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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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Georgia Durante, who played a leading acting role in "Runaway Nightmare", had been a popular model, film stunt driver and even a driver for a New York crime syndicate. Later she wrote a best-selling nonfiction in "The Company She Keeps" (1998) Nashville: Celebrity Books. ISBN 1-58029-105-8. 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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About As Boring As You're Going to Get
10 December 2017 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Runaway Nightmare (1982)

BOMB (out of 4)

Ralph (Mike Cartel) and Jason (Al Valletta) are working as worm farmers in the desert and complaining that their lives have no fun or adventure. As soon as they say that they witness a couple men burying a box. They decide to dig it up and inside is a woman that is still alive. They take her home but before long a gang of women break in and kidnap the men.

This regional horror film started production in 1978 and it was finished sometime in 1982 when the picture was released. The version of the film I watched was the original director's cut, which features no nudity or anything like that. When it was originally released on video someone added a bunch of nude inserts but sadly they were not a part of the director's cut, although they can be found on the DVD release of the film as a bonus feature.

As far as the film goes, I must admit that I'm rather shocked to read some positive reviews of this thing. For my money this was one of the worst and most boring films I've ever seen. I mean, you've pretty much got nothing happening throughout the 93-minute running time. You keep watching the movie expecting something of interest to happen but it never does. The film continues to drag along and there's still nothing.

The pure boredom caused by this picture is just something shocking to witness. I really don't understand what the director (Cartel) was trying to do. There's no drama. No mystery. No horror or gore. There's no nudity. There's honestly nothing going on with this picture. I guess some people share my feelings of nothing going on yet they find that to be entertained because they've never seen anything like it before. I think it would have been better had RUNAWAY NIGHTMARE just not been made.

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