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Mirage (1989)

A smiling, sadistic and seemingly demonic young killer in black, who drives a black pick up truck, is hunting three young couples who came to the desert to drink, party and have sex.

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Bill Crain

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Chuck Hughes (screenplay), Bill Crain (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Jennifer McAllister Jennifer McAllister ... Chris
Todd Caldecott Todd Caldecott ... Kyle (as Todd Schaefer)
Kenny Johnson ... Greg (as Kenneth Johnson)
Kevin Masterson ... Trip (as Kevin McParland)
Nicole Anton Nicole Anton ... Mary
Laura Albert ... Bambi
B.G. Steers B.G. Steers ... Villain
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Three couples set off to spend some time in the desert. At first, all is well and they have a lot of fun. Watching them is a mysterious stranger, who has plans for some fun of his own that the youngsters aren't going to appreciate. Written by Rob Hartill

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Too terrifying to be real, Too deadly to be an illusion.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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1989 (USA) See more »

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BMBC Productions See more »
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In Memory of Elizabeth Cotton
Composed by Ed Crawford (as E. Crawford)
Published by tHUNDERsPIELS
Performed by fIREHOSE
Courtesy of SST Records
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Highly underrated, well-done little slasher gem...
7 February 2006 | by jpuck81See all my reviews

This movie, which starts out with a interesting opening of two hot blondes getting it on in the back of a driver-less, moving vehicle, has quite the quirky little personality to boot. The cast of seven (although one girl doesn't hang around for the bodycount, which is unfortunate because the death toll is already so small as is) are all super-hot, as our story centers around teens partying way out in the desert (an odd but effective choice of setting), who are hunted down by a creepy man in black gloves and jeans who drives a black truck. It predates many of the vehicle-inspired slashers to date ("The Trip", "Joy Ride", "Jeepers Creepers") where the killer's vehicle itself becomes an evil antagonist. The killer himself is quite creepy, and we find solace in the extremely likable heroine in Jennifer McAllister (look at the interesting symbolic contrast of the evil killer in all black, while our benevolent heroine sports all white attire, as scanty and stonewashed as it may be). Director Bill Crain does some really great things with his camera, some neat tricks on screen, and the cast tries their absolute best. There's enough gore in the low bodycount to please the gore fans, and enough T&A from a couple of the girls to please T&A fans. Overall, this flick is highly underrated and widely sought out in the slasher movie world as it's proved quite rare to find on video. Highly recommended.


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