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Nightmare at Noon

Nightmare at Noon (1988) Movie Poster
  •  USA / USA  •    •  96m  •    •  Directed by: Nico Mastorakis.  •  Starring: Wings Hauser, Bo Hopkins, George Kennedy, Kimberly Beck, Brion James, Kimberly Ross, Neal Wheeler, David Christiansen, Mark Haarman, Jean St. James, Tabi Cooper, Todd Collard, Larry Campbell.  •  Music by: Stanley Myers, Hans Zimmer.
       Scientists poison the water supply of a small town, turning the residents into homicidal maniacs who kill each other and anybody who passes through.

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Image from: Nightmare at Noon (1988)
Image from: Nightmare at Noon (1988)
Image from: Nightmare at Noon (1988)
Image from: Nightmare at Noon (1988)
Image from: Nightmare at Noon (1988)
Image from: Nightmare at Noon (1988)
Image from: Nightmare at Noon (1988)
Image from: Nightmare at Noon (1988)
Image from: Nightmare at Noon (1988)
Image from: Nightmare at Noon (1988)
Image from: Nightmare at Noon (1988)
Image from: Nightmare at Noon (1988)
Image from: Nightmare at Noon (1988)
Image from: Nightmare at Noon (1988)
Image from: Nightmare at Noon (1988)
B movie god Wings Hauser and the always amusing Bo Hopkins are the heroes in this follow-up, of sorts, to the 1984 infection-horror flick "Mutant" (a.k.a. "Night Shadows"). A creepy albino villain (the great screen heavy Brion James) is conducting an insidious experiment on a remote Southwestern town called Canyonlands, contaminating the water supply and turning the citizens into maniacs who attack others and spew green acid instead of blood. Wings is a big city entertainment lawyer who teams up with loner Bo, local sheriff George Kennedy, and Kennedy's hottie daughter deputy Kimberly Ross to save the day.

Co-written and directed by celebrated cult filmmaker Nico Mastorakis, "Nightmare at Noon" is less of an outright horror film than its predecessor, concentrating mainly on action. And it delivers action in spades: gunfire, explosions, human torches, vehicle stunts, you name it. Overall, it's pretty derivative, but it's also pretty damn entertaining for this sort of low budget fare. It's filmed using gorgeous Utah scenery, has some enjoyably nasty violence, and its story moves along more than adequately. Future "name" composer Hans Zimmer contributes to the score, along with Stanley Myers, and it's good stuff. The final helicopter chase does go on for an absurdly long time, though.

Wings plays a guy who is rather insufferable at first, but he becomes more engaging as he moves into heroic mode. Bo is as watchable as he's ever been. Ever-likable Kennedy, the adorable Ross, "Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter" final girl Kimberly Beck gets to chew up some scenery as Wings' victimized wife, and Neal Wheeler is a hoot as local old codger Charley, one of the first on-screen victims of the infection who goes psycho in a diner. James, who never has to utter a word, is a true sight to behold, especially when the albino and his henchmen go on horseback towards the end of the story.

A fun movie with a strong Western influence, "Nightmare at Noon" shows B flick enthusiasts a fairly rousing time.


Review by Scott LeBrun from the Internet Movie Database.