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A slasher in the “Death Valley” is a great idea. The
desert, death, some echoes of the old and Wild West. An American family
torn to pieces, in honour of iconoclasm. It is also directed by Dick
Richards, producer of "Tootsie" as well as director of "Farewell, my
lovely", "March or Die" and "The Culpepper Cattle Co.", films awarded
and appreciated by critics and the public.
A couple of tits in the first murder make us think about a good movie.
Unfortunately, however, "Death Valley" does not keep the promises
becoming slowly a boring slasher, with shades of romantic film.
Something perhaps we had to guess in what, is a long and useless intro.
Bill, played by Peter Billingsley, an enfant prodige already very well
known at the time that was not lost but became a popular film producer,
goes around the city with his father played by Edward Herrmann another
well-known face of cinema and TV . At the end of their tour, the man
reveals to the child that his mother (Catherine Hicks) will take him on
vacation in Death Valley in the company of his new partner, Mike
(played by Paul Le Mat, winner of two Golden Globes and know for the
role of John in "American Graffiti ").
From here the scene moves to Death Valley, with Bill who dislikes Mike
and tries to complicate the holiday. In reality, he succeeds,
involuntarily, because he sees a car a bit 'strange that is that of the
murderer that begins his long slaughter. Bill is the only witness and
is the main goal of the psychopath.
The manhunt (childhunt to be better) and the murders arrive slowly and
are not at all surprising or scary. The blood that circulates is not
very credible and the choice to underline the topical moments with the
music does not help the surprise.
"Death Valley" is a film that is missing something and is certainly not
a quality cast but that is that mixture of legend/mystery of the place
of the title.