Death Street USA (1988)
"Nightmare at Noon" (original title)

R  |   |  Action, Sci-Fi, Horror  |  29 July 1988 (Portugal)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 4.7/10 from 516 users  
Reviews: 15 user | 12 critic

Scientists poison the water supply of a small town, turning the residents into homicidal maniacs who kill each other and anybody who passes through.


0Check in
1 win. See more awards »


Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Zero Boys (1986)
Action | Thriller | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4/10 X  

A group of friends travel to a wilderness area to play a survival game. Soon they unexpectedly find themselves in a real-life survival situation.

Director: Nico Mastorakis
Stars: Daniel Hirsch, Kelli Maroney, Nicole Rio
Stone Cold (1991)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Joe Huff is a tough, go-it-alone cop with a flair for infiltrating dangerous biker gangs. The FBI blackmail Joe into an undercover operation to convict some extremely violent bikers, who ... See full summary »

Director: Craig R. Baxley
Stars: Brian Bosworth, Lance Henriksen, William Forsythe
Xtro (1982)
Horror | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Tony's father Sam, abducted by aliens three years earlier, returns to earth and seeks out his wife and son, but Rachel has since been living with Joe and the reunion is awkward. Joe doesn't... See full summary »

Director: Harry Bromley Davenport
Stars: Philip Sayer, Bernice Stegers, Danny Brainin
Sky High (1985)
Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 1.9/10 X  

A group of American students traveling in Greece find themselves accidentally involved with a new type of drug--and the gang that wants it.

Director: Nico Mastorakis
Stars: Daniel Hirsch, Clayton Norcross, Frank Schultz
Hired to Kill (1990)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.6/10 X  

A fashion photographer and seven models travel to a South American island fortress, ostensibly to do a fashion shoot. In reality, the photographer is a mercenary and their job is to free an... See full summary »

Directors: Nico Mastorakis, Peter Rader
Stars: Brian Thompson, Oliver Reed, George Kennedy
The Wind (Video 1986)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A novelist is stalked by a psychopath one stormy night.

Director: Nico Mastorakis
Stars: Meg Foster, Wings Hauser, David McCallum
Glitch! (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3/10 X  

Two thieves rob a large fancy house when the owner is away. But when a visitor mistakes them for the owner, and they find out about a casting party mis-scheduled for that day, they decide ... See full summary »

Director: Nico Mastorakis
Stars: Will Egan, Steve Donmyer, Julia Nickson
The Next One (1984)
Drama | Fantasy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

An astronaut's widow and her young son meet a stranger from the future on a Greek island.

Director: Nico Mastorakis
Stars: Keir Dullea, Adrienne Barbeau, Peter Hobbs
Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.7/10 X  

This high-tech, psychological thriller is set in the shadowy world of the Internet. Sondra Brummel is recovering from a skiing accident in her boyfriend's mansion, and accidently contacts a... See full summary »

Director: Nico Mastorakis
Stars: Nastassja Kinski, Jeffery Dean, Nicollette Sheridan
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.3/10 X  

Scott is a fashion photographer concerned about the sudden appearance of nightmares in his nightly dreams. In these, he seems to be involved in the murder of a beautiful young woman. When ... See full summary »

Director: Nico Mastorakis
Stars: Jeff Lester, Adrianne Sachs, Marc Singer
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 3.4/10 X  

Two beach combing-shutterbugs accidentally capture a murder on film. Now detectives, the boys set out to capture a murderess shot only from behind, with a rose tattoo on her behind. Fun in ... See full summary »

Director: Nico Mastorakis
Stars: Mark Hennessy, Scott King, Hope Marie Carlton
Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 2.5/10 X  
Director: Nico Mastorakis
Stars: Jessica Dublin, Maria Aliferi, Peter Winter


Cast overview, first billed only:
Ken Griffiths
Sheriff Hanks
Cheri Griffiths
The Albino
Kimberly Ross ...
Neal Wheeler ...
David Christiansen ...
Dr. Miller
Mark Haarman ...
Lori (as Jean Pflieger)
Tabi Cooper ...
Woman in Curlers
Todd Collard ...
Larry Campbell ...
Bob Miles ...
Sheri Griffith ...
Insane Mother


Scientists poison the water supply of a small town, turning the residents into homicidal maniacs who kill each other and anybody who passes through. Written by

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


An Experiment in Terror.


Action | Sci-Fi | Horror


R | See all certifications »




Release Date:

29 July 1988 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

Death Street USA  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The black helicopter that gets shot at in the finale of the film was recreated using a remote-controlled replica wired with explosives. See more »


Julia: You're bleeding!
Dr. Miller: At least it's red.
See more »


References Dirty Harry (1971) See more »


I'm Not Over You
Written by Re Winkler
Performed by Kathy Robertson
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Randomness Extravaganza!
20 July 2009 | by (the Draconian Swamp of Unholy Souls) – See all my reviews

Watching "Nightmare at Noon" turned out to be yet another personal milestone in my career as a purchaser of cinematic nonsense… This unmistakably is, hands down, the movie that makes the absolute LEAST efforts to explain all the random weirdness and palaver it brings forward throughout nearly its entire running time. Everything, even the utmost absurd story aspect, is so incredibly goalless and literally nothing appears to upset the tough and hardened lead characters. Even when the little town of Canyonland is overcome with terror, and all the usually peaceful locals turn into bloodthirsty zombies, Sheriff Hanks (George Kennedy) and accidental tourists Ken Griffiths (Wings Hauser) & Reilly (Bo Hopkins) remain stoically calm and extendedly take the time to think up theories that are – in spite of the odds – accurate to the smallest details! "Nightmare at Noon" is an unimaginably dumb film with a totally incoherent script but, as a matter of compensation for that, it features a large amount of gratuitous explosions and turbulent Western-styled shootouts in the desert! Creepy albino scientist Brion James, mute and all dressed in white to fit the color of his skin, arrives with a small army of soldiers at the borders of the desolate small town of Canyonland and initiates his diabolical experiment. The water becomes intoxicated, all entries in and out of town are shut off and the infected villagers gradually begin to exterminate each other. Why and/or how exactly is a complete mystery – at least to me it was – but the heroic crime fighters in charge spontaneously guess it must be the work of some evil psychopath experimenting up in the hills. Wow, with such guessing talents they should really enroll in the fortune telling business! The first hour of "Nightmare at Noon" guarantees good brainless and unscrupulous B-movie entertainment. The old-fashioned remote Western town setting is nostalgic and the testosterone-laden interactions between the male leads are splendid highlights, for sure. Wings Hauser, Bo Hopkins and George Kennedy were all at the top of their cheesy B-movie careers here and that truly results in a couple of marvelous dialogs. After that, however, writer/director Niko Mastorakis seemingly lost complete interest to finish what he started. The last half hour is a long and dull series of desert chases and there even is an utterly pointless showdown between two helicopters that goes on for more than five whole minutes. Admittedly the cinematography and shots of desolate landscapes are professionally handled, but the whole thing is just plain purposeless. With a slightly more elaborated script and intelligent dialogs, this surely could have been an undiscovered 80's sleeper hit, but now it's just another oddball cheese-flick with nicely polished action sequences that are in vain. The two beautiful and incredibly sexy Kimberly's in the cast (Beck and Ross) are underused and aren't even offered the chance to show off their impressive bosoms. Shame.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
TheatreX Got the name of the town wrong! yousuck-50
question: can pound land be relied upon to provide a good dvd? guy-meagher
Discuss Death Street USA (1988) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: