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Don't Go Near the Park (1979)

R | | Horror | September 1981 (USA)
Two siblings cursed in prehistoric times survive for millennia by feasting on the entrails of young people, prowling in what eventually becomes a park in contemporary Los Angeles.

Director:

Lawrence David Foldes (as Lawrence D. Foldes)

Writers:

Linwood Chase (screenplay), Lawrence David Foldes (screenplay) (as Lawrence D. Foldes) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aldo Ray ... Taft
Meeno Peluce ... Nick
Tammy Taylor ... Bondi (as Tamara Taylor)
Barbara Bain ... Patty / Tra / Griffith's Wife / Petranella (as Barbara Monker)
Robert Gribbin ... Mark / Gar (as Crackers Phinn)
Linnea Quigley ... Bondi's Mother
Chris Riley Chris Riley ... Cowboy
Lara Morann Lara Morann ... Bondi at 8 Years
Earl Statler Earl Statler ... Griffith
Cambra Foldes Cambra Foldes ... Patty's Victim
K.L. Garber K.L. Garber ... Nick's Mother
David Ariniello David Ariniello ... Boy Fishing
Steven Lovy Steven Lovy ... Mugger
Janet Giglio Janet Giglio ... Runaway Girl
Doug White Doug White ... Spanish Priest
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Storyline

In the prehistory of man, 12,000 years ago, two members of a superhuman tribe abuse the treasured secret of eternal youth. They use the methods of ritual cannibalism on the children of their own tribe and when discovered by the 'Queen' of the tribe, they are cursed to an eternity of old age with no chance to ever die. Now, in present day Los Angeles, their only hope to recapture eternal youth is the ritualistic sacrifice of a 16-year-old female virgin. Their existence is discovered by an investigative reporter and a young runaway child and this leads to an unexplained and terrifying confrontation. Written by Ørnås

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They were cursed to eternal life at the cost of their souls! See more »

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Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sanctuary for Evil See more »

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Budget:

$110,000 (estimated)
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Star Cinema See more »
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Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Scream Queen legend Linnea Quigley's first horror movie role. She talked about it in a 2015 interview with AV/Club. "(My first horror film was) a movie called Don't Go Near The Park, and it was done by Lawrence Foldes. He was probably 19, not much older than me. I went in, and it was when they had this [casting call publication] called Drama Log and they had "looking for a 19-24-looking woman." I sent my picture in, and they called me and I read for the part of this woman that bears a child. They're supposed to age me, like she's all grown up and everything, and I had a real babyface then, but they used the worst makeup, and I just looked like I had stipple on. It was crazy. It looked so bad. The movie was terrible." See more »

Alternate Versions

For the U.S. release, several snippets of gore from the cannibal scenes were cut to earn an "R" rating instead of an "X". See more »

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Silly and trashy, but somehow entertaining
15 May 2006 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

You have to give this film a little bit of credit for the fact that it doesn't religiously follow the same old slasher plot line; but then most of this credit has to be taken away when you consider how rubbish the film is. Don't Go Near the Park is one of the films included on the Video Nasty list, but unfortunately this is one of the films that really isn't all that gory. The film features a few bloody scenes (one that turns up before the credits), but they all look so fake that they're impossible to really take seriously. The plot, which opens centuries in the past, takes influence from the vampire sub-genre, and follows a pair of siblings who find themselves doomed to walk the Earth for all eternity after abusing their tribe's tradition for eternal youth. They are given one chance to break this curse, however, as they must sacrifice a virgin (who is also a descendant from the tribe) in return for their souls at a certain point during the lunar cycle. This leads the male of the duo to marry the first young woman he bumps into, and this means that their daughter is the one who must be sacrificed...

Of course, this plot is silly and is never going to lead to a great film; but I really do think that if this had better production values, it could have been a decent little flick. The script includes some good ideas, and the plot doesn't play out exactly as you'd expect it to; although it does suffer from a load of ridiculous happenings and coincidences. The acting is rubbish, and sees Tamara Taylor give a very irritating performance in the lead role. Aldo Ray and Meeno Peluce are ineffective in their roles, and the only standout performance in the film comes from Linnea Quigley, although her part doesn't allow her do much, and is only memorable because she would go on to make quite an impression in several other eighties horror films. The title of the movie gives you the notion that the film is another exploitation flick along the same lines of The Last House on the Left or Don't Go in the Woods, and I can see this leading to annoyance for people who weren't expecting a fantasy horror movie. On the whole, this really isn't a very good film - but it's more imaginative than a lot of its ilk, and while I won't see it again; I've got to admit that I did rather enjoy watching it.


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