Sep 2, 2005

Just Before Dawn (1980)


It's about time. Media Blasters released Jeff Lieberman's cult slasher epic on DVD, and the transfer is light years ahead of those awful muddy VHS copies that have circulated for years. While there's little novelty in the plot (young people killed off in the forest by murderous mutants), this is heads and tails above all the dead teenager movies of its day with absorbing performances, especially by Deborah Benson (one of my favourite actresses of the period who never made it), a strong command of atmosphere, and a superb music score by Brad Fiedel. The DVD also comes with a second disk, with lots of interviews. As both of my ESR readers know, Jeff Lieberman is one of my unsung heroes, so now that this film has been properly released, an article is forthcoming.

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