Retribution (1987)

35mm film, colour, 1.85:1
Dolby Stereo, English

An American horror film directed by Guy Magar.

Plot Summary

Depressed artist George Miller tries to commit at Halloween by leaping from a rooftop. He survives but is possessed by the malevolent spirit of a man recently murdered by gangsters and suffers nightmares of causing people to kill themselves, dreams that soon start to become reality.


Directed by: Guy Magar
© 1987 Unicorn Motion Pictures
Unicorn Motion Pictures presents a Renegade Films production. A Guy Magar film
Executive Producers: Scott Lavin & Brian Christian
Produced by: Guy Magar
Associate Producer: Lee Wasserman
Production Executive: Chris Caputo
Written by: Guy Magar & Lee Wasserman
Director of Photography: Gary Thieltges
Edited by: Guy Magar & Alan Shefland
Music by: Alan Howarth
Sound Mixer: Peter Bentley
Costumes by: Hilary Wright
Make-up Artist: Nina Kent
Hair Stylist: Kathleen M. Hagan
Special Make-up Effects Created by: Kevin Yagher
Special Effects by: Court Wizard
Production Designer: Robb Wilson King

Dennis Lipscomb (George Miller)
Leslie Wing (Jennifer Curtis)
Suzanne Snyder (Angel)
Jeff Pomerantz (Alan Falconer)
George Murdock (Dr Talbot)
Pamela Dunlap (Sally Benson)
Susan Peretz (Mrs Stoller)
Clare Peck (Carla Minelli)
Chris Caputo (Dylan)
Hoyt Axton (Lt Ashley)
Ralph Manza (Amos)
Mario Roccuzzo (Johnny Blake)
Harry Caesar (Charlie)
Jeffrey Josephson (Joe Martinez)
Danny Daniels 1Danny D. Daniels in end credits] (Rasta doctor)
Mike Muscat (Vito Minelli Sr)
Pearl Adell (waitress)
Ed Burke (Mickey)
George Caldwell (paramedic)
Brian Christian (bus driver)

Alternative Titles

Alma asesina – Spain
Diabólico terror absoluto – Mexico
Kara za grzechy – Poland
Kötülügün gücü – Turkey
Les forces du mal – France
Oneira horis oikto – Greece (video)
La pesadilla maldita – Peru
Pesadilla maldita – Colombia
Possessão Vingativa – Brazil
Retribution – L'ultimo incubo – Italy
Retribution – Spain (DVD)
Retribution: The Ultimate Nightmare – USA (DVD)
Die Rückkehr des Unbegreiflichen – West Germany
Возмездие – Russia



  • City Limits no.343 (28 April 1988) p.27 – review
  • Fangoria no.273 (May 2008) pp.40-41 – illustrated article (Forgotten Horrors by John Wooley and Michael H. Price)
  • Films and Filming no.403 (April 1988) p.35 – review
  • The Hollywood Reporter v299 no.11 (2 October 1987) p.6 – interview with Guy Magar
  • Monthly Film Bulletin v55 no.652 (May 1988) p.149-150 (UK) – credits, synopsis, review
  • Screen International no.650 (30 April 1988) p.20 – review
  • Time Out no.923 (27 April 1988) p.35 – review
  • Variety 14 October 1987 p.9 (USA) – credits, review


  • English Gothic: A Century of Horror Cinema by Jonathan Rigby p.273
  • The Films of the Eighties by Robert A. Nowlan and Gwendolyn Wright Nowlan p.474