Seizure (film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed byOliver Stone
Produced byGarrard Glenn
Written by
  • Oliver Stone
  • Edward Mann
Music byLee Gagnon
CinematographyRoger Racine
Edited by
  • Nobuko Oganesoff
  • Oliver Stone
Astral Bellevue Pathé
Cine Films Inc.
Cinerama Productions Corp.
Euro-American Pictures
Intercontinental Leisure Industries Ltd.
Queen of Evil Ltd.
Distributed byCinerama Releasing Corporation
American International Pictures
Release date
  • 1974 (1974)
Running time
98 minutes
United States

Seizure is a 1974 Canadian–American horror film. It is the directorial debut of Oliver Stone, who also co-wrote the screenplay.


Horror writer Edmund Blackstone (Jonathan Frid) sees his recurring nightmare come to chilling life one weekend as one by one, his friends and family are killed by three villains: the Queen of Evil (Martine Beswick), a dwarf named Spider (Hervé Villechaize), and a giant scar-faced strongman called Jackal (Henry Judd Baker).[1]



Seizure is the directorial debut of Oliver Stone, who also co-wrote the screenplay.[2][3] Star Mary Woronov would later claim that one of the film's producers was gangster Michael Thevis, who partially bankrolled the film in an attempt to launder money, as he was under investigation by the FBI.[4]


The film had a very limited release theatrically in the United States by Cinerama Releasing Corporation,[5] playing on New York's 42nd street in 1974.[6]

The film was released on VHS by various video companies in the 1980s including Prism Entertainment.[7] A transfer to Blu-ray was released on September 9, 2014 by Scorpion Releasing.[8][9][10][11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Kim Newman (18 April 2011). Nightmare Movies: Horror on Screen Since the 1960s. Bloomsbury Publishing. pp. 24–. ISBN 978-1-4088-1750-6.
  2. ^ James Michael Welsh; Donald M. Whaley (2013). The Oliver Stone Encyclopedia. Rowman & Littlefield. pp. 219–. ISBN 978-0-8108-8352-9.
  3. ^ Oliver Stone (1 January 2001). Oliver Stone: Interviews. Univ. Press of Mississippi. p. VIII. ISBN 978-1-57806-303-1.
  4. ^ Nastasi, Alison. "Watch 'Seizure,' the Strange Horror Movie That Served As Oliver Stone's Directorial Debut". Lights, Camera, News. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  5. ^ The Staff of Lone Eagle Publishing (2002). Film Directors. Lone Eagle Pub. p. 238.
  6. ^ Lavington, Stephen (November 30, 2011). Virgin Film: Oliver Stone. Virgin Digital.
  7. ^ Video Watchdog. Tim & Donna Lucas. 1994. p. 32.
  8. ^ "'Seizure' Rides on Oliver Stone's Name". PopMatters. 3 October 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  9. ^ "Scorpion Releasing Prepping Oliver Stone's Seizure for Blu-ray". 17 June 2014. Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  10. ^ "Seizure Blu-ray". Retrieved 26 January 2015.
  11. ^ "Seizure: DVD". Retrieved 26 January 2015.

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