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Don't Go Near the Park (1979)

R | | Horror | September 1981 (USA)
Two siblings cursed in prehistoric times survive for millennia by feasting on the entrails of young people, prowling in what eventually becomes a park in contemporary Los Angeles.

Director:

Lawrence David Foldes (as Lawrence D. Foldes)

Writers:

Linwood Chase (screenplay), Lawrence David Foldes (screenplay) (as Lawrence D. Foldes) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Aldo Ray ... Taft
Meeno Peluce ... Nick
Tammy Taylor ... Bondi (as Tamara Taylor)
Barbara Bain ... Patty / Tra / Griffith's Wife / Petranella (as Barbara Monker)
Robert Gribbin ... Mark / Gar (as Crackers Phinn)
Linnea Quigley ... Bondi's Mother
Chris Riley Chris Riley ... Cowboy
Lara Morann Lara Morann ... Bondi at 8 Years
Earl Statler Earl Statler ... Griffith
Cambra Foldes Cambra Foldes ... Patty's Victim
K.L. Garber K.L. Garber ... Nick's Mother
David Ariniello David Ariniello ... Boy Fishing
Steven Lovy Steven Lovy ... Mugger
Janet Giglio Janet Giglio ... Runaway Girl
Doug White Doug White ... Spanish Priest
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Storyline

In the prehistory of man, 12,000 years ago, two members of a superhuman tribe abuse the treasured secret of eternal youth. They use the methods of ritual cannibalism on the children of their own tribe and when discovered by the 'Queen' of the tribe, they are cursed to an eternity of old age with no chance to ever die. Now, in present day Los Angeles, their only hope to recapture eternal youth is the ritualistic sacrifice of a 16-year-old female virgin. Their existence is discovered by an investigative reporter and a young runaway child and this leads to an unexplained and terrifying confrontation. Written by Ørnås

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Horror

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sanctuary for Evil See more »

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Budget:

$110,000 (estimated)
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Star Cinema See more »
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(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Scream Queen legend Linnea Quigley's first horror movie role. She talked about it in a 2015 interview with AV/Club. "(My first horror film was) a movie called Don't Go Near The Park, and it was done by Lawrence Foldes. He was probably 19, not much older than me. I went in, and it was when they had this [casting call publication] called Drama Log and they had "looking for a 19-24-looking woman." I sent my picture in, and they called me and I read for the part of this woman that bears a child. They're supposed to age me, like she's all grown up and everything, and I had a real babyface then, but they used the worst makeup, and I just looked like I had stipple on. It was crazy. It looked so bad. The movie was terrible." See more »

Alternate Versions

The version which has been shown on 'Zone Horror' in the UK is the same as the unrated USA DVD. There is brief footage of entrails being removed missing, but this is said to be due to print damage. The missing footage is available as a special feature on the DVD See more »

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Referenced in The Cinema Snob: Pink Flamingos (2011) See more »

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Goodness me...
26 April 2003 | by dockbennettSee all my reviews

Wow... This site really does have every film possible. I found this film in a video rental place several years ago, and, in my usual fascination for unknown, Z-Grade looking films, rented it, and was fascinated by its badness. I remember thinking that it seemed to be the result of the editor throwing up all the little pieces of the film in the air, and randomly picking some up and putting them together. If he went to get the rest of the pieces, we could have ended up with another film entirely. I rented it again sometime later. I have never seen it since. I miss it. :(


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