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  (in credits order)
Gregory Fortescue ... Jake Spear
Stevie Lee ... Treva
Steve Dixon ... Dr. Anthony King
Paul Silverman ... The Reverend (as N. Paul Silverman)

Paul Urbanski ... Joshua
DeLaney Provencher ... Jane
Matt Shear ... Seth
Robin Fleck ... Dena
Adam Dorr ... Little Tommy
Marina Seeman ... Aunt Syphillus
Marti DeLoach ... Grandma Jones
Gregory J. Lanesey ... Mike (as Greg Lanesey)
Patrick Butler ... Tim
Julia Escher ... Mary
Jason E. Hays ... Dick
Sam Wolk ... Old Man Patrick
Ron Asheton ... Peter
Terrance Auch ... Bill
John Mietelka ... Duke
Francine Jones ... Janice
Glenn K. Pearson ... Andrew (as Glenn Pearson)
Cheryl Catchings ... Nurse Julie King
Kimberly White ... Eleanor
Kevin T. White ... Nathan
Courtney White ... Tracy
Ted Ray ... Courthouse man
Donna Kulscar ... His Distraught Wife
Beth Sherman ... Mourner
Fred Page ... Mourner
Carey Wyler ... Sherriff
Tom Wenz ... Dick's Buddy
Sharon Shapiro ... Girl Alone in Woods
David Kulscar ... Cat Roundup Victim #1
Michael Jarema ... Cat Roundup Victim #2 / Laughing Man in Bar
Ken Boon ... The Black Thing
John Dennis Dwyer ... Leader of escape
Michael Kostinko ... Fire starter
Deon Benjamin Dwyer ... Child
Rae MacTaggart ... Woman in Bar
Hubert Cohen ... Man in Bar
Marlene Vassoff ... Neck Melt Woman
Tamorah Smith ... Hair Melt Woman
Kirk Herrick ... Rescuer
Nathan J. White ... Man Who Strikes Doctor
Tod Armentrout ... Man in Upstairs Window
Edward E. Steele ... Mailbox Chaser
Lisa Edds ... Singer at Church
Doug Burton ... Singer at Church
Marsha Dorr ... Woman at Church
Coralee Parkins ... Woman at Church
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Brigette Amiri ... Citizen of Sleepy Rock
Amy Booth ... Citizen of Sleepy Rock

Marti Bowling ... Mrs. Jones
Meagan Cox ... Citizen of Sleepy Rock
Michael Crumb ... Villager
John Dorr ... Citizen of Sleepy Rock
Lou Ferris ... Citizen of Sleepy Rock
Amy Finkbeiner ... Citizen of Sleepy Rock
Cheree Greenwood ... Citizen of Sleepy Rock
Terri Hess ... Citizen of Sleepy Rock

Darrin James ... Citizen of Sleepy Rock
Ron Knight ... Citizen of Sleepy Rock
Mary Elizabeth Low ... Citizen of Sleepy Rock
Brian Mackie ... Citizen of Sleepy Rock
Ronald G. Naski ... Town Agitator
Gail Slaughter ... Citizen of Sleepy Rock
Wendy Slaughter ... Citizen of Sleepy Rock
John Snyder ... Citizen of Sleepy Rock
Christine Webber ... Citizen of Sleepy Rock

Directed by
Nathan J. White 
Writing credits
Nathan J. White (writer)

Produced by
Michael Jarema .... producer
Original Music by
Joseph LoDuca 
Cinematography by
Peter Deming (director of photography)
Art Department
David Leugs .... assistant art director
Bill Siemers .... property master
Jonathan B. Wright .... storyboard artist
Sound Department
Ron Ayers .... post production sound
Bruce Campbell .... sound effects recordist
Linda Kasper .... sound
William Shaffer .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Don Bean .... special effects technician
Brian Joseph Ochab .... special effects technician (as Brian Ochab)
Visual Effects by
Bob Kayganich .... matte paintings
Brian Joseph Ochab .... stop motion animation assistant (as Brian Ochab)
Anthony Boura .... stunts
'Artbo' Brown .... stunts
Paul Clipson .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Art Brown .... key grip
Clint Burhans .... still photographer
Max Pomerleau .... gaffer
Ed Stephens III .... grip (uncredited)
Animation Department
Don Bean .... stop-motion animator: title sequence
Larry Larson .... stop-motion animation
Other crew
Vicki L. Engel .... production assistant
Kevin 'Rambo' Fitzgerald .... production assistant
Jeffrey Shepherd .... set production assistant
James Wagnor .... production assistant (uncredited)
James Blanchard .... thanks (as James J. Blanchard)

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The Reverend:Cats or death?
Joshua:Cats aren't what you need!
The Reverend:Then let it be death!
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Very strange things are happening in Sleepy Rock, and that's no understatement., 15 October 2011
Author: (Vomitron_G) from the Doomed Megalopolis of Blasphemous Technoids

Now this is a flick you need to track down. It's such an odd & entertaining mixture of things, it easily gains some extra points for sheer originality. Now dig this: The little town of Sleepy Rock's teenage social outcast - Jake, who lives in a ramshackle wooden shack and has to bear the trauma of having burned down his parents' house, killing them in the process - gets attacked by a mysterious black, hairy creature one night. He manages to shoot it and the thing just dissolves in the nightly rain. But, having sustained injuries, Jake now is infected with something and becomes the carrier and instigator of a plague the likes you've never seen before. The infection spreads through inanimate objects only - literately anything you can imagine, from books to trees and what not else - and people who touch such an infected object get consumed by it. And that's basically just the backdrop (main threat) for the whole plot. Because while a fierce storm has isolated the whole town, all its inhabitants pretty much go crazy and turn onto one another. What all happens next, you'll have to witness for yourself. All I can say is that there's a lot going on in this film, often pushing the boundaries of common sense to a ridiculous extent. For instance...: People go on a cat hunt to collect as many cats possible for testing if or not inanimate objects are infected (yes, that includes throwing some innocent kitten against a wall to see if the poor thing dissolves or not). Some priest preaches religious madness, gathering a flock of believers. Some doctor tries to save the town while protecting the carrier. Two clans set off an all out war against each other as if they were the sole survivors in some imaginative post-apocalyptic world. Children are hunted down & killed. A naked woman gets consumed by a mirror. And you haven't seen the end of it yet. There's some blackly humorous ways about this film, yet it's hard to pinpoint where all it might have been intended or not. There's some strange symbolism of various sorts spread throughout the film and allegedly the whole 'infection' can be interpreted as a metaphor for the AIDS virus (at the time uprising as the most dangerous disease of the '80s). Although I imagine it can be as easily interpreted as a reference to the medieval black plague. "The Carrier" seems a pretty obscure and forgotten film and naturally it doesn't have the best of production values. As much as the whole story might get ridiculous on numerous occasions, it's also very original & tense. Pretty much unlike any other movie you've ever seen before.

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