Death Valley (1981)

Genres - Horror, Thriller  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Thriller  |   Release Date - May 7, 1982 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 87 min.  |   Countries - USA  |   MPAA Rating - R
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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.

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desert, boy, city, killing, maniac, stranded, survivor, vacation