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Double Exposure (Katrina’s Nightmare Theater) 
Written by: on February 24th, 2012

Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1983
Director: William Byron Hillman
Writer: William Byron Hillman
Cast:Michael Callan, Joanna Pettet, James Stacy, Pamela Hensley, Cleavon Little, Seymour Cassel, Frances Bay, Sally Kirkland

DVD released: February 21st, 2012
Approximate running time: 94 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: R
Sound: Dolby Digital Mono English
Subtitles: N/A
DVD Release: Scorpion Releasing
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $16.95


Synopsis: A photographer for a men’s magazine becomes the prime suspect, when the models that he is working with start turning up dead.

The origins of Double Exposure begin with the film The Photographer, which also happened to written and directed by William Byron Hillman. Another connection to the aforementioned The Photographer is actor Michael Callan, who portrays a similar character in both films. Reportedly the idea for Double Exposure, was to use footage from The Photographer and shoot a few additional scenes to flesh things out. Unfortunately the producer for The Photographer would not allow the footage to be recycled, thus forcing those involved with Double Exposure to take a slight detour and a new story would have to be constructed.

Content wise, Double Exposure owes more to Italian thrillers, then it does Slasher films. With the film’s use of misdirection by using POV shots for the killer and disguising the killers hands with black gloves, being two of the more obvious things that draw from Italian thrillers. And while this film does try very hard to keep the momentum going with its use of misdirection and its inventive kill scenes. It is the other moments which make up this film, that time and again affect the pacing.

Outside of Michael Callan’s (Mysterious Island, Cat Ballou) turn as a man on the edge, none of the other cast members leave any lasting impression. With that being said there are many recognizable faces in the cast, Joanna Pettet (Casino Royale – 1967 version), Pamela Hensley (‘Buck Rogers in the 25th Century’), Cleavon Little (Blazing Saddles), Seymour Cassel (Faces), Frances Bay (Blue Velvet) and Sally Kirkland (Anna). Ultimately despite its shortcomings, Double Exposure is a fun ride that that will keep you on the edge of your seat right up to its shocking conclusion.

The DVD:

Scorpion Releasing presents Double Exposure in its original 2.35:1 ‘scope’ aspect ratio (this also marks the first time this film has ever been released in its original aspect ratio on home video). Colors and flesh tones look accurate, black levels fare well, details look crisp throughout and there are no problems with compression.

This release comes with one audio option, a Dolby Digital mono mix in English. The audio sounds clean, clear and balanced throughout.

Extras for this release include a trailer for the film (2 minutes 52 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), a on camera interview with actor Michael Callan that is hosted by Katarina Leigh Waters (10 minutes 40 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), two audio commentaries, the first one with cinematographer  Michael Stringer and script supervisor Sally Stringer and the second one with actor Michael Callan, filmmaker Scott Spiegel. Both audio commentaries are moderated by Katarina Leigh Waters.

Topics discussed in the interview and two audio commentaries include, the cast, locations, stunts – most notably scene in which a car drives dangerously close to  Michael Callan’s character while he taking photographs and the visual look of the film – shooting in the ‘scope’ format and use of POV shots for the killer.

There are two ways to watch the main feature, ‘Play Movie’ or ‘Play Katarina’s Nightmare Theater’. This second option include comments before and after the main feature from Katarina Leigh Waters, who’s comments are done in a more analytical way as she gives a overall of who all the main players in this production are and she closes with her thoughts on the main feature. Rounding out the extras are trailers for Death Ship, The Survivor, The House on Sorority Row, Don’t Answer the Phone, Final Exam, Humongous and Incubus. Overall Scorpion Releasing gives Double Exposure its best home video release to date.

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