A brother and sister arrive in a small town to help their relatives run an amusement park, and they find the town is terrorized by a local street gang.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Shannon Presby ...
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Gideon
David H. MacDonald ...
Moonie
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JoeBob (as Vincent Grant)
Theron Montgomery ...
Gordo
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Charlie
Lucy Martin ...
Fay
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Mark
Paige Price ...
Karen (as Paige Lyn Price)
Court Miller ...
Sheriff
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'Mac' MacWilliams
Jean De Baer ...
Mary Beth MacWilliams (as Jean DeBaer)
Robertson Carricart ...
Deputy
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Storyline

Abby McWilliams and her brother Loren are particularly normal teenagers. Their parents Mac and Mary Beth are killed in an accident. It's decided that Abby and Loren live in Glenby, Florida with their Aunt Fay and Uncle Charlie who own a gas station and an amusement park. Loren and Abby don't have much trouble making friends at their new high school. Loren starts dating Karen, the local sheriff's daughter while Abby starts dating Mark. Loren feels uncomfortable when he sees a blond-haired guy harassing Abby in the lunchroom. Mark tells Loren and Abby that the blond-haired guy is Eddie Dutra, a teenage drug addict who is the leader of a gang of redneck thugs. Loren helps Abby keep Dutra at a distance. Dutra's retaliations keep getting more vicious until Dutra forces a showdown at the amusement park by kidnapping Abby. Written by Corey Semple (AdamSandler's8SexyNights)

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The kids learned three things about southern hospitality, blood, sweat and terror! See more »

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Drama | Horror | Thriller

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18 January 1985 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Three actors from the film later appeared with actor Keanu Reeves in different films: Lori Loughlin in The Night Before (1988), John Philbin in Point Break (1991) and James Spader in The Watcher (2000). See more »

Goofs

During the shower scene, Abby is wearing a vest to hide her nudity. See more »

Quotes

Eddie Dutra: That fucking cunt! I want her dead!
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Connections

Referenced in The Big Box: Christmas Evil (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Edge of Survival
Music by Michel Rubini
Lyrics by Jess Harnell
Performed by Jess Harnell
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"My name's Gideon Walters...my friends call me Gid!"
22 July 2002 | by (Venice Beach, CA.) – See all my reviews

Don't let people sway you, folks. This movie is outstanding! It features some disreputable Southern stereotypes and death by roller coaster and lighter fluid, not to mention the brilliant actor John Philbin in a typically memorable performance as "Gid". The production values are strong (including music by the great Lalo Schifrin) and the script is fast-paced and doesn't waste time with nuance or subtlety. There are pit bulls, lazy sheriffs, authentic Florida tourist trap backwoods locations, a pre-"Mask" Eric Stoltz, and impressive mid-1980s fashions. What more can you ask for? A solid 7/10.


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