Phantom of the Mall: Eric's Revenge (1989)

R | 88 mins | Horror | 1 December 1989

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HISTORY

       Phantom of the Mall: Eric’s Revenge was actress Kari Whitman’s feature theatrical film debut.
       The following acknowledgements appear in end credits: “Colton Piano, New Leaf, Windsor Fashions, The Wet Seal, Sam Goody’s Musicland, Robert Brody, Farnsworth, Garfield High School, Home of Peace Memorial Park,” and, “Filmed on Location at Sherman Oaks Galleria, Sherman Oaks, California; Promenade Mall, Woodland Hills, California; and at Valencia ... More Less

       Phantom of the Mall: Eric’s Revenge was actress Kari Whitman’s feature theatrical film debut.
       The following acknowledgements appear in end credits: “Colton Piano, New Leaf, Windsor Fashions, The Wet Seal, Sam Goody’s Musicland, Robert Brody, Farnsworth, Garfield High School, Home of Peace Memorial Park,” and, “Filmed on Location at Sherman Oaks Galleria, Sherman Oaks, California; Promenade Mall, Woodland Hills, California; and at Valencia Studios.
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BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Los Angeles Times
4 Dec 1989
p. 5.
Variety
31 May 1989
p. 37.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Fries Entertainment Presents
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Unit prod mgr
1st asst dir
2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
2d 2d asst dir
Dir, Addl photog
Prod mgr, Addl photog
1st asst dir, Addl photog
2d asst dir, Addl photog
2d 2d asst dir, Addl photog
2d 2d asst dir, Addl photog
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
Assoc prod
Line prod, Addl photog
Prod supv, addl photog
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
1st asst cam
2d asst cam
2d unit cam op
2d unit cam op
2d unit asst cam
2d unit asst cam
2d unit gaffer
Best boy elec
1st elec
2d elec
3d elec
Key grip
2d unit key grip
2d unit key grip
Best boy grip
24 frame video services
24 frame video services, Video 24
16mm cam op
Still photographs
Still photographs
Dir of photog, Addl photog
1st asst cam, Addl photog
2d asst cam, Addl photog
Gaffer, Addl photog
1st elec, Addl photog
2d elec, Addl photog
Best boy elec, Addl photog
Key grip, Addl photog
Best boy grip, Addl photog
Dolly grip, Addl photog
Grip, Addl photog
Grip & lighting equip
ART DIRECTORS
Prod des
Asst art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Film ed
Asst film ed
Apprentice film ed
Apprentice film ed
Negative cutter
SET DECORATORS
Set dresser
Set dresser
Lead person
Swing gang
Scenic artist
Cont foreman
Lead carpenter
Carpenter
Prop master
Asst prop
Scenarist, Dir, Addl photog
Leadman, Addl photog
Swing man, Addl photog
Set desser, Addl photog
Prop master, Addl photog
COSTUMES
Cost des
Cost supv
Costumer
Ward asst
Ward, Addl photog
MUSIC
Mus supv
Mus coord
Asst to the comp
Addl background mus supplied by
Music eng
SOUND
Sd mixer
Boom op
Post prod sd supv
Supv sd ed
Electronic sd eff ed
ADR ed
Looping service
Voice over
Foley ed
Re-rec mixer
Re-rec mixer
Sd mixer, Addl photog
Boom op, Addl photog
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff coord
Spec eff asst
Model snake des by
Titles and opticals
Title des
MAKEUP
Makeup eff
Makeup
Hairstylist
Makeup/Hair asst
Spec eff makeup lab asst
Spec eff makeup lab asst
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting dir
Exec in charge of prod
Scr supv
Loc mgr
B & G Consultant/Mumser
Prod services provided by
Prod coord
Prod secy
Asst to prod
Asst to the dir
Casting asst
Extras casting
Extra casting, Cenex
Prod controller
Prod auditor
Prod asst (office)
Prod asst (set)
Prod asst (set)
Prod asst (set)
Prod asst (set)
Unit pub
Transportation coord
Transportation capt
Craft service
Craft service
Catering
Driver
Driver
Unit prod mgr
Driver
Honeywagon driver
Prod supv, Addl photog
Prod coord, Addl photog
Script supv, Addl photog
Craft service, Addl photog
Animal trainer, Addl photog
Prod asst, Addl photog
Prod asst, Addl photog
Cast doctor
Insurance
STAND INS
Stunt coord
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Stunt player
Body double for Ms. Whitman, Addl photog
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col by
SOURCES
SONGS
"Heart Of Darkness," performed by Stan Bush, written by Stacy Widelitz & Lara Cody, produced by Stacy Widelitz
"Easy Money," performed by Felicia Collins, written by Felicia Collins & Nancy Huang
"I Need An Alibi," performed by Ron Lasalle, written by Brian McLeod & Ron Lasalle, courtesy of SBK Entertainment World
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SONGS
"Heart Of Darkness," performed by Stan Bush, written by Stacy Widelitz & Lara Cody, produced by Stacy Widelitz
"Easy Money," performed by Felicia Collins, written by Felicia Collins & Nancy Huang
"I Need An Alibi," performed by Ron Lasalle, written by Brian McLeod & Ron Lasalle, courtesy of SBK Entertainment World
"Shame On You," performed by Tenfu, written by Jan Pulsford, courtesy of English Valley Music
"The Sensual One," performed by Dynamojo, written by Raymond Morris & Molly Farley
"Dying In This House," performed by Dynamojo, written by Raymond Morris & Molly Farley
"Don't Wait," performed by Berardo, written by Chris Berardo & Bill Cinque
"When The Lights Go Down," performed by Boulevard, written by Mark Holden & Randy Gould, courtesy of SBK Entertainment World
"Tonight," performed, written & produced by, Randy Jackson and Liz Jackson
"Running," performed, written & produced by Jesse Saunders
"You Are The One," performed by The Taurus Boyz, written by Danny D & Garry Bell, courtesy of Chyrsalis Records
"Body Heat," performed by Philly Mac & Major Woe, written by Lenny Macaluso & Richard Bell, produced by Lenny Macaluso
"Is There A Phantom In The Mall?," performed by The Vandals, written by Joe Escalante & David Quackenbush, produced by Joe Escalante.
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PERFORMERS
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DETAILS
Release Date:
1 December 1989
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 1 December 1989
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Lenses
Panaflex® Cameras and Lenses by Panavision®
Duration(in mins):
88
MPAA Rating:
R
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
29812
SYNOPSIS

