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14 November 1985 (USA) See more »
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After being arrested, a Texas man begins confessing to the brutal murder of over 200 women. He recounts... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Robert A. Burns ... Daniel Ray Hawkins
Dennis Hill ... Moon Lewton
Berkley Garrett ... Sheriff Will Gaines
Sidney Brammer ... Molly Lewton
DeeDee Norton ... Monica Krivics (as Dee Dee Norton)
Ollie Handley ... Doctor Earl Krivics
Demp Toney ... Doris Simpson
Lainie Frasier ... Stranded Motorist (as Lainie Ferrante)

Eleese Lester ... Karen Grimes
Colom L. Keating ... Detective Barnes (as Colom Keating)
Dayna Blackwell ... Girl Hitchhiker
John Browning ... Doctor Spivey
Carla Edson ... Honkytonk Girl
Gene Grottke ... Deputy Sheriff

Brady Coleman ... Arresting Officer #1

Julius Tennon ... Arresting Officer #2
Ann Kozak ... Jasmin
Keith Montgomery ... Rough Cop
Ted J. Crum ... Convenience Store Man (as Ted Crum)
Jill Parker-Jones ... Woman in Pickup
Stephanie Wing ... Little Girl #1
Monica Combs ... Little Girl #2
Jane K. Smith ... Ma Hawkins
Bill Boyd ... Pa Hawkins
Charles Delaria ... Young Hawkins
Danielle Delaria ... Sister Hawkins
Quincy Loman ... Nice Cop
Christie Carafano ... Child Prostitute
Gena Harrington ... Hooker
Victoria Potter ... Hooker
Estreya Kesler ... Hooker
Greg Kelly ... Uniformed Officer #1
Mike Sharp ... Uniformer Officer #2
Robert Guerra ... Uniformed Officer #3
Jim Presnal ... Hitchhiker
Liz Brown ... Car Hop
Melissa Cabal ... Struggling Woman
Scottie Wilkerson ... Convenience Store Woman
Steve Polardi ... Honkytonk Man
Frank Arnold ... Man at Clinic
Jan Arnold ... Woman at Clinic
Natalie Arnold ... Child at Clinic
Honey Arnold ... Child at Clinic
David Brown ... City Patrolman
Gerald MacClanahan ... Highway Patrolman
Kim Fusch ... Body Parts
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bill Johnson ... Oil rig Worker (uncredited)

Paul Wright ... Roughneck (uncredited)

Directed by
Mark Blair 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mark Blair 

Produced by
Cecyle Osgood Rexrode .... producer
Frank Y. Smith .... executive producer
Original Music by
William Penn 
Cinematography by
Layton Blaylock (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Sheri Galloway 
Casting by
Sam Balkum 
Jo Edna Boldin 
Production Design by
Robert A. Burns 
Art Direction by
Todd Smiley 
Set Decoration by
Gregory Cundiff 
John Frick 
Makeup Department
Estreya Kesler .... hair stylist
Estreya Kesler .... makeup artist
Production Management
Susan Elkins .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kim Fusch .... third assistant director
John Gibson .... second assistant director
Jeff Grahm .... second assistant director
Randy Ostrow .... assistant director (as Randolph M. Ostrow)
Art Department
Catherine Rhodes .... property master
Samuel Braslau .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Ivan Bigley .... sound effects
Jim Crow .... sound effects
Irv Gorman .... boom operator
Paul Harrison .... location sound mixer
Henry Miller .... boom operator
Henry Miller .... location sound mixer
Larry Seyer .... sound mixer
Special Effects by
Jack Dean .... effects
Charles Floyd .... effects
Gregg Stouffer .... special effects (as Gregg Stouffer)
Camera and Electrical Department
Phil Curry .... gaffer
Mike Fleming .... second assistant camera
Marcos E. González .... grip (as Mark Gonzales)
Gerald MacClanahan .... best boy
Gerald MacClanahan .... electrician
David McGill .... best boy
David McGill .... grip
John Sheeren .... first assistant camera
Ralph Watson .... Steadicam operator
Casting Department
Charles Matthews .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dee Chappell .... assistant wardrobe
Estreya Kesler .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Dee Chappell .... assistant editor
John Gibson .... assistant editor
Marcos E. González .... assistant editor (as Mark Gonzales)
Al Hansen .... film colorist: final
Allan Hansen .... color timer
Location Management
Eric Truax .... location manager
Transportation Department
Cecil D. Evans .... driver (as Cecil Evans)
Other crew
Samuel Braslau .... production assistant (as Sam Braslau)
John Chiabrando .... production assistant
Melinda Gray .... production assistant
Dusty Hesskew .... technical advisor
Scott Hetrick .... craft service
Dennis Hill .... technical advisor
Tony Ip .... title designer
Lynn McRae .... production office
Kathie Redmond .... production coordinator
Carole Roberts .... caterer
Nelson Sharp .... technical advisor
Jerry Stevens .... production assistant
Lori Stringer .... caterer
Tricia Stringer .... caterer
Brenda K. Wachel .... script supervisor (as Brenda Wachel)
Leonard Carlson .... special thanks

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Terror is a Man-Robert A. Burns is Brilliant, 21 December 2004
Author: Nick Faust ( from Evansville, Indiana

This movie isn't kidding. That's why so many comments are hostile to the extreme. The late Robert A. Burns plays the serial killer who's confessing, and he's unforgettable. It's one of those performances that really get you because there's no pretense in his acting. Burns plays a guy who, on the surface, seems pretty ineffectual: polite, soft spoken, and when dealing with the police, always upbeat and gentle. But when the seasoned sheriff starts to interrogate our friend, this soft spoken fellow never breaks a sweat nor raises the tone or timber of his voice as he tells of one murder after another after another. I know of no other actor who has so vividly created this kind of sociopath on the screen before. Burns never plays it up. Rather, the contradictions he seamlessly illustrates in this character continually draw us into his horrible world. That's why all these folks have written negative, hostile comments. Burns gets to you in a way that's profoundly unsettling. You can't take you eyes off him. The film itself takes the approach that the world exists to provide killers like this with toys to play with. It relentlessly positions the viewer in the center of the sociopath's experience, creating a world that defies civilized restraint, tenderness of any kind, and replaces all with a cold and casual cruelty. This is a film that reeks of endgame; God is dead and the beasts rely on instinct and the smell of blood to survive. Not a pleasant film, for sure, but in it's own right a kind of classic because it fulfills its goals without generalizing or in anyway trumping up its dark, relentless vision into something like Jason and Freddy, a faceless cartoon. This movie haunts one because the terror it illustrates comes from a very real and very recognizable human being. Terror is a man. Burns is extraordinary, and so is the film.


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