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7 May 1982 (USA) See more »
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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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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) | Sweden:15 | UK:18 | USA:R | West Germany:18

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It's really no surprise if you haven't heard of this one, 9 April 2014
Author: David Massey from Austin, Texas

If you'd heard nothing about 'Death Valley' and never seen the poster, you'd get about a quarter through the film still thinking it was an overly angsty kid's movie about dealing with divorce. To your surprise, you'd find that the film is one of the most gussied-up, glitzy actor'd, low-brow slasher flicks every made.

Despite an impressive cast, it's really no surprise if you haven't heard of this one – I hadn't and I'm a child of the 80's. In 1982, with slasher films reaching their apex of interest, and audiences demanding more and more outlandish scenarios, director Dick Richards (better known for westerns and noir) set out to make a serious suspense thriller told from a young boy's perspective. Fortunately (or otherwise), he succeeded only in finding a bizarre new genre-limbo somewhere between 'Kramer vs. Kramer' and 'Slumber Party Massacre'; 'Death Valley' is a bit of an awkward fit.

Billy, played by Peter Billingsley ('A Christmas Story'), is as sublime a 'natural' as ever there was in the role of the young boy in question. He lives in Manhattan with his father, a rather sophisticated businessman played by Edward Herrmann ('The Lost Boys') and is about to take a vacation out west with his mother (Catherine Hicks – 'Child's Play') and her corn-fed boyfriend (Paul Le Mat – 'American Graffiti'). There's no question that Billy is none too pleased at the prospect but he's immediately shown to be both mature and intelligent enough to cope.

Aside from Billy's misplaced distrust of his mother's new beau, the newly-formed family unit begins a trek across the deserts of Arizona with only the mildest of dysfunction in tow. Our first hint that the story will dive into dread comes when Billy notices an ominous old Cadillac passing on the highway; the scene recalls Spielberg's 'Duel' or Carpenter's 'Christine'. From here the film spirals down into a bloody-red murder mystery with Billingsley as the hunted witness and Wilford Brimley ('The Thing') as the bumbling highway cop without any hope of protecting this unsuspecting family from a mysterious killer.

There really is a punch about a third of the way into the film (around the time we see a completely obligatory topless vixen and tomato-soup-red blood pouring from the neck of a victim – whose killing has no motivation by the way) that the whole tone turns on its head. 'Death Valley' feels a bit like 2 movies with 2 different directors - who have vastly different goals - just collaged together without much care or purpose. It's no wonder that Universal didn't really know what to do with this one; it sat in a can for over a year before it was released. Purpose aside, I sat down and tried to figure out why this film doesn't work and, in doing so, I found myself with a list of all the reasons it does: big names, epic cinematography (filmed almost entirely on location), Wilford Brimley, 1980's nostalgia (see 'SIMON'), unapologetic child-in-peril scenario, and neon-orange blood splattered across half of the movie. What's not to like?

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