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Dust Devil (1992)

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A woman on the run from her abusive husband encounters a mysterious hitch-hiker.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Dust Devil (as Robert Burke)
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Wendy Robinson
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Ben Mukurob
John Matshikiza ...
Joe Niemand
Rufus Swart ...
Mark Robinson
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Capt. Beyman
Terry Norton ...
Saarke Haarhoff (as Terri Norton)
Russell Copley ...
Cpl. Dutoit
Andre Odendaal ...
Cpl. Bates
Luke Cornell ...
Soldier 1
Philip Henn ...
Soldier 2
Robert Stevenson ...
Rifle Boy
Peter Hallr ...
Marist Monk
Stephen Earnhart ...
Camper Driver
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Dr. Leidzinger
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Storyline

A shape shifter (Burke) comes from the desert in search of victims, a spirit the locals call "The Dust Devil". He prays on the lonely and the unloved, those who have already lost everything but life itself. Wendy (Field) has broken up with her husband and wanders aimlessly in her car. She picks up a stranger and begins having misgivings about picking him up when strange things begin to occur. Meanwhile a local police officer (Mokae) tracks the killer. Aided by a shaman's admonishments about witchcraft he sets off to try and stop the beast before it can complete its grisly task. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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He's not a serial killer. He's much worse. See more »


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Rated R for strong violence and sexuality, and for language | See all certifications »
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Release Date:

16 April 1993 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Le souffle du démon  »

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Budget:

£4,300,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Richard Stanley's first cut of the film was 120 minutes long. US distributors Miramax hated it and produced its own 87-minute version without Stanley's permission or cooperation. This cut removed all references to the supernatural and almost completely disposed of the nominal hero's role (played by Zakes Mokae); it was released in the European market, however Stanley has never seen this version. Stanley came to an agreement with the producers over a 95-minute compromise cut. At this point the film's British backers, Palace Pictures, went bust, making it increasingly unlikely that the film would ever see the light of day in a UK cinema. Then after about a year of frantic searching, Stanley discovered that the original negative was being held by PolyGram. He went to the film's original investors, Channel 4 and British Screen Finances, which were naturally keen to see what had happened to their investment. PolyGram was obliged to hand over the negative, which Stanley re-cut to his own specifications, and with his own money. See more »

Goofs

When Wendy slams on the brakes of her VW Beetle, she doesn't touch the clutch, but the car stops without stalling. See more »

Quotes

Dust Devil: There is no good or evil, only spirit and matter. Only movement toward the light - and away from it.
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Crazy Credits

The producers would especially like to thank the government and people of Namibia for their help in the making of this film. See more »

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Very atmospheric and visually impressive horror film.
1 November 2006 | by (Chyby, Poland) – See all my reviews

The titular Dust Devil is an evil demon that preys only on those who have lost the reason to live.This includes Wendy,who has broken up with her husband and is now making her way aimlessly across the South African desert.Feeling lonely,she picks up a stray by the name of Hitch and the nightmare begins...Richard Stanley's "Dust Devil" re-interprets the true story of a South African serial killer,known among locals as "Nhadiep".Bizarre ritualistic murders took place in the town of Bethany.The killer who inspired Dust Devil preyed on migrant workers and railways workers."Dust Devil" is a creepy and hypnotic horror film.Richard Stanley of "Hardware" fame relies on the magical elements of the legend of Nhadiep,invoking tribal rituals,witchcraft and Namibian mysticism.There is also a good amount of gore splashed on screen.The cinematography of Namibian desert is absolutely fantastic and there are some striking visuals.A must-see for horror enthusiasts!


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