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A shape shifter (Burke) comes from the desert in search of victims, a spirit the locals call "The Dust Devil". He prays on the lonely and the unloved, those that have already lost everything but life itself. Wendy (Field) has broken up with her husband and wanders aimlessly in her car. She picks up a stranger and begins having misgivings about picking him up when strange things begin to occur. Meanwhile a local police officer (Mokae) tracks the killer. Aided by a shaman's admonishments about witchcraft he sets off to try and stop the beast before it can complete its grisly task.
He's not a serial killer. He's much worse.
Title: Dust Devil
Release Date: October 13, 1993
Runtime: 87 mins
All Genres: Horror, Mystery, Thriller, Western
Country: South Africa, UK
Sound: Dolby SR
IMDB Rating: 6.4
Buried.com Rating: 7.4 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With D
MPAA Rating: R
Robert John Burke ...Dust Devil (as Robert Burke)
Chelsea Field ...Wendy Robinson
Zakes Mokae ...Ben Mukurob
John Matshikiza ...Joe Niemand
Rufus Swart ...Mark Robinson
William Hootkins ...Capt. Beyman
Terri Norton ...Saarke Haarhoff
Russell Copley ...Cpl. Dutoit
Andre Odendaal ...Cpl. Bates
Luke Cornell ...Soldier 1
Philip Henn ...Soldier 2
Robert Stevenson ...Rifle Boy
Peter Hallr ...Marist Monk
Stephen Earnhart ...Camper Driver
Marianne Sagebrecht ...Dr. Leidzinger
Isaac Mavimbella ...Farmhand
Crystal Dobson ...Mrs. Beyman
Mickey Wenk ...Checkpoint Soldier
Stephanus Titus ...Barman
Philip Notununu ...Man in Bar
Andre Jacques Van der Merwe ...Tourist Husband
Marietjie Vaughn ...Tourist Wife
Ursula Peveling ...Tourist Daughter
Erle Vaughan ...Tourist Son
Jaco Espach ...Truck Driver
"Travel Alone (On the Jericho Road)"
"Rude Boy Soldier"
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- He's not a serial killer. He's much worse.
- The hitch-hiker from hell!
- Joe Niemand: There's a whole lot of power in fingers and knots and knuckles and such. If you want to win a war, you gotta have a whole fistful of knuckles! Ben Mukurob: You smoke too much, Joe.
Dust Devil: There is no good or evil, only spirit and matter. Only movement toward the light - and away from it.
Joe Niemand: The Dust Devil must keep moving to survive, blown by the desert wind, on and on, throughout eternity, without rest or pity.
Joe Niemand: The desert knows her name now. He has stolen both her eyes. When she looks into a mirror she will see his spirit, like a shawl, blowing tatters round her shoulders in a haze. And beyond the dim horizon a tapestry unfolding of the avenues of evil. And all of history set ablaze.
Ben Mukurob: [wakes up from a terrible dream] Was it a dream? Joe Niemand: No my friend that was reality... You are dreaming now.
- Due to the extremely dusty locations in Namibia, 16 motor vehicles ground to a halt during the seven week shoot.
Producer JoAnne Sellar got lost in the desert while out scouting for locations.
Richard Stanley's first cut of the film was 120 minutes long. US distributors Miramax hated it and produced its own 87-minute version without Stanley's permission or cooperation. This cut removed all references to the supernatural and almost completely disposed of the nominal hero's role (played by Zakes Mokae); it was released in the European market, however Stanley has never seen this version. Stanley came to an agreement with the producers over a 95-minute compromise cut. At this point the film's British backers, Palace Pictures, went bust, making it increasingly unlikely that the film would ever see the light of day in a UK cinema. Then after about a year of frantic searching, Stanley discovered that the original negative was being held by PolyGram. He went to the film's original investors, Channel 4 and British Screen Finances, which were naturally keen to see what had happened to their investment. PolyGram was obliged to hand over the negative, which Stanley re-cut to his own specifications, and with his own money.
Director Cameo: [Richard Stanley] When Wendy is driving to Bethany at night, she falls asleep behind the wheel and is startled by the Dust Devil, who is on the side of the road transforming into a dog. Stanley himself is under the makeup.
The project had its genesis as a dream that director Richard Stanley had when he was a student at the Cape Town Film School. He tried unsuccessfully to realize it at the time.
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