Amusement (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Amusement (2008)
  • Rate: 5.1/10 total 5,290 votes 
  • Genre: Horror | Thriller
  • Release Date: 9 October 2008 (Thailand)
  • Runtime: USA:85 min
  • Filming Location: Budapest, Hungary
  • Budget: $6,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: PHP 1,077,053(Philippines)(10 May 2009)
  • Director: John Simpson
  • Stars: Katheryn Winnick, Laura Breckenridge and Jessica Lucas
  • Original Music By: Marco Beltrami   
  • Soundtrack: Rafe
  • Sound Mix: DTS
  • Plot Keyword: Grudge | Childhood | Killer | Stalker | Two Way Mirror

Writing Credits By:

  • Jake Wade Wall (written by)

Known Trivia

  • Originally slated to go to theaters.
  • WILHELM SCREAM: When Lisa is upstairs in the home of the Laugh, unknowingly speaking directly to him.

Plot: Three women are stalked by a killer with a grudge that extends back to the girls' childhoods. Full summary » |  »

Story: As retribution a psychopathic stalker known only as The Laugh attacks the now adult girls who picked on his sick childhood tendencies. Tabitha, Shelby and Lisa become the target of a madman with a serious adolescent grudge.Written by  

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Produced By:

  • Neal Edelstein known as producer
  • Merideth Finn known as executive producer
  • Mike Macari known as producer
  • Udi Nedivi known as co-producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Keir O'Donnell known as The Laugh
  • Katheryn Winnick known as Tabitha
  • Laura Breckenridge known as Shelby
  • Jessica Lucas known as Lisa
  • Tad Hilgenbrink known as Rob (as Tad Hilgenbrinck)
  • Reid Scott known as Dan
  • Rena Owen known as Psychiatrist
  • Kevin Gage known as Tryton
  • Brennan Bailey known as Danny
  • Preston Bailey known as Max
  • Shauna Duggins known as Woman In Truck
  • Fernanda Dorogi known as Cat
  • Eyad Kurd-Misto known as Child Laugh
  • Karley Scott Collins known as Child Tabitha
  • Jadin Gould known as Child Shelby
  • Alisha Boe known as Child Lisa
  • David Steven Waine known as Puppeteer
  • Ashley Arnold known as School Girl (uncredited)
  • David Arnold known as Playground Boy (uncredited)

..{tab=Supporting Department}Makeup Department:

  • Jake Garber known as special makeup effects artist: additional photography
  • Hildegard Haide known as key makeup artist
  • Éva Kozma known as makeup artist
  • Iván Pohárnok known as special makeup effects artist
  • K.G. Ramsey known as hair department head
  • John Rosengrant known as special makeup effects supervisor: Stan Winston Studio

Art Department:

  • Laura Evans known as set decorator: additional photography
  • Zsuzsa Kismarty-Lechner known as draughtsperson
  • Péter Koronghy known as set dresser
  • Péter Kovács known as construction coordinator
  • Attila Digi Kövári known as on-set dresser
  • Szalay Marton known as set dresser
  • Dim McRemnant known as graphic artist
  • László Nagyidai Jr. known as construction manager
  • Szilvia Paros known as art department coordinator
  • Gábor Posevitz known as property master
  • Zsolt Sajgó known as construction manager
  • Lajos E. Szabó known as stand-by painter
  • Jeffry C. Voorhees known as on-set dresser: additional photography
  • Csaba Vásári known as stand-by carpenter
  • Balázs M. Kovács known as props (uncredited)


Production Companies:

  • Macari/Edelstein
  • New Line Cinema
  • Picturehouse Entertainment

Other Companies:

  • Abacus Consult  accounting: audit
  • Chef Robért Catering  catering (Los Angeles crew)
  • Danetracks  sound design and editorial
  • Entertainment Clearances  rights and clearances
  • Mini Film  production services
  • PIC Agency  titles
  • Rockbottom Rentals  cell phone rentals
  • Rockbottom Rentals  junxion box rentals
  • Rockbottom Rentals  walkie rentals
  • Vision Team  camera and lighting equipment
  • Wildfire Studios  adr recording facility


  • ARM Distribution (2008) (Taiwan) (theatrical)
  • Cinestar (2009) (Philippines) (theatrical)
  • New Line Cinema (2007) (worldwide) (theatrical)
  • Picturehouse Entertainment (2007) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Argentina Video Home (2009) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Audio Visual Entertainment (2009) (Greece) (DVD)
  • FS Film Oy (2009) (Finland) (DVD)
  • Front Row Filmed Entertainment (2008) (United Arab Emirates) (all media) (Middle East)
  • New Line Home Video (2009) (USA) (DVD)
  • New Line Home Video (2009) (USA) (DVD) (blu-ray)
  • PlayArte Home Vídeo (2009) (Brazil) (DVD)
  • RCV Home Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Roadshow Entertainment (2008) (Australia) (DVD)
  • TriPictures (2010) (Spain) (all media)
  • Warner Home Video (2009) (Germany) (DVD)

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Special Effects:

  • Cinema Production Services
  • Filmefex Studio
  • Stan Winston Studio (character designs)

Visual Effects by:

  • Mandy Arnold known as digital effects artist
  • Ronald Arredondo known as visual effects gaffer: Cinema Production Services, Inc.
  • Greg Baxter known as visual effects producer
  • Daniel Birnbaum known as digital compositor
  • Chris Dawson known as motion control camera operator
  • Giovanni Dulay known as visual effects: Cinema Production Services, Inc.
  • Tim Fescoe known as compositor
  • Scott Hankel known as digital effects artist
  • Balázs Harmati known as motion control operator
  • Matt Hennessy known as visual effects
  • Bob Hurrie known as visual effects producer: Cinema Production Services, Inc.
  • Christopher Johnson known as visual effects: Cinema Production Services Inc
  • John Joyce known as visual effects coordinator: Cinema Production Services, Inc.
  • Michael Joyce known as visual effects supervisor: Cinema Production Services, Inc.
  • Morgan McDermott known as visual effects
  • Dennis McHugh known as visual effects director of photography: Cinema Production Services, Inc.
  • Daniel Molina known as digital compositor
  • Csaba Nemesházi known as visual effects
  • Corinne Pooler known as visual effects producer: Digital Dream
  • Jerry Pooler known as visual effects supervisor: Digital Dream
  • Marco Recuay known as digital effects supervisor: Digital Dream
  • Ariel Velasco-Shaw known as visual effects supervisor (as Ariel Velasco Shaw)

Release Date:

  • Thailand 9 October 2008
  • USA 20 January 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Australia 5 February 2009
  • Argentina 25 February 2009
  • Iceland 12 March 2009
  • Germany 20 March 2009
  • UK 23 March 2009
  • Finland 25 March 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Kuwait 2 April 2009
  • Mexico 2 April 2009
  • Netherlands 7 April 2009
  • Philippines 6 May 2009
  • Japan 9 September 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Spain 21 April 2010 (DVD premiere)
  • Hungary 28 May 2010 (TV premiere)

MPAA: Rated R for horror violence, terror and disturbing images


Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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