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Screams of a Winter Night (1979)

10 college students go camping, when they get there, they tell scary stories to each other.

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Matt Borel ...
John / Ron
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Steve / Parker
Patrick Byers ...
Cal
Mary Agen Cox ...
Elaine
Robin Bradley ...
Sally / Annie's Roommate
Ray Gaspard ...
Harper / Billy
Beverly Allen ...
Jookie / Crazy Annie
Brandy Barrett ...
Liz
Charles Rucker ...
Alan
Jan Norton ...
Lauri
Malcolm Edmonds
Nicole Salley
William Goodman
Jean Sweeney
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The Kid - Service Station Attendant (as Bill Ragsdale)
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10 college students go camping, when they get there, they tell scary stories to each other.

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It Was A Dark And Stormy Night When The Kids Arrived At The Lake See more »

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Howlings of a Winter's Night  »

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Test screenings included a fourth vignette centering on a malevolent witch spirit who haunted a cemetery. The distributor told the filmmakers that the movie's two hour running time was excessive and details of the low-contrast day-for-night footage would be difficult to discern on drive-in screens, so the entire sequence was removed prior to the film's general release. See more »

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References The Town That Dreaded Sundown (1976) See more »

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Scary!
11 February 2006 | by (Kansas City, MO) – See all my reviews

I was 14 in 1979, and my brother and I went to a twin theater in Bowie, Maryland. I don't remember what film we intended to see, a comedy I believe, but when I saw there was a horror movie playing in the other theater I decided to watch it while my brother saw the comedy. So there I was, sitting by myself in the near empty theater with about ten other people sporadically seated throughout. I figured a PG horror flick might be good for some cheap thrills, maybe a few laughs, but nothing I couldn't handle. Then the movie started, and from the scary opening which is comprised of sound effects over the credits through the second story, I was scared nearly to tears by this. It's hard to say exactly what it is, but this movie just has that special "something" that can't be planned, but must come through in the execution. I recently attained a copy of this and watched it again after all these years, and I still think it is quite effective. Reading the other reviews here, I'm glad to see I'm not the only one with a soft spot in their heart for this little unknown movie. To the filmmakers who just might read this, I say ignore the negative critics. That little movie you made way back in the 1970's still holds up well, and has a good creepy atmosphere that many of today's big-budgeted have not a clue of how to accomplish. Oh well, thanks for reading!


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