Sole Survivor (1983)

R  |   |  Horror, Thriller  |  December 1983 (USA)
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A lone survivor of a plane crash is haunted by a feeling unworthy of survival. Dead people start coming after her to collect her.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anita Skinner ...
Denise Watson
Kurt Johnson ...
Brian Richardson
Robin Davidson ...
Kristy Cutler
Karla Davis (as Caren Larkey)
Andrew Boyer ...
Daniel Bryan Cartwell ...
Lt. Patterson (as Daniel Cartwell)
Wendy Dake ...
Stephen V. Isbell ...
Cabbie (as Steve Isbell)
William Snare ...
Peggy McClure ...
Crash Victim
Roberta Kay ...
Crash Victim
Kathleen Blyth ...
Crash Victim
Steve Krause ...
Crash Victim
Dominic Manano ...
Crash Victim
Randy Stripling ...
Crash Victim (as Randolph Stripling)


Denise Watson is a TV station worker who is the only survivor of a unexplained, horrific airplane crash in which she is completely unscratched. Soon, Denise becomes haunted by feelings of unworthiness as well as seeing strange people following her and hearing voices calling her name which no one but she can hear. Disregarding warnings from a psychic actress friend, Denise tries to get on with her life while it's revealed that she was supposed to die in the crash, but somehow escaped, now the unseen specter of death wants to collect her by sending its minions, people that have recently died, to kill Denise and finish the job what death had planed for. Written by matt-282

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It wants her... It's waiting... It won't be long now. See more »


Horror | Thriller


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Release Date:

December 1983 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'unique survivante  »

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$350,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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Thom Eberhardt's directional debut. See more »


Karla Davis: You cannot stop it, and anyone who stands in its way, or finds out, or even remotely suspects it, they will be delt with.
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Remake of The Survivor (1981) See more »


Performed by American Strange
Courtesy of James Caine
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Slow but creepy
2 June 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I've been after Sole Survivor for a while now and thanks to ebay, finally own a copy. I was a little disappointed, but still found it very creepy despite the slow pace. The film does a great job of expressing the idea of death stopping at nothing to claim its intended victim. If you liked the plot behind Final Destination, but want to see a more subtle and well made film, Sole Survivor is for you. That's exactly what I wanted, and in a way that's what I got. It's just a shame that Sole Survivor is so slow moving in parts and doesn't pack as much of a punch as it could have. There are some genuinely creepy moments such as the clock with the moving eyes, but overall I think they could have been used more effectively. Some have praised the film for using little gore, however I think that if some of the deaths had been more brutal it would have injected some much needed energy into the film. The ending is excellent and it's at this point that Sole Survivor seems to redeem itself for the slow pace.

Overall, this is a horror/thriller for those able to tolerate a slower pace and a little use of your brain. If you're after a mindless slasher or a gory bloodbath, this is not for you.

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