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Killer's Moon (1978)

 -  Crime | Horror  -  1978 (UK)
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Four mental patients - who, due to unauthorized experiments, believe they're living in a dream and have shed all moral imperatives - escape and find their way to the nearest bus-load of stranded schoolgirls.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Marshall ...
Georgina Kean ...
Alison Elliott ...
Jane Hayden ...
Nigel Gregory ...
Mr. Smith
David Jackson ...
Mr. Trubshaw
Paul Rattee ...
Mr. Muldoon
Peter Spraggon ...
Mr. Jones
Joanne Good ...
Mary (as Jo-Anne Good)
Jayne Lester ...
Debbie Martyn ...
Christina Jones ...
Lynne Morgan ...


Four mental patients - who, due to unauthorized experiments, believe they're living in a dream and have shed all moral imperatives - escape and find their way to the nearest bus-load of stranded schoolgirls.

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One endless night of terror!


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1978 (UK)  »

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£170,000 (estimated)

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1.66 : 1
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Agatha: Look, you were only raped, as long as you don't tell anyone about it you'll be alright. You pretend it never happened, I pretend I never saw it and if we ever get out of this alive, well, maybe we'll both live to be wives and mothers.
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A Cult Horror Movie from the 70's
28 June 2008 | by (London England) – See all my reviews

I have just seen the new release on DVD of Killer's Moon and considering it was made some 30 years ago, well, it has certainly stood the test of time. The story follows four criminal psychopaths being treated (forcefully) in a government experiment, using dream therapy – combination of lycergic acid (LSD) and psychiatric chitter chatter; "let all your evil thoughts come out in your dreams and then you will be cured" – who escape from their institution into the wilds of the lake district. And when they escape, naturally, they assume they are still in a dream and so have to carry out their evil thoughts. Sounds pretty good so far. Then you add a bus load of school girls, whose bus breaks down, also in the bleak lake district, and add to the mix a couple of virile young lads who happen to be camping in the hills and a three legged doberman. It's all there. The 'innocent' girls wear white nighties for most of the movie whilst running around in the woods hotly pursued by the maniacs. The maniacs also wear white. Director Birkinshaw said in an interview that it was because they were innocent too! Well, why not? Then to top it all, you add some appropriate dialog by famous novelist Fay Weldon (sister of Birkinshaw) and the whole thing turns into a cult. Director Birkinshaw said in another interview that the whole thing shouldn't be taken too seriously. "It isn't brain surgery, for heaven's sake! We were having fun making it, and if people are still watching it and talking about it and being frightened by it some thirty years later, well, it has to have something going for it!" Birkinshaw isn't wrong. Killer's Moon is a wholly watchable, occasionally frightening, sometimes amusing, movie made by an award winning director who has been working ever since in mainstream television and movies.

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