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James E. McLarty (screenplay)
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23 August 1971 (USA) See more »
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A young man meets a farm girl who is actually a witch. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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So What's The Worst Movie Of All Time?
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Directed by
Don Henderson 
Writing credits
James E. McLarty (screenplay)

Produced by
George E. Carey .... producer
Original Music by
Robert O. Ragland 
Cinematography by
Jordan Cronenweth (director of photography) (as Jordan S. Cronenweth)
Film Editing by
Dick Elliott 
Makeup Department
Joe Blasco .... makeup creator
Valerie O'Tuohy .... makeup assistant
Ron West .... hairdresser
Production Management
Gordon E. Gadette .... in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ron Sawade .... assistant director
Art Department
Emil Grieco .... set constructor
Kevin G. Tracey .... property master
Sound Department
Ken Carlson .... production sound
Doug Rigney .... production sound
Special Effects by
Steve Karkus .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Elliot .... key grip
Michael A. Jones .... lighting gaffer (as Mike Jones)
Nick McLean .... assistant camera
Robert Vose .... still photographer
Donald M. Wolak .... best boy (as Donald Wolak)
Editorial Department
Stanford C. Allen .... assistant editor
Music Department
Robert O. Ragland .... conductor
Other crew
Abel Baca .... production assistant
Ellen Bailey .... associate director
Susan Nicoletti .... production secretary
Lon Ravitz .... production assistant
Pamela Walshe .... script supervisor
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Night of the Demon" - USA (reissue title)
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90 min | UK:85 min (1979) (video)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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If the story takes place in 1971, when the film was shot, Melissa Strickland was born in 1844.See more »
Jodie:This your pond?
Melissa:It belongs to my father.
Jodie:Oh. Does he mind if people skip rocks across it?
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18 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Deserves to be re-made with better production values, 14 October 2001
Author: Eric-1226 from Seattle, Washington

Yes, the movie is pretty bad, and probably deserves the "heckling" it receives when being aired on MST-3000 on Sci-Fi channel. But it is still watchable, all the way to the end. I actually felt a sort of pity towards it: it seemed the movie had a feeling of wasted potential, like someone who could have been successful in life if only they had been allowed to attend a better school.

It brings to mind an excellent comment I read by a reviewer who was commenting on the remade (1998) version of the movie "Psycho" - basically, that it was so pointless, afterall there are so many bad movies out there that deserve to be remade, so why would Hollywood waste time and money remaking the good movies, it makes no sense...

And this movie fits that category exactly. It screams for re-make. It has all the makings of a pretty interesting, if not downright creepy, story: a traveller (driving a Maverick no less) who stumbles off the beaten path, into a remote out-in-the-boonies country location, where he encounters a good-looking girl living with sweaty people... But, she is not what she seems, because in reality she is 127 years old - her youth and vitality being due to a pact she made with Satan a long, long time ago... Oh, and there is death by pitchfork, and rural cops who even consider cowchips in the course of their crime investigation.

Yes, there is a veritable gold mine of possibilities here. So, I nominate this movie as one of the bad ones that urgently needs to be remade, only with better production values, better script, better acting, better overall budget. (And a better soundtrack, too - it needs more songs in it than "Amazing Grace"). I see lots of potential here. Too bad I'm not a producer or a director, I could really do a lot with the basic ingredients that are at hand here. And if the remake doesn't work, well, "Zah!"

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