Night Warning (1983)


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This passable psycho-slasher thriller is elevated by a classic over-the-top performance by Susan Tyrell as the demented spinster aunt of amiable teen basketballer Billy (Jimmy McNichol), who has lived with her since his parents' death in a ghastly car accident (depicted in the film's breathtaking prologue). During one of Auntie's many psychotic episodes, she makes not-so-subtle sexual overtures to a studly repairman and winds up stabbing him to death when he rejects her advances. Her nephew … More

Rating: R
Genre: Horror
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Written By: Boon Collins, Alan Jay Glueckman, Eugene Mazzola, Stephen Breimer
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as Billy Lynch

as Cheryl Roberts

as Det. Carlson

as Julie Linden

as Sgt. Cook

as Coach Landers

as Phil Brody
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Critic Reviews for Night Warning

All Critics (4)

this unlikely outing for William Asher (Bewitched, I Love Lucy) brings a repressive, poisonous dynamic into precisely the sort of domestic space that had featured more salubriously in his earlier TV sitcoms.

Full Review… | March 18, 2014
Grolsch Film Works

Tyrrell gives her career best performance as the pscyho.

Full Review… | December 26, 2005
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Enjoyably overripe thriller with intriguing subext and a wild performance from the great Tyrrell.

May 26, 2004
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Full Review… | March 10, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Night Warning

More thriller than horror and the title and poster have nothing to do with anything in this film. Its also badly paced but still it turns out to be a decent time waster.

A.D. Villarreal

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Night Warning is a relatively unknown film, which is a shame because it is a truly effective and fairly original slasher/thriller because explore subjects very rarely touch in this genre. The story is very intriguing, full of mystery, suspense, and some solid shocks.
The excellent cast is another strong feature of this movie.

John Me

Super Reviewer

Above average slasher film about a deranged aunt and her relationship to her nephew who everyone thinks might be gay. Tons of goofy homophobia mixed with funny 80's cliches and some outrageously uncomfortable scenes as the characters interact. Why is this not on DVD yet???
Drink when someone:
Says "Fag" or "faggot"
enjoys milk (from a glass or a carton)
says the word "Billy"
You'll be hammered.

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