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Sole Survivor (1984)

A lone survivor of a plane crash is haunted by a feeling unworthy of survival. Dead people start coming after her to collect her.

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Thom Eberhardt

Writer:

Thom Eberhardt
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anita Skinner ... Denise Watson
Kurt Johnson ... Brian Richardson
Robin Davidson ... Kristy Cutler
Caren L. Larkey ... Karla Davis (as Caren Larkey)
Andrew Boyer Andrew Boyer ... Blake
Daniel Bryan Cartwell Daniel Bryan Cartwell ... Lt. Patterson (as Daniel Cartwell)
Wendy Dake Wendy Dake ... Roxie
Stephen V. Isbell Stephen V. Isbell ... Cabbie (as Steve Isbell)
William Snare William Snare ... Artie
Peggy McClure Peggy McClure ... Crash Victim
Roberta Kay Roberta Kay ... Crash Victim
Kathleen Blyth Kathleen Blyth ... Crash Victim
Steve Krause Steve Krause ... Crash Victim
Dominic Manano Dominic Manano ... Crash Victim
Randy Stripling Randy Stripling ... Crash Victim (as Randolph Stripling)
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Storyline

Denise Watson is a TV station worker who is the only survivor of a unexplained, horrific airplane crash in which she is completely unscratched. Soon, Denise becomes haunted by feelings of unworthiness as well as seeing strange people following her and hearing voices calling her name which no one but she can hear. Disregarding warnings from a psychic actress friend, Denise tries to get on with her life while it's revealed that she was supposed to die in the crash, but somehow escaped, now the unseen specter of Death wants to collect her by sending its minions, people that have recently died, to kill Denise and finish the job what death had planned for. Written by matt-282

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Before "Final Destination" There Was ... "Sole Survivor" See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 January 1984 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Desafio À Morte See more »

Filming Locations:

Tustin, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$350,000 (estimated)
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Thom Eberhardt's directional debut. See more »

Quotes

Karla Davis: You cannot stop it, and anyone who stands in its way, or finds out, or even remotely suspects it, they will be delt with.
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Connections

Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) See more »

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Doing Time
Performed by Kimaya Koepke
Courtesy of Vince Gray
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Early 80s horror gem.
8 August 2013 | by Hey_SwedenSee all my reviews

Writer / director / editor Thom Eberhardts' feature directing debut is a nicely realized, grim and spooky little shocker worth viewing for horror aficionados hoping to find good lesser known films from decades past. It's got plenty of atmosphere, a never ending feeling of uneasiness, a good spin on "living dead" cinema, and its themes and ideas are interesting. As genre junkies will realize, it's similar in some ways to the more famous "Final Destination", which came along 17 years *later*. Eberhardts' script is often witty and offers good roles to a capable cast.

Star Anita Skinner is impressive enough in the role of plane crash survivor Denise Watson that one may wish we'd seen more of her in films over the years. She displays just the right amount of vulnerability and confusion. Denise was the *only* survivor of this crash, and she tries to resume her normal life, but weird things begin happening. Unspeaking, creepy strangers start to appear to her and she wonders what it all could mean.

Also in the cast are handsome Kurt Johnson as a kindly doctor, Robin Davidson as Denise's spunky neighbour, Caren Larkey as a washed up actress with unwanted psychic abilities, and William Snare as a frustrated coroner. Be on the lookout for foxy B movie actress Brinke Stevens as a player in a strip poker game who takes off her top and Leon (Robinson) as a gang leader.

David F. Anthony composed the eerie music and cinematographer Russell Carpenter, who went on to really big things such as "True Lies" and "Titanic", does a really good job in helping to set the mood.

The movie also educates us some on the subject of "survivor syndrome", wherein people who live through catastrophic accidents expire themselves within 24 months, possibly through a sense of guilt and feeling of unworthiness.

All in all, "Sole Survivor" is one of those films that deserves a wider audience. It's too good to remain obscure.

Eight out of 10.


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