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Dust Devil (1992)

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. Cornelius Beyman
Terry Norton ...
Saartjie Haarhoff (as Terri Norton)
Russell Copley ...
Cpl. Dutoit
Andre Odendaal ...
Cpl. Botes
Luke Cornell ...
Soldier 1
Phillip Henn ...
Soldier 2
Peter Hallr ...
Marist Monk
Robert Stevenson ...
Rifle Boy
Stephen Earnhart ...
Camper Driver
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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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The hitch-hiker from hell! See more »


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

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16 April 1993 (UK)  »

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Le souffle du démon  »

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£4,300,000 (estimated)
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Trivia

Carl McCoy, lead singer of goth-rock band Fields of Nephilim, was originally offered the male lead in the film, but had to turn it down. 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

[first lines]
Joe Niemand: Back in the first times, in the time of the red light; the desert wind - Soo-oop-wa - was a man like us. Until, by mischance, he grew wings and flew... like a bird. He became a hunter, and like a hawk, he flew to seek his prey; taking refuge in those far corners of the world where magic still lingers in the earth. But having once been a man, so does he still suffer the passions of a man. The people of the great Namib - me and my ancestors before me - we have another name for those ...
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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 »

Connections

References Mister Frost (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Rude Boy Soldier
Written by Patrick Barrett (as P. Barrett) and Angus Sylvester (as (A. Sylvester)
Performed by Tony Rebel
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Cryptic, bloody, fascinating
27 December 1998 | by (Washington DC) – See all my reviews

Very dark, gory, mystical film with strong, haunting atmosphere, much in the spirit of Stanley's work for occultist rock band Fields of the Nephilim. A demonic entity hitchhikes across the desert taking possession of bodies with which to commit ritualistic murders - the crime scenes, their walls minutely detailed with glyphs and sigils painted in the victims' blood, are stunningly effective. Skeptical detective finally enlists the help of an old shaman who knows the creature's vulnerabilities and the killer is stopped - or is it? --Really remarkable; anyone who enjoyed Stanley's earlier "Hardware" should make the effort to find it.


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