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Runaway Nightmare (1982)

Not Rated | | Action, Comedy, Horror
Two dorky Nevada worm wranglers are kidnapped by a gang of beautiful women as part of a plot to steal plutonium from the Mafia.


Mike Cartel (as Michael Cartel)


Mike Cartel (as Michael Cartel)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mike Cartel Mike Cartel ... Ralph (as Michael Cartel)
Al Valletta Al Valletta ... Jason
Seeska Vandenberg Seeska Vandenberg ... Fate (as Sijtske Vandenberg)
Cindy Donlan Cindy Donlan ... Hesperia
Jody Lee Olhava ... Torchy
Cheryl Gamson Cheryl Gamson ... Pepper
Georgia Durante ... Leslie
Debbie Poropat Debbie Poropat ... Sadie
Alexis Alexander Alexis Alexander ... Vampiria
Ina Rose Fortman Ina Rose Fortman ... Clio
Jodie Perbix Jodie Perbix ... Electra
J. Christopher Senter J. Christopher Senter ... Mr. X
Evelyn King Kennedy Evelyn King Kennedy ... Skitso (as Evelyn King)
Mari Cartel Mari Cartel ... Andromeda
Kathy Mojas Kathy Mojas ... Pandora


Two worm farmers from Death Valley rescue a beautiful woman (Fate) after witnessing her live burial. The men (Ralph and Jason) attend to the unconscious girl but get captured by a commune of female cultists who only want to rescue their buried member. Cultist Fate had worked with a crime syndicate while uncovering a fortune in something (assumed to be platinum). But the platinum-filled suitcase gets seized by her cartel associates who then bury Fate as punishment. Ralph and Jason complete a bizarre initiation to become the only male members of this fourth-wave vampy group. Jason sees the experience as an adventure and finds romance with some of the members. Ralph only wants to escape where he is regarded as threatening and sexually repulsive. The cult leader, Hesperia now turns to avenge Fate's burial. The women, with their two new members steal back the valuable suitcase from a desert warehouse where Fate knows the syndicate holds the platinum. After the robbery, the angry mob trace ... Written by Mike Cartel

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When Your Dream Becomes a Reality, It's a Runaway Nightmare!


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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The original title for this movie was "Platinum Bombshell." See more »


Ralph: Then you've killed a lot of people.
Fate: I've lost count.
Ralph: Well, I can just get off here.
Fate: This is just where you're getting off.
Ralph: I saved your life.
Fate: It's the most expensive suitcase in the world, there's nothing more expensive than platinum.
Ralph: Except, plutonium.
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Alternate Versions

A Director's Cut/Special Edition of Runaway Nightmare was released in DVD and Blu-ray in 2014, along with a restored 35mm print for theatrical presentations See more »


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cerebral meltdown
15 February 2005 | by EyeAskanceSee all my reviews

This thoroughly uncategorizable whatever-the-hell-it-is is far and away one of the most aberrant gonzo visions ever committed to celluloid(with a few shot-on-video nudity inserts). Seriously...this one will leave your head spinning for days, if not months...

The conspectus of this flippantly engendered zero-budget wonder involves a rat-pack of female criminals who abduct a couple of lowly Death Valley bug farmers(!), and forcibly enlist their aid in a plot to snare a suitcase full of plutoni...uh...PLATINUM... from a rival organized crime syndicate. The film brings down the curtain with a scene paying light homage to the 50s noir classic KISS ME DEADLY.

The deranged impetus of RUNAWAY NIGHTMARE is largely propelled by dallying shots of women posing seductively with an assortment of weapons. Considering the noticeably unfurnished nature of this conception, I suspect it was predominantly formulated as fetishistic fodder piloted at guys with a blaze in their pants for armed-and-dangerous females. Hey...sign me up. What's hotter than a chick with a gun?

Nothing...I mean NOTHING the likes of RUNAWAY NIGHTMARE has ever crossed my path...an ass-backward oddity with enough catawampus appeal to merit a small cult following. Featured castmember Georgia Durante, a noted model, gangster's moll and stuntwoman, later published her disturbing memoirs in a marvelous book(called THE COMPANY SHE KEEPS), which is every bit as bizarre as this film.

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