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Just Before Dawn [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

George Kennedy , Mike Kellin , Jeff Lieberman    DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Actors: George Kennedy, Mike Kellin, Chris Lemmon, Gregg Henry, Deborah Benson
  • Directors: Jeff Lieberman
  • Writers: Jeff Lieberman, Jonas Middleton, Mark Arywitz
  • Producers: David Sheldon, Doro Vlado Hreljanovic, Jonas Middleton, V. Paul Hreljanovic
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Shriek Show
  • DVD Release Date: 26 July 2005
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009G3BW4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,933 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
The more I think about it, the more I like this movie. Substituting suspense for an excess of gore, Just Before Dawn is pretty successful at actually bringing you in to the story. In most horror films, I basically just sit back and look forward to the next death scene, hoping it will be as gruesome and as bloody as possible. I won't say I actually came to care about the designated victims in this film, but I wasn't hoping for their deaths. Maybe it's because, for one of the few times in horror film history, these young people didn't invite their deaths by doing incredibly stupid things. OK, I guess they did a few dumb things - but nothing of the "I'll be right back" variety. I also liked the casting of George Kennedy as the outside hero who might or might not ride in on his white horse to save the day. Most of all, though, I liked the ending.

I had my doubts early on. This isn't exactly the first time I've watched a group of young people head off on a camping trip into the unexplored wilderness. This particular group of three men and two women weren't exactly the sharpest knives in the drawer, either. When some crazy dude runs out of the woods hollering about a demon that just killed his nephew up the road, I'm turning around and going home - I don't care how liquored up the fellow is. If a George Kennedy-shaped forest ranger also warns me not to keep going, I'm definitely packing up the Vienna sausages and turning tail. (Personally, I would also have been a little nervous about the fact that the early scenes kept changing from night to day and back again every couple of minutes.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your average slasher film 4 Dec 2008
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Five friends go camping in the mountains, where one of them Warren(Greg Henry) has bought a plot of land. Ignoring the warnings of forest ranger Roy Mclean(George Kennedy)of the dangers involved, they carry on going unawares that theres a psychotic murderer hitching a ride on the back of their camper van. After setting up camp they start to hear noises in the bushes and soon they all find themselves in terrible danger. Meanwhile Mclean, hearing of a murderer in the vicinity sets off in pursuit of the imperilled campers.
This great little film has as much in common with The Hill Have Eyes, Rituals and their modern cousins such as Wrong Turn as it does with the prolific early 80's slasher output which it is often labelled as. Director Leiberman creates a very unsettling film through a mixture of carefully built up tension, some very eerie shots of the surrounding beautiful landscape and theres a very haunting musical score that compliments the film very well. Kennedy is excellent as the world weary Mclean, but the best performance comes from Deborah Benson as Connie who starts off quiet and reserved but due to the terrible situation she finds herself in turns to Lady Vengeance. The transformation is believable and the end result is just a little scary.
Theres also an ingenious twist halfway through the film which echoes a comment by one of the campers at the beginning of the film.
So an excellent little film, so much more than a generic slaher film, and fans of low budget 80's horror should lap it up. Full marks. 5 out of 5
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JUST BEFORE DAWN.:classic backwoods horror 11 Jun 2013
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Five twentysomethings go into the woods and encounter man mountain killer twins.

Just Before Dawn is a great 1980 backwoods horror film directed by Jeff Lieberman. He was never a prolific filmmaker, but from Squirm to Blue Sunshine, and even Satan's little Helper, packed all his work with interesting ideas and oddball touches. Just Before Dawn is one of his best. The atmosphere is eerie and still. It captures something quite primal about the unease nature can bring out in people. There are also some unexpected visuals. For example, a prelude to one of the kills involving, redhead, Jamie Rose seems to reference Millais' Ophelia. The final confrontation between Deborah Benson and one of the hulking killers is pretty unique.

The double disc region 1 Shriek Show release is in widescreen. It features the option of surround sound or the original mono soundtrack. Extras include a commentary track by Jeff Lieberman, stills and cast and crew interviews, The Picture quality is not great, but is more down to the film stock used than a poor transfer.

The much maligned region 2 Odeon disc is actually pretty interesting. I always thought it was just a bad VHS rip. However, it actually runs about nine minutes longer than the region 1 disc. The extended length of some scenes and lack of musical cues in fact suggest that it might have been sourced from an early rough cut of the film and not from the original US VHS release. So if you are a big fan and are tolerant of imperfections it's worth a look.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dawn of the Inbred! 23 Dec 2012
Some teens go camping in the woods only to fall victim to a fat, retarded loon with a penchant for hitting people with a machete and then accessorizing with their clothes... Will the teens all die horribley or will they escape with their body warmers intact?
Jeff Liebermann, who did a couple of quite well made horrors back in the day, directed this better than average slasher movie from the 80s. The Oregon scenery is both spectacular and atmospheric, with some quite lonely moments and it has a slightly less irritating cast than normal. The downsides being, its almost total lack of gore and nudity, given the subgenre it belongs to, which leaves it a little dull in places, instead, peppered with some awfully bad dancing in the woodland and brief skinny dipping to keep your interest! Kennedy is also under used and there's a drunk bloke that looks like Walter Matthau's uglier brother that shoulda got done in. Finally, the ending is good fun and has a quite unique murder..
I hadn't watched this for almost twenty years until now and back then it was an old precert vhs tape. As townies versus backwoods goes, ive seen much worse.
3.5/5 is probably a fair score for what it is (i rounded up to 4!) but gorehounds may want to stay clear and try something a little uglier like Mother's Day or Wrong Turn instead.
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3.0 out of 5 stars the trees have eyes?
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Published on 19 April 2010 by ciaran moore
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant backwoods slasher film.
If you like 80's slasher/horror films then you'll definitely going to love this. Director Jeff Lieberman who also made Squirm a ridiculous film about killer worms directs this much... Read more
Published on 8 Mar 2010 by Puzzle box
4.0 out of 5 stars A good little slashfest.
This relatively unknown slasher flick must have missed the radar as not many people remember it. I can honestly say this is one of my all time favourite horror films. Read more
Published on 4 Mar 2010 by Neil B
1.0 out of 5 stars dont waste your time
i love 80s style slasher movies so was pleased to find this had some good reviews, however the sound a picture quality are shockingly poor it looks like an old vhs tape ( on dvd... Read more
Published on 6 Aug 2008 by L. Brennan
1.0 out of 5 stars Very disappointing!
I was originally very optimistic about this film, sadly however is proved to be a poor quality film in every respect: terrible plot, no atmosphere, bad acting and completely void... Read more
Published on 13 Jan 2008 by Jennifer Mowbray
4.0 out of 5 stars A glint of genius
Apart from some slasher victim stupidity this rural gets revenge on the city flick is really quite good - considering no-budget an' all

Thoroughly enjoyed it. Read more
Published on 7 Dec 2007 by My taste is better
3.0 out of 5 stars One of the better attempts.
A nice underated little gem from the early eighties here,you could say a sort of hills have eyes/deliverance hybrid with the usual foolish young adults encountering a pair of... Read more
Published on 10 Oct 2007 by Lee
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