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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
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'Dust Devil' is a visually striking, atmospheric supernatural mood piece that deserves a larger audience. Directed by Richard Stanley, best known to most for the so-so cyberpunk action movie 'Hardware', this is a much more ambitious and complex movie. Unfortunately it isn't entirely successful, and frequently loses focus and gets muddled and confusing. Even so it has some fascinating sequences and is well worth renting. The mysterious title character is played by the underrated Robert John Burke, and actor who has had an uneven career from Hal Hartley gems like 'Simple Men' to horror schlock like 'Thinner', and even a brief stint as Peter Weller's replacement in the Robocop series. Burke is supported by the charismatic African character actor Zakes Mokae ('The Serpent and the Rainbow'), and b-grade regular Chelsea Field ('Harley Davidson and the Marlboro Man'). 'Dust Devil' is a difficult movie to categorize but will appeal to fans of offbeat and strange films.
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