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2 May 1986 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order)
Heather Bolton ... Meg
David Letch ... The Man
Perry Piercy ... Mary Carmichael
Suzanne Lee ... Val
Margaret Umbers ... Samantha

Danny Mulheron ... 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
Jonathan Crayford ... Petrol Pump Attendant

Rebecca Gibney ... Clive's Secretary
Lewis Martin ... Jag Enthusiast (as Lew Martin)
Les Stone ... Jag Enthusiast
Frank Slobbe ... Tow Truck Driver

Ken Saville ... Man in Jaguar
Phillip Mills ... Man on Bus
Matty ... Cherry
Lee Hatherly ... Radio Voice (voice)
Hampson & Hiles ... Radio Voices (voice)

Directed by
Gaylene Preston 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Elizabeth Jane Howard  story
Geoff Murphy  screenplay
Gaylene Preston  screenplay
Graeme Tetley  screenplay

Produced by
Robin Laing .... producer
Gaylene Preston .... co-producer
Don Reynolds .... associate producer
Original Music by
Jonathan Crayford 
Cinematography by
Thomas Burstyn (director of photography) (as Thom Burstyn)
Film Editing by
Simon Reece 
Art Direction by
Mike Becroft 
Makeup Department
Marilyn McPherson .... hairdresser
Marilyn McPherson .... makeup artist
Shayne Radford .... specialist hairdresser (as Shane Radford)
Production Management
Pat Murphy .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Don Linke .... second assistant director
John Samuels .... first assistant director
Art Department
Jonathan Crayford .... art department assistant
Bob Dolman .... construction
Robin Murphy .... standby props
Philip Taratoa .... props buyer (as Phil Taratoa)
Sound Department
Brent Burge .... assistant dubbing mixer
Mike Hopkins .... sound editor (as Michael Hopkins)
Tony Johnson .... post-production sound
Wayne Leonard .... boom operator
Cherie O'Shea .... assistant sound editor
Ken Saville .... sound recordist
Brian Shennan .... dubbing mixer
Chris Verburg .... assistant dubbing mixer
Special Effects by
Matt Murphy .... special effects
Mark Taylor .... stunt driver
Petar Zivkovic .... stunt driver (as Peter Zivkovic)
Camera and Electrical Department
Alastair Allan .... grip assistant
Trou Bayliss .... grip
Alun Bollinger .... camera operator
Clare Clifford .... stills photographer
Belinda Crayford .... gaffer
Chris Graves .... focus puller (as Christopher Graves)
Danny Williams .... best boy
Danny Williams .... electrician
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Fiona Stewart .... standby wardrobe
Editorial Department
Mike Hopkins .... assistant editor (as Michael Hopkins)
Music Department
Mike Booth .... musician: trumpet
Gary Clark .... engineer
Paul Dyne .... musican: bass
Dave Ginnane .... engineer
Robert Hagen .... engineer
Kelly Johnson .... lyricist
Kelly Johnson .... singer
Craig Walters .... musician: saxophone
Other crew
Helen Bollinger .... unit publicist
Des Culling .... production assistant
Euan Frizzell .... titles
Lyn Galbraith .... production secretary
Suzannah Morrison .... trainee production assistant
Lutz Schroeder .... lab supervisor
Margot Snellgrove .... continuity
Lee Anderson .... the producers wish to thank
Terry Crayford .... the producers wish to thank
Andy Grant .... the producers wish to thank
Barry Harbutt .... the producers wish to thank
Gerry Luhman .... the producers wish to thank
Sue May .... the producers wish to thank
Raywyn Moore .... the producers wish to thank
Malcolm Rowell .... the producers wish to thank
Mary Seddon .... the producers wish to thank
Jane Watt .... the producers wish to thank

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3 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Not Bad for Its Time, 26 March 2003
Author: kensmark from Right Behind You

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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