High school senior Eric Matthews sneaks his girlfriend, Melody Austin, into his house late at night to find a letter from land developers demanding that his parents sell their home to make way for a new shopping mall. He crumples up the letter up and they go to his room. A year later, Mayor Karen Wilton and mall owner Harv Posner open up the first wing of the new mall. Posner announces a black-tie investor party to be held on the Fourth of July. Unknown to them, Eric, wearing a partial mask made from a mannequin’s face, is watching from a ventilation shaft. Melody Austin and her friends, Suzie and “Buzz,” are hired to work at the mall. The two girls are asked to pose with the mayor for publicity shots and photographer, Peter Baldwin, instantly falls in love with Melody, and reveals that he photographed her the night Eric’s house burned down. She recalls seeing the arsonist, who was wearing a religious medal as an earring. Melody told police, but they did not believe her. Melody opens her work locker to find a bouquet of orchids. Melody tells Peter Baldwin that Eric bought her orchids the last night he was alive. Later, Harv Posner orders his security guards, Devon and Arcardi, to check the air ducts because he thought he heard rats. Arcardi pulls rank and the task falls to Devon. As Devon passes Melody, he asks if she wants to “pull his chain,” unaware Eric is watching. On the loading dock, Eric runs over Devon with a forklift. Harv is in his ... +


