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Dust Devil (1992)

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

Director:

Richard Stanley

Writer:

Richard Stanley
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert John Burke ... Dust Devil (as Robert Burke)
Chelsea Field ... Wendy Robinson
Zakes Mokae ... Ben Mukurob
John Matshikiza ... Joe Niemand
Rufus Swart Rufus Swart ... Mark Robinson
William Hootkins ... Capt. Cornelius Beyman
Terry Norton Terry Norton ... Saartjie Haarhoff (as Terri Norton)
Russell Copley Russell Copley ... Cpl. Dutoit
Andre Odendaal Andre Odendaal ... Cpl. Botes
Luke Cornell Luke Cornell ... Soldier 1
Phillip Henn Phillip Henn ... Soldier 2
Peter Hallr Peter Hallr ... Marist Monk
Robert Stevenson Robert Stevenson ... Rifle Boy
Stephen Earnhart Stephen Earnhart ... Camper Driver
Marianne Sägebrecht ... Dr. Leidzinger
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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

The hitch-hiker from hell! See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

South Africa | UK

Release Date:

16 April 1993 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Le souffle du démon See more »

Filming Locations:

Namibia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

£4,300,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(Final Cut) | (Workprint Version) | (director's cut)

Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Producer JoAnne Sellar got lost in the desert while out scouting for locations. 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 »

Alternate Versions

'Dust Devil' has surfaced in about four different versions. The original cut runs at 120 minutes, yet its post-production was never finished. The UK video release runs at 105 minutes, being the final director's cut. Stanley has personally presented it at various film festivals. The film suffered greatly in hands of the US distributor, Miramax. The US 87 minutes VHS and laserdisc, both in pan&scan, were re-dubbed and had a new voice-over. According to Stanley, an even shorter stateside version was released, with a running time of a measily 68 minutes. The original and the final cut are said to be the only ones sharing most of the scenes and the general storyline. See more »

Connections

References The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966) 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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User Reviews

Unusual Horror Film
5 May 1999 | by LuvsFoodSee all my reviews

Director Richard Stanley's sophomore film, Dust Devil, is a haunting and effective horror story, about a demon in human form (Robert Burke), who kills lonely people in ritualistic fashion. What I liked about this film more than anything,however, is the use of filming locations in Namibia. Namibia is a special place: one of the lowest population densities in the world, ancient deserts, well-run cities with a remarkably well-preserved Dutch/German colonial look, the second-largest canyon in the world, and magnificent landscapes. It is becoming an increasingly popular tourist attraction - make sure to go there if you plan on visiting Africa.


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