Duration DirectorJud Taylor Music directorLeonard Rosenman
WriterPeter Masterson (story), Albert Ruben CastDavid Janssen (Vince Perrino), Robert Vaughn (Harrison Crawford III), Perry King (Lt. John Armstrong), Mickey Rourke (Tony Pate), M. Emmet Walsh (Sheldon Lewis) Similar movies10 to Midnight, Monster Hunter, The Swinging Barmaids, Halloween, The 'Burbs, The Evil Dead
City in Fear is a 1980 Edgar Allan Poe Awarded television drama film. It was directed by Jud Taylor, under the pseudonym Alan Smithee, and written by Peter Masterson and Albert Ruben. The film score was composed by Leonard Rosenman.
The film stars David Janssen (his last film), Robert Vaughn, Mickey Rourke, Perry King, William Prince and Susan Sullivan. It is about a newspaper's attempts to sensationalize the killing spree of a psychopath. It premiered in the USA on March 30, 1980.
Rigors mortis city in fear
David Janssen – Vince Perrino
Robert Vaughn – Harrison Crawford III
Perry King – Lt. John Armstrong
Mickey Rourke – Tony Pate
William Prince – Harrison Crawford II
Susan Sullivan – Madeleine Crawford
William Daniels – Freeman Stribling
Pepe Serna – Raymond Zavala
Allan Miller – George Weller
M. Emmet Walsh – Sheldon Lewis
Christopher Allport – Kenny Reiger
Lane Smith – Brian
Frank McRae – Captain Madison
Mary Stuart Masterson – Abby Crawford
The film was inspired by a conversation between two friends, William Goldman and Pete Masterson. Goldman admitted he had his daughter's hair cut short and dyed back because the Son of Sam, in his letters to Jimmy Breslin of the New York Daily News, said he liked to shoot women with long, auburn hair. "That's how pervasive women's fear became," said director Jud Taylor. Goldman told Masterson "this would make a terrific TV movie" and they hired another writer to write it up. Taylor cast Mickey Rourke as the killer. "It was one of Mickey's first big parts, and he was extraordinary, and conveyed just the sense of casual menace -- he was a bag boy in a Los Angeles supermarket, for God's sake -- that we wanted.".
Director Jud Taylor later made Out of the Darkness based on the policeman who investigated the Son of Sam case,
Taylor had his name removed from the film. "After I left, the producers filmed four more point-blank murders without asking me, and I was offended," he said.