High school senior Eric Matthews sneaks his girlfriend, Melody Austin, into his house late at night to find a letter from land developers demanding that his parents sell their home to make way for a new shopping mall. He crumples up the letter up and they go to his room. A year later, Mayor Karen Wilton and mall owner Harv Posner open up the first wing of the new mall. Posner announces a black-tie investor party to be held on the Fourth of July. Unknown to them, Eric, wearing a partial mask made from a mannequin’s face, is watching from a ventilation shaft. Melody Austin and her friends, Suzie and “Buzz,” are hired to work at the mall. The two girls are asked to pose with the mayor for publicity shots and photographer, Peter Baldwin, instantly falls in love with Melody, and reveals that he photographed her the night Eric’s house burned down. She recalls seeing the arsonist, who was wearing a religious medal as an earring. Melody told police, but they did not believe her. Melody opens her work locker to find a bouquet of orchids. Melody tells Peter Baldwin that Eric bought her orchids the last night he was alive. Later, Harv Posner orders his security guards, Devon and Arcardi, to check the air ducts because he thought he heard rats. Arcardi pulls rank and the task falls to Devon. As Devon passes Melody, he asks if she wants to “pull his chain,” unaware Eric is watching. On the loading dock, Eric runs over Devon with a forklift. Harv is in his office when Devon’s corpse drops onto his desk from an air conditioning vent. A note pinned to the body reads: “An eye for an eye.” That night, in the mall’s parking garage, Melody cannot get her car started. As she looks under the hood, a masked man attacks her. An arrow strikes the attacker in the shoulder and he flees. The next day, Harv informs Arcardi that Devon has been fired and Christopher Volker, a man wearing a religious medal earring, will replace him. Peter Baldwin spots Harv in a record store and snaps a photograph of him. Christopher Volker chases the photographer, but Peter gets away. When he shows the photograph to Melody, she confirms the man is the arsonist who torched Eric’s house. In the dress store where Suzie works, Justin Posner, the mall owner’s son, accosts her and demands a kiss. Harv arrives and orders Justin to vacate the premises. As he goes, Justin spots an unattended skateboard and steals it. That night, Justin skateboards through the empty mall, when a lasso drops around his neck. Eric attaches it to an escalator, that drags Justin and strangles him. In the parking garage, Melody reveals that she and Eric where making love when the fire started. Eric threw her out the window and went back into the inferno to save his parents. She was stunned from the fall, but remembers Christopher Volker dousing her with gasoline. The arsonist ran away when he heard approaching sirens. Peter explains that Volker is not listed as a mall employee and indicates that Harv Posner used Volker to kill the Matthews in order to claim their land. Melody wonders if Eric is truly dead, and Peter insists they must exhume his body. Before they can leave, Volker appears with a pistol. Peter blinds him with his camera flash and drives off. Volker follows. Eric leaps on the car roof, and Volker loses control of his car, smashing into a pile of sand. Volker find Harv, who orders him to kill Melody. Eric returns to this hideout in the furnace room and plants a bomb. Peter Baldwin digs up Eric’s grave and finds it empty. The next day, Melody is on the telephone with Peter when Volker knocks her unconscious and drags her to the loading dock. He is about to place her in a garbage compacter, when Eric appears and the two fight. Eric shoves Volker’s head into the compactor. Eric takes Melody to a storage room. When she revives, he explains he has been hiding in the mall, waiting for his revenge. She removes his mask to reveal his fire damaged face. Although Melody expresses gratitude that Eric has been watching over her, she gently explains they cannot be together. A distraught Eric crawls to the furnace room and activates the bomb. Peter Baldwin sees Eric and follows him back to Melody where the two fight. Eric is distracted when Melody calls out that she loves Peter, allowing the photographer to knock Eric out. Above them, the mall fills with local dignitaries for the investors’ party. Buzz and Suzie sneak into the security room and spot an open-air duct with Melody’s keys. Buzz insists they go into the duct to find Melody. Peter and Melody run into Buzz and Suzie and warn about the bomb. Once out of the vents, Suzie and Buzz steal a motorcycle and sidecar display to ride back to the security room. Peter and Melody find Mayor Wilton, and tell her everything. The mayor pulls a pistol and marches them to Harv’s office. There, the mayor confesses she is part owner of the mall and was in on the Matthews murders. Eric leaps from a vent, and tosses the mayor through a window. Melody runs from the office and crawls onto the girders holding up the mall roof. As the crowd below stares in wonder at Eric pursuing Melody on the steel work, they hear Buzz’s voice on the public address system warning them to vacant the building. Melody climbs down a beam to Peter just as Eric spies Harv. Swinging down on a mall banner, Eric sends Posner crashing through the window of a fuel store. He grabs a nearby flamethrower and sets Posner ablaze. Posner falls into a pile of propane canisters, which explode. Buzz and Suzie arrive with the motorcycle. Peter and Melody hop on and Buzz crashes through the front doors just as the bomb explodes, destroying the entire mall. Peter tells Melody he loves her, and they embrace. +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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