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Night Trap (1993)

A New Orleans cop tries to track down and stop a vicious and demonic killer who has sold his soul to the devil for invulnerability and immortality.

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David A. Prior

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David A. Prior
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Davi ... Mike Turner
Michael Ironside ... Bishop
Lesley-Anne Down ... Christine Turner
Lydie Denier ... Valerie
Mike Starr ... Det. Williams
Margaret Avery ... Miss Sadie
John Amos ... Capt. Hodges
Lillian Lehman Lillian Lehman ... Mrs. Hodges
Jack Forcinito ... Stevens (as Jack Verell)
David Dahlgren ... Johnson
Mickey Jones ... Bartender
Keri-Anne Bilotta Keri-Anne Bilotta ... Michelle
Roger Engstrom Roger Engstrom ... Anderson
John Graham Sr. John Graham Sr. ... Bouncer
Thomas Fenton ... Sam
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A man sells his soul to the devil and shows up on a killing spree at Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Leaving a trail of bodies, the apparently indestructible demon challenges the detective to stop him by the end of Mardis Gras or lose his soul. With help from a voodoo lady and his police captain, who remembers the demon from a past Mardis Gras, he gets closer, but risks the destruction of his ex-wife and newly found girlfriend. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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Horror | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mardi Gras for the Devil See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Mike Turner: Burn in hell, you son of a bitch!
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Night Trap
Copyright 1993 Jim Devlin & Donny Gerrard
Entish Ways Music ASCAP/Zoner Music BMI
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Good escapism; but in slow motion!
26 June 2003 | by teuthisSee all my reviews

It's just slow. There was so little to the plot that the director had to stretch out each scene until even the action seemed slow motion. The camera work as noticeably stiff and fixed in many scenes. The acting by the main protagonists was uninspired, but consistent.

The concept of whether Michael Ironside's character is the devil, or merely one of his overconfident myrmidons, is vague at best; as are his motives. But then one seems not to actually require motives in a horror film. It isn't something I fret about.

Still, Night Trap has some qualities to recommend it. Robert Davi, stone-faced, and purposeful, is interesting to watch as a cop who is just not quite the classic loner/rebel. John Amos is there too, but his performance is much too understated. I kept watching for him to fall asleep. Michael Ironside is more or less wasted in his part. He just struts around most of the time, and occasionally makes some threat or pejorative pronouncement in a stentorian and rather flat basso voice. The supporting cast did a good job though; and their characters were engaging. Everyone comes together to work out the meagre plot in a way that makes the film at least good escapism; and weak but reasonable horror. I'll often watch it if I see it come on cable. It's one of those "guy" films for when you just want to lean back in the recliner and escape for a while; and perhaps take a nap or two. If only it moved a little faster.


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