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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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Details

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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Featured in 31 Days of Horror: Nightmare Beach (1989) (2019) See more »

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I Knew How to Rock
Written by Ron Bloom and Derek St. Holmes
Performed by Derek St. Holmes and Ron Bloom
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Trashy but hugely enjoyable teen slasher flick!
22 September 2006 | by The_VoidSee all my reviews

Nightmare Beach may not be a very good film in the classic sense, but in terms of entertainment value; the film certainly has a lot going for it. Nightmare Beach is known as a Giallo in some circles, but I think it's quite clear that the main inspiration has come from the overpopulated slasher genre. I'm not a big fan of this type of film, but Nightmare Beach succeeds where other slashers fail because it doesn't try to be anything that it isn't, and the focus is always on the dumb teens at the centre of the story and the over the top murder scenes. The movie seems to take a lot of influence from Lamberto Bava's 'Demons', as trashy eighties metal is mixed in with just about every sequence...and was that the logo for said film that I saw on the back of the biker's shirts? The plot focuses on the annual Easter celebration known as 'Spring Break' at a certain (nightmare) beach. A biker by the name of Diablo was put to death by electric chair after supposedly being framed for murder by the local officer, and now the authorities have a problem on their hands as the biker going round electrocuting people threatens the business boom.

Umberto Lenzi's career peaked in the late sixties to early seventies with Giallo classics such as Seven Blood-Stained Orchids and several awesome crime flicks such as Almost Human. It's safe to say that his career went downhill in the eighties when he started to imitate the likes of Lucio Fulci and Ruggero Deodato with enjoyable yet trashy flicks such as Cannibal Ferox and Nightmare City. While Nightmare Beach is nothing like as good as Lenzi's earlier efforts, and certainly doesn't represent a return to form, at least this film is enjoyable throughout, and personally I didn't care too much that I know the director is capable of better. As you might expect, the acting is truly diabolical, with nobody except cult icon John Saxon coming out of the film with any credibility; although Saxon does lift the entire production with hard man role. The electrocution style murder scenes are well shot, and while they don't all look particularly realistic; and don't feature much in the way of gore, it's nice to see a slasher that doesn't just feature knife killings. The mystery surrounding the identity of the murderer is never too well explored, and by the end there really is just one suspect left. Overall, this film is bound not to please everyone; but it's a lot of fun to watch, and if you can put with trash films - this one is well worth seeing!


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