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Dust Devil (1992)

A woman on the run from her abusive husband encounters a mysterious hitch-hiker.

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Cast

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Dust Devil (as Robert Burke)
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Rufus Swart ...
Mark Robinson
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Capt. Cornelius Beyman
Terry Norton ...
Saartjie Haarhoff (as Terri Norton)
Russell Copley ...
Cpl. Dutoit
Andre Odendaal ...
Cpl. Botes
Luke Cornell ...
Soldier 1
Phillip Henn ...
Soldier 2
Peter Hallr ...
Marist Monk
Robert Stevenson ...
Rifle Boy
Stephen Earnhart ...
Camper Driver
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Storyline

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 who 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. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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The hitch-hiker from hell! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and sexuality, and for language | See all certifications »

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16 April 1993 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Le souffle du démon  »

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£4,300,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Due to the extremely dusty locations in Namibia, 16 motor vehicles ground to a halt during the seven week shoot. See more »

Goofs

When Wendy slams on the brakes of her VW Beetle, she doesn't touch the clutch, but the car stops without stalling. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Joe Niemand: Back in the first times, in the time of the red light; the desert wind - Soo-oop-wa - was a man like us. Until, by mischance, he grew wings and flew... like a bird. He became a hunter, and like a hawk, he flew to seek his prey; taking refuge in those far corners of the world where magic still lingers in the earth. But having once been a man, so does he still suffer the passions of a man. The people of the great Namib - me and my ancestors before me - we have another name for those ...
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Crazy Credits

The producers would especially like to thank the government and people of Namibia for their help in the making of this film. See more »

Connections

References Stalker (1979) See more »

Soundtracks

You Can Call (But I Won't Answer)
Written by Bal Croce, Johnny Tub Johnson, Max Décharné
Performed by Earls of Suave
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Very atmospheric and visually impressive horror film.
1 November 2006 | by See all my reviews

The titular Dust Devil is an evil demon that preys only on those who have lost the reason to live.This includes Wendy,who has broken up with her husband and is now making her way aimlessly across the South African desert.Feeling lonely,she picks up a stray by the name of Hitch and the nightmare begins...Richard Stanley's "Dust Devil" re-interprets the true story of a South African serial killer,known among locals as "Nhadiep".Bizarre ritualistic murders took place in the town of Bethany.The killer who inspired Dust Devil preyed on migrant workers and railways workers."Dust Devil" is a creepy and hypnotic horror film.Richard Stanley of "Hardware" fame relies on the magical elements of the legend of Nhadiep,invoking tribal rituals,witchcraft and Namibian mysticism.There is also a good amount of gore splashed on screen.The cinematography of Namibian desert is absolutely fantastic and there are some striking visuals.A must-see for horror enthusiasts!


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