Sole Survivor (1983)

Sole Survivor (1983)





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After her plane crashes in the wilderness, the sole survivor--who happens to be a beautiful young woman, oddly enough--discovers she is to be dinner for hungry zombies in this gory thriller.
Drama , Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Anita Skinner
as Denise Watson
Kurt Johnson
as Brian Richardson
Caren Larae Larkey
as Karla Davis
Robin Davidson
as Kristy Cutler
Daniel Bryan Cartmell
as Lt. Patterson
Wendy Dake
as Roxie
Steve Isbell
as Cabbie
Peggy McClure
as Crash Victim
Roberta Kay
as Crash Victim
Kathleen Blyth
as Crash Victim
Steve Krause
as Crash Victim
Dominic Manano
as Crash Victim
Randy Stripling
as Crash Victim
Laurie Wendorf
as Blake's Wife
Rudy Challenger
as Air Traffic Controller
Brian Ann Zoccola
as Hospital Receptionist
Linda Rose
as Nurse No.1
Cynthia Weislogel
as Nurse No.2
Jennifer Sullivan
as Girl on Landing Dock
Toni Lawrence
as TV Actress
Gino Gaudio
as Frank
Lloyd Stevens
as Old Man in Park
Al Valleta
as Dave
Eldon Randall
as Highway Inspector
Thomas Peterson
as TV Director
Leslie Corin
as Baby Barker
Barbara Renee
as Mrs. Barker
John Zigler
as Man in Parking Structure
Rick Kleber
as Santa Claus
Clay Wilcox
as Randy
Brinke Stevens
as Jennifer
Gerald Griffin
as Police Officer
Sid Marsh
as Police Officer
Joseph Gaudio
as Police Officer
Don Worden
as Police Officer
Sandra Goldgraben
as Police Officer
Marc Handler
as Undercover Cop
Jaxson Fish
as Dead Boy
Alan Levy
as Civil Service Desk Man
Darian Hayes
as Salvation Army Lady
as Gang Leader
Anthony Alvarez
as Gang Member
Jim Landes
as Gang Member
Kip Waldo
as Gang Member
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Critic Reviews for Sole Survivor

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Sole Survivor should be re-titled Slow Survivor. This so-called horror movie meanders along at such a sluggish snail's pace that the elderly laugh at its laborious tempo as they lap it.

Full Review… | July 10, 2008

Audience Reviews for Sole Survivor

Watchable film about the (duh) sole survivor of a plane crash who begins to see strange apparitions around her in the days following the accident. Predates the Final Destination franchise by a decade or so and gives some similar themes and chills. Worth a rental.

Bill Bryant
Bill Bryant

Genuinely frightening horror film that grabs the viewer and won't let go. Eerie, creepy and boasts a clever ending.

Kyle forrest
Kyle forrest

With "Final Destination 5" hitting theaters soon I found it fitting to revisit the 1983 low budget horror film "Sole Survivor", a wonderful forgotten picture that the lame higher budgeted "Final Destination" franchise totally ripped off. Seriously it's amazing how many high budget Hollywood films rip-off low budget rarely seen films from a decade or two before with no credit. There's just enough difference in the plots to not to warrant a legal battle, unlike Michael Bay's "The Island" which completely ripped off "Parts: The Clonus Horror" scene by scene. A hard working commercial producer miraculously survives and is the sole survivor of a tragic airplane crash. Soon peculiar things begin to happen as you see she wasn't supposed to survive. Now death wants her and soon recently dead corpses rise up to drag her sorry soul to her 'final destination.' Can she outwit Death with the help of a her concerned doctor boyfriend? The creep factor is high in this engrossing horror thriller as director Thom Eberhardt (more famous for his cult classic "Night of the Comet") crafts each scene to the max with well paced suspense. There are a few scenes that will get your hair to stand up on end... like a scene where a corpse chases our survivor in a dark parking garage. CREEPY! Budget restraints does hurt the film from time to time. An example is the opening plane crash which can't even be shown. We instead watch a black monitor showing a blip disappear and then we read about the crash. The acting can also be a little shady at times but hardly terrible. Our lead, Anita Skinner, is obviously a novice and I found her performance to be a little less than engaging. The same can be said for our love interest Kurt Johnson as his wooden performance hardly makes his love for our survivor truly seem real. Even with its few flaws "Sole Survivor" ranks along "Dead & Buried" as one of the best forgotten horror films I have ever seen. Seriously why isn't this film better known? Sure the acting can be a little blow par at times but the sure handed direction and engrossing plot will be sure to suck any horror fan in... unless of course you are one of those horror fans that believes horror is ONLY blood and guts with no suspense or atmosphere. I say hunt this gem down and watch it before any of the shitty "Final Destination" sequels. I recommend buying the Code Red DVD as soon as possible as rumor has it will being going out of print.

Eric Reifschneider
Eric Reifschneider

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