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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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The production crew made deals with a few companies to use their products in the film. These included Dr. Pepper, Frito Lay, Kawasaki, and Nike.See more »


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11 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
An inept horror film., 10 July 2003
Author: Jonathon Dabell ( from Todmorden, England

Long before Wes Craven used the title "Scream" to launch his successful horror trilogy, little-known director Byron Quisenberry made this "Scream". An inept, boring, badly acted and totally unconvincing slasher movie that many deem to be the worst of its type. Indeed, this film makes the whole Friday the 13th series look like a work of genius.

You know with these movies that the plot is going to be unoriginal, but the film makers usually have enough about them to wring out some shocks. Yes, The Burning is a bad film but it occasionally makes you jump. Just Before Dawn isn't anything special, but it is punctuated by the odd jolt here and there. Amazingly, Scream manages to miss every single opportunity for a shock. It takes an overused but reliable formula, and proceeds to muck-up the potential for terror in every conceivable way. Anyone studying how not to make a film might find this an ideal guide.

Heading the cast is Pepper Martin (he was the guy in Superman II who beat up the weakened Clark Kent in a diner, only to be beaten up in return by the rejuvenated Superman at the end of the film). It's a good indication of how unambitious this film is that someone who had such a miniscule role in Superman II can be entrusted with the leading man label here. Woody Strode is also in the film, but his character is undone by bizarre scripting.

Martin and his fellow vacationers are rafting down the Rio Grande when they pull in for the night at an isolated ghost town. One by one they are picked off by a lurking psychopath. They try various things, like setting traps, but the killer seems to evade them every time. A strange stagecoach driver turns up and starts mumbling on about an old sea captain that got the town up-and-running many years earlier. By the end, it looks as if the violent ghost of the old sea captain may be the killer (it's not clear if this is so, as the ending is dreadfully muddled).

It's hard to imagine how bad Scream is without experiencing it for yourself. The plot could be made serviceable. Some of the cast members are well-known. Even if the film isn't very good, it should have enough mileage to be tolerably bad. But no... this film is something beyond bad. It reaches such depths that you begin to think that everyone involved must be trying deliberately to make the worst film possible. It feels almost as if Quisenberry's intention is to win the worst film of all-time contest. The end result is a truly awful horror movie and, therefore, one of the most irresistible films that a collector of bad films could ever hope to find.

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