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1 January 1981 (USA) See more »
Greetings from ... Texas! See more »
A group of friends on a rafting trip down a river stop in at an old ghost town to spend the night. Soon their rafts disappear, and then they begin to be eliminated one by one by a mysterious killer. | Add synopsis »
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Pepper Martin ... Bob

Hank Worden ... John

Ethan Wayne ... Stan
Ann Bronston ... Marion
Julie Marine ... Laura
Nancy St. Marie ... Adriana
Joseph Alvarado ... Rudy
Alvy Moore ... Allen
Bobby Diamond ... Rod
John Nowak ... Jerry
Joe Allaine ... Lou
Cynthia Faria ... Janice
Bella Bruck ... Maggie
Dee Cooper ... Fred
Bob Macgonigal ... Andy
Gino Difirelli ... Len A. Lemont
Gregg Palmer ... Ross

Woody Strode ... Charlie Winters

Directed by
Byron Quisenberry 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Byron Quisenberry 

Produced by
Hal Buchanan .... producer
Richard L. Diamond .... co-producer
Clara Huff .... producer
Gary Jensen .... associate producer
Richard Pepin .... co-producer
Byron Quisenberry .... executive producer
Larry Quisenberry .... producer
Robert Witty .... associate producer
Original Music by
Joseph Conlan 
Cinematography by
Richard Pepin  (as Rick Pepin)
Film Editing by
B.W. Kestenberg 
Set Decoration by
Catherine Duncan 
Costume Design by
C.L. Huff 
Makeup Department
C.L. Huff .... makeup artist
Production Management
Fred Allison .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fred Allison .... assistant director
Art Department
Brian Depew .... painter
Barbara J. Wade .... sculpturer
Sound Department
Harold Beiben .... sound
Larry Dippel .... sound effects
Steve Malito .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Richard Miller .... special effects
Keith Lane Jensen .... stunts (as Keith Jensen)
Paula Marie Moody .... stunt coordinator
Paula Marie Moody .... stunts
John Nowak .... stunt coordinator
John Nowak .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Armando Alvarado .... grip
Rick Faigh .... gaffer (as Rik Faigh)
Michele Pepin .... still photographer
Newton TerMeer .... grip (as Tom Ter Meer)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sally Kleiman .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Don Hawthorne .... post-production coordinator
Don Jarrell .... post-production coordinator
Linda Rubenstein .... post-production coordinator
Russ Wooward .... assistant editor
Music Department
Robert Battaglia .... music engineer
Rocky Davis .... musician (as Byron 'Rocky' Davis)
George Doering .... musician
Nathan East .... musician
Other crew
Anne Burkhead .... production assistant
Linda Chason .... production assistant
Don Davis .... consultant
Marion L. Dew .... consultant
C.L. Huff .... caterer
C.L. Huff .... nurse
Jim Klein .... production accountant
Faith Powell .... production assistant
Phyllis Quisenberry .... production assistant
Barbara Wade .... production assistant
Dwight Walsh .... publicist
Linda Walsh .... publicist

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Also Known As:
"The Outing" - USA (reissue title)
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82 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Byron Quisenberry doubled Joe Allaine for the spider scene.See more »


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Long before Wes Craven redefined a genre, there was Byron Quisenberry...(!), 1 February 2004
Author: RareSlashersReviewed from London

Dull as ditchwater supernatural adventure which was obviously rush-released to cash-in on the FRIDAY THE 13TH inspired craze that swept the early eighties and gave us many a duff budgie! This was let loose in the US under the moniker of SCREAM, which of course, became the title of Wes Craven's blockbuster slasher some eleven years later.

Well it all commences creepily enough; the camera leisurely pans an old looking room until the shot halts at an ancient clock, which stands beside a small statue. As the hour hand on the timepiece reaches 12o' clock, the eyes on the small figure move and suddenly, the words THE OUTING shroud the screen… Skip to 12 tourists heading down the infamous Rio Grande river of Texas, on small boats. The hapless gang of campers - who are cheerily sporting cowboy hats and baseball caps – ditch their rafts and begin to hike up a remote mountain where they find what looks to be a small desolate ‘old western' town. As soon as they've stepped upon the soil, one lassie keeps things routine by stating that she has `the strangest feeling'… Hmmm, indeed! The group set up camp in the abandoned site and settle down to rest for the night. Just after darkness has filled the lonely star studded sky, one unlucky guy heads out for a midnight stroll and to cut a long story short, he ends up hanging from the ceiling with a rope around his neck, killed by an assailant whom we don't get to see! Before long, another victim has been butchered in an inexplicable way and the posse at first suspects that one of there own luckless pack may well be a psychopath. As more of the friends wander off, only to fall prey to the remorseless assassin, it becomes evident that a bizarre supernatural force is at work. Stranded on the secluded region and without any weapons, the band realise that they must somehow defend themselves against this ruthless murderer…

It's a real shame that first (and last) time director Byron Quinsenberry didn't make good use of the advantages that his flick had started out with. Although there were obviously visible financial constraints to contend with, the excellent set location could have been successfully turned into a decent backdrop for a satisfying bloodbath. Instead we got a lazy inane mess of a movie that doesn't even manage to resolve itself…

With 14 typically hapless cast members to ‘cut up', you'd think that there'd be a body count to rival that of a snuff movie, but I'm afraid you wont find that hidden anywhere near here. Instead we get 5 or 6 meagre murders with no special effects or any engrossing gore at all, whatsoever. In the first, a guy gets hung from the ceiling by a rope. We only see his suspended corpse for half a second, obviously because the dummy that they were using was so unrealistic! Another gripe (and don't worry I've got loads to mention) is how we never got time to get to know any of the cast. The only one who was slightly memorable was the traditional annoying fat guy, who was more or less the star, only because he got at least three scenes to himself!

We don't even get an explanation as to who or what is killing everyone and his identity and motives are left unsolved. Towards the finale, an old, strange looking cowboy pulls up on a horse and sits down to talk to the terrified victims. I immediately thought that he would tell us a bit about the assassin or maybe even a loveable clichéd tale starting with something like `Didn't you know the story of…' However as an alternative and totally incoherent gesture, he tells the campers that he used to be a sailor and then gallops off into the gloomy midnight sky! What the hell?! And then to add insult to injury, the most brain boggling ending ever to invade my TV screen left me totally bewildered!

Even fans of eighties cheese will be disappointed; there's hardly any un-contemplated laughs, except maybe for the way that the casualties fall prey to the lacklustre killer. It's a real horseplay filled ride. Watch how one guys gets killed, another goes to search for him, and then gets killed etc. And even when the survivors are aware that there's some kind of strange evil surrounding them, they still find time to wander off into doors that mysteriously open by themselves or go out to find out just what that creepy noise was! Maybe one day I'll find a slasher where the victims actually have brains!

To be fair, I think that this attempt may have suffered some problems throughout its production. Filming began in 1981, and it didn't come out until '85. Maybe that's why there are so many inconsistencies in the story and why it looks so rushed. Still, that's no excuse to release a film as bad as THE OUTING. At times this felt like a helicopter without a propeller because no matter how hard it tried, it never managed to take off! Unfortunately this is one to be avoided.

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