Drive-In Dust Offs: Night Warning (1982)

Crazy has always tapped a main vein in horror films; if it didn’t we would be stuck watching films of people being pranked or wronged, who laugh it off and become dentists instead (with all due respect to Corbin Bernsen). Now, of particular interest to me is when the sins of the flesh meet that fracture of the mind; where the lascivious and the lurid tangle in sweaty, blood stained sheets. And 1982 coughed up a doozy (in character and content) with Night Warning, a tale of a very protective aunt who doesn’t want to see her nephew leave the nest.

Also known as Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker (a cool title, but neither relate to the story at all), Night Warning was distributed by Comworld Pictures in early ’82 (but didn’t go wide until early ’83) and garnered some good reviews while passing by audiences. Why? Because it was just
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Code Red Set to Unleash Butcher Baker Nightmare Maker To DVD This July!

Some great news was sent our way from Code Red/Brandon Sites, regarding the upcoming DVD release of William Asher’s 1982 horror film Butcher Baker Nightmare Maker (aka Night Warning), making its DVD debut this July, in a brand new HD transfer. If any of you fright fiends haven’t had the chance to see this one yet, be ready, as it’s a hell of a movie, and one to pick up for sure. First news of Scream Factory’s Phantom Of The Paradise Bluray and now is shaping up to be quite the day for great release news. For the complete information regarding the release (thanks again to Brandon Sites!), along with some stills from the brand new HD transfer of the film, read on!

“Butcher Baker Nightmare Maker (aka Night Warning) is often one of the most requested horror movie titles that’s never been released to DVD,
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“Night Warning” (1982) Review

Review by Chris Wright,

Directed By: William Asher

Written By: Stephen Breimer, Boon Collins, & Alan Jay Glueckman

Starring: Susan Tyrrell (Aunt Cheryl), Bo Svenson (Detective Joe Carlson), Jimmy McNichol (Billy Lynch), William Paxton (Eddie), Marcia Lewis (Margie), Julia Duffy (Julia), Steve Eastin (Coach Landers), Britt Leach (Sgt. Cook), Caskey Swaim (Phil Brody), Cooper Neal (Frank), Gary Baxley (Bill Lynch Sr.) , Kay Kimler (Anna Lynch).

I came across this movie looking for rare horror films in the 80s. “Night Warning” has all the components of a solid psychological horror thriller movie yet it is virtually unknown today, which is surprising. I suspect it isn’t as well known due to the fact that it isn’t a slasher in the traditional sense. To add to its unknown nature, the movie has never seen another release beyond Thorn Emi video release in the mid 1980s. There has been speculation of
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Marcia Lewis, Tony Nominee for 'Grease' and 'Chicago,' Dies at 72

Marcia Lewis, a Tony Award nominee for her performances in the Broadway revivals of "Grease" and "Chicago," died in the early hours of Dec. 21. She was 72. Though the cause of death has not been revealed, she was suffering from lung and brain cancer.Lewis won acclaim for her salty and sly interpretations of the nasty high school teacher Miss Lynch in the 1994 revival of "Grease" and the manipulative prison matron Mama Morton in the 1996 revival of "Chicago." She also toured in the latter production, in which she routinely stopped the show with her brassy delivery of "When You're Good to Mama" and "Class," the latter a duet between her character and Velma Kelly, the foul-mouthed murderess first played in the revival by Bebe Neuwirth.Her additional Broadway credits include "Hello, Dolly!," playing opposite both Phyllis Diller and Ethel Merman; "Annie" "Rags," for which she received a Drama Desk Award nomination
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