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Death Valley (1982)

Death Valley (1982)

Death Valley





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While traveling across Arizona with his divorced mother and her new boyfriend, a precocious young boy stumbles onto a grisly murder scene, placing the three of them in mortal danger at the hands of a pair of good-ol'-boy twin psychopaths. It's hard to tell whether the producers of this film decided to "dress up" a standard slasher script with spooky desert vistas and quality actors (including cuddly little Peter Billingsley, who forever endeared himself to viewers of the perennial favorite A Christmas Story), or rather chose to inject gratuitous T&A and gore scenes into an otherwise more sophisticated Hitchcockian thriller to lure the Friday the 13th crowd. Whatever the motivation, the end result is a muddled mishmash of family drama and sleazy dead-teen mayhem that never found an audience.more
Rating: R
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Horror
Directed By: ,
Written By: Richard Rothstein
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On DVD: Dec 11, 2012


Mary Steelsmith
as Baby Sitter
Kirk I. Kiskella
as R.V. Boy No. 1
Frank J. Cimorelli
as R.V. Boy No. 2
J.P.S. Brown
as Western Sheriff
Roy S. Gunsburg
as Tour Guide
Merritt Holloway
as Motel Clerk
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Director Dick Richards has fashioned a perfectly serviceable thriller that unfortunately becomes derailed by both an extended -- and ludicrous -- climax as well as an increasingly silly performance by McHattie.

Full Review… | January 17, 2013
Creative Loafing

Audience Reviews for Death Valley

In the early 80's, the Slasher craze kicked off due to the feverish demanding of creating new and exciting horror tales of murderous madmen terrorizing innocent people. Death Valley is one of many obscured titles that have been forgotten over the years due to so many other films that have been released in the genre. This is a very good film with an interesting premise. By today's standards it looks dated, nonetheless it's a fun, mindless and eerie Slasher yarn that tends to rely more on building suspense than having a very high body count. The film has its fair share of questionable performances, but what do you expect from a Slasher film? The film is one of those obscured Slashers that deserve to be rediscovered and cherished by horror fans for its sheer originality and entertainment value. While most rely on gruesome kills, Death Valley takes time to create the on-screen tension and atmosphere and in turn it offers something that is quite unique in this subgenre of horror. The biggest problem I had with this film was the casting of Peter Billingsley as Billy; I really felt that he was one of the worst aspects of the film. As an actor, he was painful to watch, and although an integral part of the film, I just felt that character of Billy really weak and more stupid than anything. Other than that, there's some great kills on-screen as well as some effective tension that adds to the enjoyment of this film. If you come across Death Valley, it is worth watching and it among the better forgotten gems of the genre. This film along with Just Before the Dawn is the rare occurrence where the Slasher film tones down on the body count and offers something more for the viewer.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer


The kid from "A Christmas Story" is in this horror flick...the movie doesn't disappoint! The acting was good, not really good or great, but it worked. It's one of those films you don't really hear about and when you see it for the first time, it's such a nice surprise. Check this one out if you like horror films.

This is something I've always been curious about and never had a chance to get into until the Shout Factory Blu-ray release.

A very watchable little slasher/thriller, with an interesting twist on the setting.

Well worth checking out if you're like me and have put it off for this long.


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