“Fade to Black” is another sorely underseen cult classic. Composed and directed by Vernon Zimmerman, the 1980 movie is rough around the edges, but that becomes part of its appeal. Eric Binford (played by Dennis Christopher) is a socially-inept movie addict who loses his grip on truth and begins a murder spree throughout town. In each killing, he dresses up as a renowned horror or action bad guy, from Count Dracula to Hopalong Cassidy.
The more Eric kills the more he sees the world as one big cinematic illusion. In tandem with his dependency to killing, he finds out the reality about his youth. Let’s simply say, things don’t end well with him; as in life, his death is remarkable and one for the ages. The movie exhibits a heightened, self-aware tone not unlike what you ‘d discover in a “Shriek” installment. Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, the co-directing group behind “All set or Not” and the brand-new “Yell,” might work wonders on the story, leaning into themes of fandom, gatekeeping in the horror neighborhood, and hazardous masculinity.