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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 China Syndrome (1979)See more »

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Gina Christian is the reason tube tops were invented!, 24 January 2000
Author: gein from Seattle, Washington

This film is not as bad as many people would have you believe. Peter "The Dirt Bike Kid" Billingsley, in his first starring role, plays Billy, a boy who is forced to vacation with his mother and her boyfriend in the middle of the hot California desert. During a desert outing, a bored Billy decides to do a little exploration and comes across a seemingly abandoned RV. Unbeknownst to Billy the RV contains the freshly butchered bodies of three teenagers who are stuffed into the forward compartment. Billy nearly opens the forward compartment's door when he's pulled out and reprimanded by his mother's boyfriend. Billy doesn't leave empty handed though; he has stolen a necklace that he found on the RV's floor.

Later the necklace becomes a clue that is handed over with much guilt and tears to the town's sheriff played by Wilford Brimley. Soon after, the sheriff has a mining pick stuck in his chest after stupidly going over to the killer's house with clue in hand and basically asking, "Hey, look what I found at a murder scene," and knowing full well that the necklace belongs to the killer. Oops!

The killer believes Billy knows too much and needs to be eliminated. From this point on the film becomes a tense cat-and-mouse game that ends with more than a few dead.

Death Valley was released in 1982 without much fanfare or promotion and was quickly lost among the glut of slasher films being churned out by Hollywood at that time. That is unfortunate because the film features everything horror fans love: breasts, gore and excitement. This film also features a tense Henry Manfredini-like musical score by Dana Kaproff and excellent cinematography by Stephen Burum. Billy's mother is played by the beautiful Katherine Hicks (spelled Catherine on the video box) who played Marilyn Monroe in the television movie, Marilyn: The Untold Story.

Another reason to watch this film is for the brief appearance of Gina Christian, in her only film role, as R.V. Girl. Gina Christian is the reason tube tops were invented. Wow!

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