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A divorced mother, her young son and her new boyfriend set out on a road trip through Death Valley and run afoul of a local serial killer. | Add synopsis »
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Fine cast, so-so thriller. See more (25 total) »


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Directed by
Dick Richards 
Writing credits
Richard Rothstein (written by)

Produced by
Stanley Beck .... co-producer
Elliott Kastner .... producer
Stanley Mark .... associate producer
Richard Rothstein .... co-producer
Ariel Levy .... line producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Dana Kaproff 
Cinematography by
Stephen H. Burum (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Joel Cox 
Art Direction by
Allan H. Jones 
Set Decoration by
Leonard A. Mazzola 
Makeup Department
Robert Norin .... makeup artist (as Robert N. Norin)
Elaina P. Schulman .... hair stylist (as Elaina Cizek)
Elaina P. Schulman .... hair department head (uncredited)
Production Management
Ariel Levy .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Beetson .... first assistant director (as Frank C. Beetson)
William Braden .... second assistant director
C. Tad Devlin .... second assistant director (as Tad Devlin)
Clark L. Paylow .... first assistant director (as Clark Paylow)
Art Department
Marty Wunderlich .... property master (as Martin Wunderlich)
Lee Lazarow .... set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Doug Grindstaff .... supervising sound editor (as Douglas Grindstaff)
Donald O. Mitchell .... sound rerecorder
Roger Schweitzer .... cable man (as Roger S. Schweitzer)
James E. Webb .... sound mixer (as James E. Webb Jr.)
Forest Williams .... boom man (as Forrest R. Williams)
Bill Nicholson .... effects rerecorder (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Roy L. Downey .... special effects
Ray Padilla .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Stone Bower .... stunt double (as Stoney Bower)
Whitey Hughes .... stunt coordinator
Ron Nix .... stunt double
Paul Pinnt .... stunt double (as Paul E. Pinnt)
Camera and Electrical Department
Billy Beaird .... dolly grip (as Bill Beaird)
Emmett Brown .... key grip (as Emmett A. Brown)
Elliot Davis .... camera operator
John Englert .... second grip (as John D. Englert)
John Fleckenstein .... Steadicam operator (as John W. Fleckenstein)
Charlie Hammerschmitt .... Steadicam assistant (as Charles E. Hammerschmitt)
Mako Koiwai .... second assistant camera (as Frederick M. Koiwai)
Joe R. Marquette Jr. .... camera operator (as Joseph R. Marquette Jr.)
Timothy Ray .... first assistant camera (as Timothy N. Ray)
Alex Skvorzov .... best boy
Louis Tobin .... gaffer
Mel Traxel .... still photographer (as Melvin F. Traxel)
Casting Department
Shirley Rich .... casting consultant
Joe Scully .... casting consultant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Patrick Cummings .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Barrett Taylor .... assistant film editor
Music Department
Rick Kline .... music recordist
John Mick .... music editor
Transportation Department
Terry Collis .... transportation coordinator (as Terry J. Collis)
Ken Peterson .... transportation captain
Other crew
Sandra J. Bieler .... production coordinator
Mike Dempsey .... production assistant (as Michael Dempsey)
Wayne Fitzgerald .... titles
Jim Franklyn .... assistant production accountant
Stanley Mark .... production accountant
Josh McLaglen .... production assistant (as Joshua C. McLaglen)
Gregory Palmer .... production assistant (as Gregory S. Palmer)
Pinki Ragan .... production assistant (as Mary 'Pinky' Ragan)
David Sussan .... production manager
Marion Tumen .... script supervisor
Joyce Webb .... script supervisor

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87 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:M | Finland:K-16 | France:-12 | Iceland:16 (theatrical rating) | Iceland:12 (video rating) | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:18

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Fine cast, so-so thriller., 23 December 2012
Author: Scott LeBrun (Hey_Sweden) from Canada

I really don't think it's as bad as the review in the Leonard Maltin paperback would indicate; it's just not particularly distinguished. It places a child front and centre and in a considerable amount of jeopardy as he runs afoul of a sadistic serial killer in Death Valley. This kid is Billy (Peter Billingsley of "A Christmas Story" fame), an NYC native devoted to his loving dad (Edward Herrmann) who visits his mom (Catherine Hicks) and her new boyfriend (Paul Le Mat) in Arizona. While visiting the site of an abandoned gold mine, he enters an RV and pilfers a necklace that he finds, not knowing that he's obtained valuable evidence that links the killer to the scene of a crime. From then it's sort of a cat and mouse game as the killer sets out to keep Billy quiet. Dick Richards ("Farewell, My Lovely", "March or Die") directs from Richard Rothstein's script, which starts out as if it's going to be told entirely from the childs' perspective as he tries to come to terms with his parents' divorce and with the new man in his moms' life. Soon enough, it edges into slasher film territory, as our killer chops up unfortunate victims. It also attempts to make a substantial character out of our villains' car, which features a vanity plate with the word "hex" on it. The actors do a creditable job; Herrmann shines in what is really a very brief part, and Hicks and Le Mat are likewise very likable. (Le Mat has one standout scene where he's trying to make a connection with Billingsley.) And speaking of Billingsley, he also creates an endearing character and doesn't fall into the trap of being too cute. Good ol' Wilford Brimley is engaging as the local sheriff. But the show is stolen by Stephen McHattie who's as intense as he's ever been, and in fact he has one amusingly off kilter scene where he's intimidating our heroes as he stalks across the roof of his house. Another scene that the viewer will vividly remember is the scene with a corpulent babysitter who does little else besides stuff her face and then pay a big price at the hands of the killer. The thundering music by Dana Kaproff does its best to manipulate us, but what is far and away the biggest asset to the film is the on location shooting. The twist ending just comes off as a little silly. Overall, this is a passable time killer but no more. Six out of 10.

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