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Don't Go Near the Park (1979)

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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Horror

Certificate:

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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 »

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The Thriller Video VHS from 1986 features the full uncut version. See more »

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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Don't Go in the Woods... Alone! (2013) See more »

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Heed My Warning!
19 February 2003 | by NotsobooSee all my reviews

I read the warnings online. Despite them, I stupidly went out and rented this piece of garbage. Wow. I've been let-down by a movie before, but never by a movie I had no expectations for anyway. This was just bad. First of all, the intro takes place "12,000 years ago"... which would make the characters 10,000 years older than Christ, but they speak VERY good American English... wow. THAT'S an impressive feat, almost as impressive as going on a 12,000 year-long murdering spree and not being caught once. Another impressive feat would have to be the awesome special effects they used to show aging... which were the exact same effects used in The Wolf Man almost 40 years prior to this. Incredible. [sarcasm]

Yes folks, this movie includes it all: bad acting, stupid effects, weak plot, and best of all, two 12,000 year old murderers, everything. The only thing this movie has going for it, in my opinion, is that it's hard to find.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 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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