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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 »
Joan Parker:Did your extrasensory perception prepare you for this?
[shoots Carson in the head]
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References The Amityville Horror (1979)See more »
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Disjointed but occasionally effective Halloween clone, 6 December 2010
Author: Red-Barracuda from Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

The Demon is a South African Halloween clone about a motiveless serial killer who suffocates his victims with clear plastic bags. To be honest, it's a pretty shoddy effort in many ways but it's definitely not without merits either. In some respects one of this movie's chief problems is also inadvertently one of its strengths. The issue in question is how confusingly structured it all is. Characters are linked together only via the killer, and he is, to put it mildly, very vaguely defined himself. So the film has a very disjointed feel to it. While I can't see this as having been intentional, it does have a strange dream-like effect where we have this weird pale-faced amorphous figure appearing at various times with no fathomable reason. The Demon himself is a decent villain, as he has a good air of mystery about him, partly due to the fact that he is given absolutely no history or motivation. He is masked like Michael Myers in a white faceless mask although this mask does seem to appear and disappear between shots which must surely qualify as a pretty monumental goof. His killing method is bloodless but unusual enough for some credit. Although quite honestly even if there were buckets of the red stuff you would be doing well to even notice seeing as the lighting in this production is terrible. Too many scenes are played in almost total darkness, so you only have an impression of what's going on. Fortunately, we are able to make out the finale which is a lengthy scene involving the Demon chasing a topless girl around a house – it's clichéd but this sort of stuff never really gets old. The only name actor is Cameron Mitchell who plays a psychic colonel who is helping track down the killer. But he only ultimately has a bit part in the film and exits the picture in a very memorably sudden and unexpected way.

Despite it's shortcomings I did quite enjoy this one. It may have been poorly put together but it did have some tense scenes, and some interesting moments. It's worth a look if you enjoy trashy horror flicks.

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