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Slipping Into Darkness (1988)

R | | Thriller | November 1988 (USA)
Three spoiled college girls are held responsible for a handicapped boys death.

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John D'Aquino ...
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Ebin
Anastasia Fielding ...
Genevieve
Cristen Kauffman ...
Alex
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Susie Collins ...
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Mrs. Manigault
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Otis' Mother
Jerry Longe ...
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Terrence Markovich ...
Dean Manigault
Randy Pelish ...
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Walter Anderson ...
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Three spoiled college girls are held responsible for a handicapped boys death.

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Slipping Into Darkness
Written by Thomas Allen, Harold R. Brown (as Harold Brown), Morris D. Dickerson (as Morris Dickerson),
Lonnie Jordan (as Leroy Jordan), Charles Miller, Lee Oskar (as Lee Oscar) and Howard E. Scott (as Howard Scott)
Performed by War
Produced by Jerry Goldstein
Music consultant Jerry Goldstein
Published by Far Out Music, Inc., ITCM MUsic Inc.
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Not really good, but far from terrible
2 May 2011 | by (Denver, Colorado and Santiago, Chile) – See all my reviews

Although this movie is far from good, it's interesting in that it is one of those movies that seems to be made in a place far outside the usual Hollywood cinematic universe (in this case, Nebraska). The plot involves a former biker turned clean-cut college student who suspects that three private-school party girls may be responsible for the accidental death of his mentally retarded brother. He recruits two of his(rather resentful) former biker buddies and they trick and kidnap the three girls. Strangely, he seems to conclude the girls weren't actually at fault, but things get out of hand when the most deranged biker and the most sex-crazed girl pair off and go to an old cemetery...

The only recognizable "star" of this strange, obscure movie is Michelle Johnson who had earlier appeared in "Blame It on Rio" (Demi Moore's first movie) at the tender age of eighteen, and she spent so much time naked or in a bikini in that that no one seemed to notice that she wasn't really much of an actress. Her subsequent roles were all fully clothed ones, but her acting didn't really get any better. This is actually probably her best (acting) performance just because here she's at least at the same level as everyone else. The dialogue actually isn't too bad at all, but actions of the characters are often completely illogical. It's hard to believe even the most sex-mad party girl would willingly go off alone with a crazed biker who just kidnapped her and threatened her life, and the other two girls barely react to their friend's fate. The weak acting and the illogical actions by pretty much all the characters make it hard to really identify with anyone here.

Still, the GENERAL story is kind of different and interesting. And this movies makes great use of eerie Nebraska locations--a deserted factory, a rural graveyard, a foreclosed-upon farm in the middle of nowhere (complete with the body of a dead farmer!). Although it's obviously not in the same league (and it might be a rather dubious achievement) this movie manages to capture the spirit of rural Nebraska more than any other movie I've seen aside from "Boys Don't Cry". And if you're a fan of the War song "Slippin' into Darkness" this movie certainly makes liberal use of it. This is not really good, but it's also far from terrible


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