Dust Devil

1992

Dust Devil

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Across the lonely wastelands of South Africa's Nambian desert a stranger walks searching for suicidal souls to plunder. This stylish supernatural thriller chronicles one such encounter with the mysterious "Dust Devil." It all begins as the stranger kills a despondent woman and uses her blood to render magical symbols on the walls of her home before he burns it. A policeman, Ben, looks into this and other similar murders; he consults a pathologist and a local shaman and together they deduce that an unearthly being is behind the mayhem. Meanwhile, Wendy Robinson, another unhappy wife leaves her husband. She is driving down an empty road when she sees the stranger and offers him a ride. He tells her his name is Hitch and together they continue down the road. That night, Wendy considers suicide in her motel room, while Hitch patiently waits nearby. Wendy's husband Mark is busy trying to find her. Later, the curious woman rifles through Hitch's bag and finds a box full of human fingers. He finds her and attacks, but during the struggle, she escapes into the night. Enraged, he assumes his true form and follows her. In the end, the three protagonists have a climactic conflict in an abandoned desert town and tragedy ensues.

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  • Nov 21, 2008
    This film came highly recomended by a friend who's tastes in film usually run similar to mine, so I was eager to see it. While I didn't hate it...I didn't love it either. There are some impressive visuals and the mythology is a GREAT premise for a film (or novel). I just didn't feel that it was executed as well as it could have been. It felt like a film that couldn't quite decide what it wanted to be. If that makes any sense? Worth a watch if you are a fan of the genre.
    Robert C Super Reviewer
  • Jun 17, 2008
    Breathtaking yes, but disturbing not so much, the film is not as scary as I expected from reading other viewers' opinions.....but what we do have is a well-drawn PROGRESSIVE horror film. Dust Devil, doesn't just rely on means to frighten you really, it's actually character based and character driven. To me, Dust Devil is the ultimate hitch-hiker horror story. There have been many films regarding the issue but not many in the supernatural sense....this guy is two kinds of evil. Combining African folklore with a spaghetti western look and throwing in some grisly murder scenes, Dust Devil impressed me all the way. The pace is slow, but mesmerizing and never drags. Visually, the movie is absolutely gorgeous. Different camera angles are used to portray different emotions and the backdrop of the almost inhabitable desert shows the emptiness and despair of characters. People and cars rise out of the heat lines of the desert, as if rising out of the ocean. Towns are desolate, with tumbleweeds and trash blowing in the hot wind. Everything is drenched in red dust and yellow sand. A hypnotic and hallucinatory film. Highly recommended. <a href="http://s273.photobucket.com/albums/jj203/goji9000/?action=view¤t=DD.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://i273.photobucket.com/albums/jj203/goji9000/DD.jpg" border="0" alt="Photobucket"></a>
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  • Jun 05, 2008
    strange western occult thriller has just enough ideas to keep it afloat in a sea of 80s cheese. the acting of the two leads is dreadful. i watched the 107 mins version which makes better use of the cop and shaman characters. oddly compelling
    Stella D Super Reviewer
  • Sep 05, 2007
    A dark, sensual and almost trippy ride. More of a grotesque drama than an actual horror movie. Draws you in and really confers the emotions of the characters, and almost convinced me that the dust devil was really doing them a favor...
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