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Nightmare at Noon (1988)

Scientists poison the water supply of a small town, turning the residents into homicidal maniacs who kill each other and anybody who passes through.

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Nico Mastorakis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Wings Hauser ... Ken Griffiths
Bo Hopkins ... Reilly
George Kennedy ... Sheriff Hanks
Kimberly Beck ... Cheri Griffiths
Brion James ... The Albino
Kimberly Ross Kimberly Ross ... Julia
Neal Wheeler Neal Wheeler ... Charley
David Christiansen David Christiansen ... Dr. Miller
Mark Haarman Mark Haarman ... Deputy
Jean St. James ... Lori (as Jean Pflieger)
Tabi Cooper Tabi Cooper ... Woman in Curlers
Todd Collard Todd Collard ... Billy
Larry Campbell Larry Campbell ... Cowboy
Bob Miles Bob Miles ... Floyd
Sheri Griffith Sheri Griffith ... Insane Mother
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Scientists poison the water supply of a small town, turning the residents into homicidal maniacs who kill each other and anybody who passes through. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Taglines:

An Experiment in Terror.

Genres:

Action | Sci-Fi | Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 July 1988 (Portugal) See more »

Also Known As:

Death Street USA See more »

Filming Locations:

Moab, Utah, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Omega Entertainment See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

When rehearsing the diner knife scene, co-Writer, co-Producer, and Director Nico Mastorakis used an actual knife on himself to demonstrate what was supposed to happen during the aforementioned scene. See more »

Goofs

Boom mike appears in shot at about 27:00 minutes. See more »

Quotes

Julia: You're bleeding!
Dr. Miller: At least it's red.
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Connections

References Dirty Harry (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

Those Days Are Over
Written by Barry Labov
Performed by Mark Urgent
Featuring Dick Swary
Courtesy of LABOV & BEYOND Music
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Randomness Extravaganza!
20 July 2009 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Watching "Nightmare at Noon" turned out to be yet another personal milestone in my career as a purchaser of cinematic nonsense… This unmistakably is, hands down, the movie that makes the absolute LEAST efforts to explain all the random weirdness and palaver it brings forward throughout nearly its entire running time. Everything, even the utmost absurd story aspect, is so incredibly goalless and literally nothing appears to upset the tough and hardened lead characters. Even when the little town of Canyonland is overcome with terror, and all the usually peaceful locals turn into bloodthirsty zombies, Sheriff Hanks (George Kennedy) and accidental tourists Ken Griffiths (Wings Hauser) & Reilly (Bo Hopkins) remain stoically calm and extendedly take the time to think up theories that are – in spite of the odds – accurate to the smallest details! "Nightmare at Noon" is an unimaginably dumb film with a totally incoherent script but, as a matter of compensation for that, it features a large amount of gratuitous explosions and turbulent Western-styled shootouts in the desert! Creepy albino scientist Brion James, mute and all dressed in white to fit the color of his skin, arrives with a small army of soldiers at the borders of the desolate small town of Canyonland and initiates his diabolical experiment. The water becomes intoxicated, all entries in and out of town are shut off and the infected villagers gradually begin to exterminate each other. Why and/or how exactly is a complete mystery – at least to me it was – but the heroic crime fighters in charge spontaneously guess it must be the work of some evil psychopath experimenting up in the hills. Wow, with such guessing talents they should really enroll in the fortune telling business! The first hour of "Nightmare at Noon" guarantees good brainless and unscrupulous B-movie entertainment. The old-fashioned remote Western town setting is nostalgic and the testosterone-laden interactions between the male leads are splendid highlights, for sure. Wings Hauser, Bo Hopkins and George Kennedy were all at the top of their cheesy B-movie careers here and that truly results in a couple of marvelous dialogs. After that, however, writer/director Niko Mastorakis seemingly lost complete interest to finish what he started. The last half hour is a long and dull series of desert chases and there even is an utterly pointless showdown between two helicopters that goes on for more than five whole minutes. Admittedly the cinematography and shots of desolate landscapes are professionally handled, but the whole thing is just plain purposeless. With a slightly more elaborated script and intelligent dialogs, this surely could have been an undiscovered 80's sleeper hit, but now it's just another oddball cheese-flick with nicely polished action sequences that are in vain. The two beautiful and incredibly sexy Kimberly's in the cast (Beck and Ross) are underused and aren't even offered the chance to show off their impressive bosoms. Shame.


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