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7 May 1982 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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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Cast

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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)
 
Stunts
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
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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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Cybill Shepherd was considered for the role of Sally, but the scheduling couldn't be worked out.See more »
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Hal:Let's see if your gun is as loud as your mouth, sheriff.See more »
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References The Blue Lagoon (1980)See more »

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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
"Lets see if your gun is loud as your mouth", 24 July 2010
Author: lost-in-limbo from the Mad Hatter's tea party.

Coming out during the influx of the slasher craze, "Death Valley" could be seen as one of those unlucky films that got lost in the crowd and was pushed aside with those lesser imitations. Unfortunately if that's the case it's undeserved (sadly no DVD release either), as it's a lot more accomplished than its rancid shockers. One thing though, it was one of those video cases that always drew me to its strikingly cool artwork.

Billy and his recently divorced mother leave New York for a vacation to California to meet up with her new boyfriend. For Billy it's hard seeing his mum with another man, but it's the less of his worries. As on their vacation to "Death Valley", Billy stumbles across an empty RV and picks up a necklace. Later they come across this RV again, but it was in an accident or so it seems. Unknowingly to them, there have been brutal murders in "Death Valley" and killer now has Billy in his sights.

"Death Valley" is like a second-rate Hitchcock-like thriller that decently grows on bone-rattling suspense, taking time to let the characters and circumstances unfold that when the threatening tic-tack-toe nature breaks out we're put in an act of alarm and desperation. It really puts the characters on the spot and breathing down an ominous air, the material doesn't do much to hide the killer's identity and the surprise twist is easy to figure out. The rural California locations do it wonders, as the secluded landscapes are harsh and vast with it being truly alienating --- nowhere to hide and help is a long way. Dick Richards directs with panache and vision, orchestrating the unhinged sounds (a suspenseful music score) and observatory imagery (moody camera angles and slow-motion) with the foreseeable one-track story. While slow-winding, as it's slowed up by passages involving family issues --- Billy accepting his mother's new boyfriend, but this does give it a grounded sincerity to the character's relationships and dynamics. These moments are broken up by the heighten tension and an odd nasty jolt that's well-timed by throwing you off with false bumps.

Performances are agreeable. Peter Billingsley (whose massive glasses are somewhat distracting) is likable as the know-all Billy and Catherine Hicks is simply delightful (although she does some questionable actions in the film's climax) as Billy's mother. Paul Le Mat is sturdy, but does look quite bemused more often. Wilford Brimley is hardy as the suspicious sheriff and Stephen McHattie is suitably random and menacing. There's also a minor part for Edward Herrmann at the beginning as Billy's father.

Nothing special, but a diverting, fine old-fashion thriller with the modern unpleasantness.

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