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Black Dahlia (1998)

As WWII approaches, special agent Jim Pearson is assigned to investigate US industrialist's ties to the occult German pro-Nazi Thule Society. This leads to Jim's perilous decades-long search for the apocalyptic Black Dahlia gemstone.


Eric Trow, Lance Laspina


Patrick Freeman, Steve Glasstetter (additional writing)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Hopper ... Walter Pensky
Teri Garr ... Madame Cassandra
Darren Eliker Darren Eliker ... Jim Pearson
Michael Battista Michael Battista ... Running Boy
Kevin Vinay Kevin Vinay ... Bully
Dan Frezza Dan Frezza ... William Sullivan
Michael Bernosky Michael Bernosky ... Det. Peter Merylo
Robert Marinaccio Robert Marinaccio ... Hank Finster
Bob Tracey Bob Tracey ... Eddie
David Whalen ... Dick Winslow
Bill Dalzell Bill Dalzell ... George Hansen
Brad Moniz Brad Moniz ... Louie the Fish
Tom Yates Tom Yates ... Ernie
Collette Schreiber Collette Schreiber ... Helen Strauss
Jared Pfennigwerth Jared Pfennigwerth ... Delivery Boy


This is a full motion video, point and click, dark fantasy crime adventure game inspired by two infamous real life 1940s murder mysteries, the Cleveland Torso Murderer and the murder of actress Elizabeth Short, as well as the real life occult Nazi Thule society. The gameplay is the same as in Ripper (1996), the developer's previous game, where lengthy interactive film-like FMV clips with real life actors tell the story between short puzzle solving segments. The game follows Jim Pearson, a dedicated young FBI agent who, in 1941, joins the agency's newly formed C.O.I. unit, tasked to investigate potential Nazi threats to the U.S. as WWII rages on in Europe. His first assignment is to investigate an American industrialist of German descent, who was contacted by the pro-Nazi Thule Society. While trying to infiltrate the Society, Jim starts suffering from strange and disturbing visions involving an old man who may or may not be the infamous Cleveland Torso Killer, so he contacts his ...

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Great mystery cinematic PC game.
27 March 1999 | by strike7See all my reviews

This is one of the greatest games so few people have played. It's a mystery game that involves Nazi plots, a mysterious gem, and the Torso killings of 1940s Cleveland. It got great reviews and has very good graphics quality. Eight CDs long! Worth it; even if you cheat you still feel like you acomplished a lot by beating it.

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