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Just Before Dawn
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Just Before Dawn (1981)

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Plot Summary:
"Five campers arrive in the mountains to examine some property they have bought, but are warned by the forest ranger Roy McLean that a huge machete-wielding maniac has been terrorising the area. Ignoring the warnings, they set up camp, and start disappearing one by one. If that sounds too run-of-the-mill, there's a genuinely shocking plot twist half-way through."


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Review Date: 15 February 2006 My Rating: out of 5

 

I finally managed to see this 80's 'classic' which is one of few horror movies still on my 'to see' list, and I was slightly disappointed by it.

A bland cast heads into the forest for a camping trip after one of their number acquires some land after a relative dies. The group receives an obligatory warning from a Forrest Ranger in the form of George Kennedy before they disobey him and end up dying at the hands of a hillbilly clan in some really boring ways.

The DVD transfer was the shoddiest I had ever seen, having been quite obviously taken from a REALLY old and worn VHS copy with colours and sound all to hell, which did nothing to enhance my viewing pleasure.

In the end, I was left waiting only for the infamous fist down his throat climax which was 'so-so' at best.

OVERALL SUMMARY
Had I seen this in the 80's I probably would have loved it, but seeing it not long after Director Jeff Lieberman's latest movie Satan's Little Helper made it all too much of a bland retread for my liking.




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