directed by Christopher Neville. As filming progresses, Andrea begins to notice strange occurrences on set, including the murder of a stuntman. She becomes increasingly paranoid and begins to suspect that the murders she is witnessing may not be staged. Her suspicions are further fuelled when she discovers that the film’s producer, Gary Glass, has a history of using real-life accidents and deaths in his films[1].

As the movie progresses, Andrea becomes more and more involved in the murder investigation, putting herself in danger as she tries to uncover the truth. Her investigations lead her to the film’s star, special effects artist, and ex-boyfriend, Christopher Neville, who she believes may be responsible for the murders. However, as she gets closer to the truth, she begins to realise that the lines between reality and fiction are becoming increasingly blurred[2].


  • Zoe Lund as Andrea Wilcox
  • Eric Bogosian as Christopher Neville
  • Brad Rijn as Gary Glass
  • Kevin O’Connor as Detective
  • Bill Oland as Detective


  • The movie Special Effects was directed by Larry Cohen, who also wrote the screenplay.
  • The film was shot on location in New York City on a budget of approximately $1.5 million.
  • Special Effects was released on DVD by Synapse Films in 2006.



  1. Wikipedia
  2. IMDb
  3. Rotten Tomatoes
Last updated byAnonymous on November 1, 2023