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A woman's lover poisons her cruel husband, a rich businessman, in front of her. She becomes more terrified when she finds the lover dead as well. A police detective suddenly shows up at her door.

Director:

Ted Post

Writers:

Joan Andre (screenplay) (as Joane Andre), John Case (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jaclyn Smith ... Katherine Atwell
Robert Mitchum ... Donner / Rodriguez
Mike Connors ... Wendell Atwell
James Franciscus ... Steve Fulton
Fritz Weaver ... Herbert Childs
Sybil Danning ... Monika Childs
Tina Menard ... Consuela
Melanie MacQueen Melanie MacQueen ... Alice
Belinda Mayne Belinda Mayne ... Christine
Michael Anderson Jr. ... Lt. Donner
Ramona Bair Ramona Bair ... Social Worker
Nimmy Abiaka Nimmy Abiaka ... Pregnant Teenager
Helen Hardin Helen Hardin ... Valda
Burke Rhind Burke Rhind ... McCarthy
James Rehfeld James Rehfeld ... Airline Clerk #1
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The wife of a wealthy industrialist finds herself caught-up in a web of intrigue & murder which was created by her own deceit. When she tries to escape the results of her actions, she too falls victim to deception. Written by Anonymous

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She'd DIE for him...he'd KILL for her... See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

West Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 December 1980 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asesinato en la noche See more »

Filming Locations:

Arizona, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Cine Artist Film GmbH See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Actor Angus Scrimm filmed scenes playing a character called "Desert rat" but all of his scenes were deleted. See more »

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Katherine Atwell: Lieutenant Donner.
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A lot better than the rating suggests.
25 April 2004 | by Snake-666See all my reviews

Katherine Atwell (Jaclyn Smith), the wife of a wealthy businessman, unwittingly finds herself embroiled in a sinister murder plot when her lover decides to murder her husband and steal his money so that the two may elope together.

Ted Post directs this Hitchcock-style horror/thriller about murder and deception and one has to say that he does a very good job in doing so. Post takes a screenplay based on a story by the relatively unknown John Case and turns it into an intricate and generally compelling ninety minute piece of criminally underrated cinema. Although Post obviously lacks the directorial flair of his inspirers Hitchcock and Argento (there are a couple of instances where light is used in a similar fashion to Argento as well as some Argento-style trickery), one cannot really fault his execution of the work and instead has to admire the way that he turned such a low-budget into a thrill fest of suspense and intrigue. The subtle blending of the foreboding orchestral soundtrack with the continuing tension Post is able to create through some rather adept use of lighting and slow-yet-adequate pacing is probably the main reason that this movie is able to succeed and become quite a shining of example of great, low-budget cinema.

Jaclyn Smith, from the TV series ‘Charlie's Angels', is exceptional in her role as a woman pushed to the brink of madness following a series of bizarre and inexplicable happenings – as if being an unplanned accessory to the murder of her husband wasn't enough! Smith's performance is all the more credible due to the whole array of emotions her character is forced to portray. Despite Smith's character being a wrong-doer, it becomes quite easy to sympathise with her plight and understand her actions. Robert Mitchum takes the main role of the supporting cast as Lt. Donner and just adds to the credible acting performances that help to make ‘Nightkill' what it is. Unfortunately, the rest of the supporting cast were not exactly up to par except for a somewhat brief performance by the near-legendary B-movie actress Sybil Danning.

‘Nightkill' is a movie built on suspense, fortified by extraordinary acting performances (for a movie of this type) and cemented with a truly remarkable and haunting finale. Those who appreciate thrillers such as those by Hitchcock and Argento should find something enjoyable in this film as well. Certainly not for those who have had their attention spans stolen by MTV, but for those who appreciate subtle, slow and suspenseful thrillers. Yes, there are problems such as a rather unnecessary piece of character interaction towards the end, a brief decline in quality during the middle of the film and the obvious limitations of the budget. The final twist is also a little clichéd and does become a little obvious but not really enough to take away from one's enjoyment. ‘Nightkill' is still a very accomplished film and one that psychological thriller fans should find quite enjoyable. My rating for ‘Nightkill' – 7/10.


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