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Cast overview, first billed only:
Heather Bolton ...
Meg
David Letch ...
The Man
Perry Piercy ...
Mary Carmichael
Suzanne Lee ...
Val
Margaret Umbers ...
Samantha
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Wayne
Gary Stalker ...
Bruce
Michael Haigh ...
Mr. Whitehorn
Phillip Gordon ...
Clive
Kate Harcourt ...
Meg's Mother
Jan Fisher ...
Edith
Meriol Buchanan ...
Woman with Dog
Ross Jolly ...
Neighbour
Don Linke ...
Martin
John Bullock ...
Meg's Father
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Meg moves out of her parents' home and buys a beautiful old Jaguar in a bid for independence. She begins to get strange feelings about the car. It seems to have a presence beyond the usual "personality" attributed to eccentric old cars. Slowly she uncovers the shocking history of the car's previous owner, but not before the car exerts some tragic influence in her life. Written by Tania Robinson <taniarobinson@hotmail.com>

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Not Bad for Its Time
26 March 2003 | by (Right Behind You) – See all my reviews

This movie probably looked a lot better in 1985, when it came out. By modern standards, it's a little too light and too slow for a horror movie, a little too mild and obvious for suspense, and not quite quirky enough as pure film.

That said, it's not badly made. Nicely filmed, with decent performances, and both a truly beautiful vintage Jaguar and truly beautiful New Zealand scenery. The story cleverly combines and twists a few urban legends and ghost stories which -- through no fault of the filmmakers -- have become cliches by now. Again, they would have seemed much fresher in 1985.

The twist ending is pretty clever, although it's foreshadowed a little too broadly. For a small-budget suspense/horror film, it all adds up to 'not bad', but not fantastic either. I'd say that it has the feeling of a made-for-TV film.

What's strange about this movie -- released in the US on video as "Dark of the Night", for some reason -- is that the box boasted half a dozen strong reviews, from "Playboy" and the Village Voice among other sources. It's worth a rental if you like gentler suspense films (no gore in this one) or are a particular fan of 80's and/or New Zealand horror films.


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