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Night Warning (1982)

 -  Horror  -  February 1982 (USA)
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An orphaned teenager finds himself being dominated by his aunt who's hell-bent on keeping him with her...at all costs.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jimmy McNichol ...
Billy Lynch
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Cheryl Roberts (Aunt Cheryl)
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Detective Joe Carlson
Marcia Lewis ...
Margie
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Julia
Britt Leach ...
Sgt. Cook
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Coach Tom Landers
Caskey Swaim ...
Phil Brody
Cooper Neal ...
Frank
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Eddie (as William Paxton)
Kay Kimler ...
Anna Lynch
Gary Baxley ...
Bill Lynch, Sr.
Vickie Oleson ...
Lady Police Officer
Clemente Anchondo ...
Jail Arrestee
Alex Baker ...
Police Officer Westcott
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Since the death of his parents fourteen years ago, Billy Lynch has been raised by his over-protective aunt Cheryl. But once he turns seventeen, he is soon set on planning his life...without her. He's planing on going on to college and is dating local girl Julie. None of which sits well for his aunt, who's lost everyone else in her life and now with her nephew ready to leave, ensures she starts on a campaign to keep him with her...forever.But as her plans misfire she becomes swept up in a cycle of psychosis and frenzied violence all being blamed on Billy by everyone else...including a homophobic detective, who's anti-gay prejudice is steadily reaching its zenith...leading to an unforeseeable outcome. Written by suspicous

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She was lonely. He was all she had. No-one would take him from her - and live... See more »

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February 1982 (USA)  »

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Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker  »

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Jan de Bont worked as cinematographer on this film for one week - he shot the decapitation-scene. See more »

Quotes

Detective Joe Carlson: [after Billy has just told his story of the rape] That's good. That's very good, Billy. That's exactly word for word what you told me before. Did she help you memorize all that? Huh?
Cheryl Roberts: You stupid bully! He's telling the truth! Why you doing this to us?
Detective Joe Carlson: Because there's a dead man in there. And I wanna know why he died.
Cheryl Roberts: I killed him! He tried to rape me!
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Little Boy Billy
Words and Music by Joyce Bulifant
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Finally! An obscure video-nasty worthy of its reputation!
6 November 2006 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

The notorious "video-nasties" formed a rather ambiguous milestone period in the horror genre. From one viewpoint, still now it's an excellent checklist for horror fans to use and track down as many rare flicks as possible with a questionable reputation. On the other hand, however, this exact same list contains way too many titles that should have been long forgotten by now, but instead gained a totally undeserved cult reputation. "Night Warning" is the exception to this rule, actually. Here we finally have a video-nasty that is raw, creepy and genuinely unsettling, yet it's totally unknown and nearly impossible to find. The film can be described best as some kind of demented soap opera with truly disturbing themes and the absolute most offensive one-liners you're likely hear ever. Mrs. Cheryl Roberts stands as one of the craziest ladies cinema, as her devotion for her 17-year-old nephew Billy is rather unhealthy and, well, actually quite sick! After the death of his parents when Billy was just 3 years old (in a very suspicious car accident, I may add), aunt Cheryl raised him. But now little Billy is growing up fast and aunt Cheryl loses her last bit of sanity when he becomes an independent young man and intimate with girls his own age. When she murders a plumber and tricks Billy into believing he attempted to rape her, the rather unorthodox police inspector Carlson starts digging into the family's past. The film isn't really that gory, apart from a couple of moments, but the tone and atmosphere are quite unsettling. Bo Svenson portrays the most memorable character; the cop who's even crazier than auntie Cheryl herself. He's a severely homophobic, perverted, racist, obnoxious and downright mad copper that rather neglects all the evidence in the murder case just to obtrude his own twisted world perspectives on his suspects. "Night Warning" is a lot more intelligent, progressive and experimental than it looks and it's definitely a couple of classes above your average 80's slasher in which barely dressed prom queens are running around screaming their guts out. It's a sick-spirited but intriguingly curious oddity that just demands a proper re-release on DVD.


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