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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Jennifer Holmes ... Mary

Cameron Mitchell ... Col. Bill Carson
Craig Gardner ... Dean Turner
Zoli Marki ... Jo (as Zoli Markey)
Peter J. Elliott ... Mr. Parker
Moira Winslow ... Joan Parker
Mark Tanous ... Bobby
Diane Burmeister
George Korelin ... Dr, Stuart
Vera Blacker ... Mrs. Stuart
John Parsonson ... The Truck Driver
Ashleigh Sendin ... Emily Parker
Graham Kennard ... Boy in forest
April Galetti
Jannie Wienand ... Punk in Knife Fight
Amanda Wildman

Directed by
Percival Rubens 
Writing credits
Percival Rubens 

Produced by
Bernard Buys .... associate producer
David Dalling .... executive producer
Percival Rubens .... producer
Joe Steinberg .... associate producer
Original Music by
Nick Labuschagne 
Cinematography by
Vincent G. Cox  (as Vincent Cox)
Makeup Department
Reggie Wollenschlager .... makeup artist (as Reggie Wollschlager)
Production Management
John Parsonson .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Graham Hickson .... assistant director
Art Department
Louis Comanducci .... set construction
Sound Department
Tony Bensusan .... sound recordist
Bernard Buys .... sound
Luke Kgofelo .... assistant sound mixer
Sid Knowles .... sound mixer
James Preston .... assistant sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
George Bartels .... clapper loader
Hector Hambides .... clapper loader
Tony Moore .... focus puller
Piet Rampedi .... electrician
Sean Ryan .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Reggie Wollenschlager .... wardrobe (as Reggie Wollschlager)
Editorial Department
Patricia Farah .... assistant editor (as Patty Farah)
Other crew
Charles Vermeulen .... runner
Carol Woodman .... production secretary
Crew believed to be complete

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Also Known As:
"Midnight Caller" - USA (reissue title)
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USA:94 min
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Continuity: Throughout the entire movie, the killer's mask appears and disappears between shots.See more »
[Explaining his ESP]
Col. Bill Carson:Sometimes I get these... feelings. Vibes, as the kids would say.
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
A strange outing, but not as bad as some suggest, 29 May 2008
Author: t-birkhead from United Kingdom

I watched this with my head full of the bad reviews and also somewhat tired. Its a credit to the film that I didn't fall asleep and was even competently entertained at times. Unfortunately, this is also a deeply flawed movie. Firstly, I don't know if I just saw a lousy print, but some moments were much too dark, taking away from the experience. Also the script was very messy, going from one story to another linked only by the killer with no other connection with the characters that I could tell. Furthermore the pacing was fairly slow and the film was hindered by a somewhat glaring lack of blood. However, The Demon, though a bad film, was not devoid of good points. For one, the cast all seemed to perform fairly competently, with Cameron Mitchell's amusingly wacko turn standing out and the various women, both pretty and convincing. The demon was an excellent villain at times, cold and brutal, leading to some reasonable suspense and the odd fun kill. His preferred method is bloodless but at least original and he pops up enough during the film to keep a nice strange atmosphere going. There's some fair gratuitous nudity including a tense topless chase sequence. The ending is good stuff too, though a little strange. Altogether, though this was pretty inept as a film owing to a thorough lack of explanation, coherence and general sense, combined with the slow pace, neglect of gore and general lack of purpose. For a slasher style affair the characterisation is better than usual but this doesn't help when the film as a whole inspires bafflement. Taken as the sum of its good parts, this film is pretty interesting, but it just doesn't gel well enough together. Caution advised.

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