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Nightmare Beach (1989)

R | | Horror | 1990 (USA)
After a criminal motorcycle rider is put to death, he comes back from the dead to seek murderous revenge against the residents of a Florida town.

Directors:

James Justice (as Harry Kirkpatrick), Umberto Lenzi (as Harry Kirkpatrick)

Writers:

Umberto Lenzi (story) (as Harry Kirkpatrick), Vittorio Rambaldi (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nicolas De Toth Nicolas De Toth ... Skip
Sarah Buxton ... Gail
Rawley Valverde Rawley Valverde ... Ronnie
Lance LeGault ... Rev. Bates
Michael Parks ... Doc Willet
John Saxon ... Strycher
Ben Stotes Ben Stotes ... Al
Kristy Lachance Kristy Lachance ... Lori
Gregg Todd Davis Gregg Todd Davis ... Ralph
Yamilet Hidalgo ... Trina
John Baldwin John Baldwin ... Mad John
Luis Valderrama Luis Valderrama ... Dawg (as Luis Valderama)
Fred Buch ... Mayor Loomis (as Fred Buck)
Debra Gallagher Debra Gallagher ... Rachael
Turk Harley Turk Harley ... Malcom
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Storyline

After a criminal motorcycle rider is put to death, he comes back from the dead to seek murderous revenge against the residents of a Florida town.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

500 000 studenten en een te stoppen moordenaar (Dutch video release). See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

Italy

Language:

English

Release Date:

1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nightmare Beach See more »

Filming Locations:

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Umberto Lenzi, originally hired to direct, had a falling out with the producer just as production started and wanted to be taken off the film. He stated in a 1996 interview that he found the story "too similar to his earlier film Seven Blood-Stained Orchids (1972)" and decided before shooting began that his name would not appear on the film. Screenwriter Harry Kirkpatrick, also known as James Justice, was given the job of directing, and received sole directorial credit, though he convinced Lenzi to remain on the set in an uncredited advisory capacity throughout the entire production. For years, many horror film fans thought Harry Kirkpatrick was an alias for Lenzi, but Lenzi has stated in interviews that there really was a Harry Kirkpatrick who wrote & co-directed that film. He explained, "My contribution consisted solely of providing technical assistance. Nightmare Beach (1989) should be considered the work of Harry Kirkpatrick." See more »

Quotes

Gail: Spoilers
[On discovering the killer]
Gail: You?
Rev. Bates: You're an evil little slut. Just like your sister.
Gail: You killed her.
Rev. Bates: She was a lustful sinner. Like these heathen invader's.
Gail: You're crazy.
Rev. Bates: I am the avenging angel of the Lord. I reek his vengeance on those who fault his Will. Everyone must die... like Diablo. Death... by electrocution.
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Referenced in Fear, Panic & Censorship (2000) See more »

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Eye of the Hunter
Written by Ron Bloom and Derek St. Holmes
Performed by Derek St. Holmes and Ron Bloom
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Life's a beach, and then you die.
5 March 2011 | by BA_HarrisonSee all my reviews

Nicolas De Toth and Rawley Valverde play Skip and Ronnie, a pair of college football players who, along with thousands of other like-minded youngsters, head to the beach for spring break in search of sun, sea, sand and sex. The pair's fun is interrupted, however, when they get on the wrong side of the town's local biker gang, and a mysterious killer begins to bump off the Easter revellers in truly shocking style.

Hiding behind the pseudonym Harry Kirkpatrick and shooting on location in Fort Lauderdale with an all-American cast, Italian horror director Umberto Lenzi is clearly intending to pass off this 80s slasher as a product of the US of A; to complete the illusion, he sets his sexy spring break shenanigans and murderous mayhem to a suitably loud hair metal soundtrack (he's not fooling me though: with a Claudio Simonetti score that sounds like leftovers from the Demons and Phenomena soundtracks, a really silly motorcycle that electrocutes its pillion passengers, and a daft denouement that could have come straight out of a giallo, this film's Italian origins seem only too apparent).

Whenever Lenzi's attention is focused on either the wild antics of the sex-mad teens (wet t-shirt competitions, drunken zany pranks etc.,) or the gruesome activities of the psycho killer (best death: the roasting of a young woman in front of an open incinerator), Welcome To Spring Break is reasonably enjoyable trashy fare. Sadly, the plot frequently wanders into territory far less likely to entertain, the business with the bikers soon getting tiresome and a ridiculous sub-plot about the town's corrupt officials (which sees John Saxon slumming it as a sleazy sheriff) only serving to add to the tedium.

All in all, this is a pretty uneven effort, one for those who have already seen the slasher classics and wish to explore lesser known examples of the genre, or who simply enjoy their 80s horror extra cheesy.

4.5 out of 10, rounded up to 5 for all those lovely, big-haired, 80s beach babes.


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