Death Valley (1982 film)

Death Valley is a 1982 American slasher film starring Paul Le Mat, Catherine Hicks, Stephen McHattie, Wilford Brimley, Peter Billingsley and Edward Herrmann.[1] It was directed by Dick Richards and written by Richard Rothstein. It centered on a divorcee and her child being stalked by a serial killer after the boy picks up an object that can help tie the killer to his crimes.

Death Valley
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byDick Richards
Produced byStanley Mark
Stanley Beck
Elliott Kastner
Ariel Levy
Written byRichard Rothstein
StarringPaul Le Mat
Catherine Hicks
Stephen McHattie
Wilford Brimley
Peter Billingsley
Edward Herrmann
Music byDana Kaproff
CinematographyStephen H. Burum
Edited byJoel Cox
Cinema VII
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • January 22, 1982 (1982-01-22) (U.S.)
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited States


Paul Stanton has talked his son Billy into being sent to California to join his mother, Sally, and her old high school sweetheart (and current new boyfriend) Mike who are going into Arizona. Passing through Death Valley, they discover it is the new territory of a cowboy serial killer (who wearing a hat and a neckerchief to hide his identity) and his equally demented twin. Both have just done away with a teenage couple at an abandoned gold mine. Billy, stretching his legs, stumbles across their camper. Somehow overlooking the carnage, he comes across a frog pendant, which he steals. Its owner returns to find his trinket gone and pursues.


  • Paul Le Mat as Mike
  • Catherine Hicks as Sally
  • Stephen McHattie as Hal
  • Wilford Brimley as Sheriff (as A. Wilford Brimley)
  • Peter Billingsley as Billy
  • Edward Herrmann as Paul Stanton
  • Jack O'Leary as Earl
  • Mary Steelsmith as Baby Sitter
  • Gina Christian as R.V. Girl
  • Kirk Koskella as R.V. Boy (as Kirk I. Kiskella)
  • Frank J. Cimorelli as R.V. Boy
  • Arnold C. Waterman as On Looker
  • Fred W.S. Newton as Outlaw
  • J.P.S. Brown as Western Sheriff
  • Roy Gunsberg as Tour Guide (as Roy S. Gunsburg)
  • Merritt Holloway as Motel Clerk
  • Glenn McCreedy as Stu
  • Earl W. Smith as Crony
  • Allan Wood as Crony

Home mediaEdit

On December 11, 2012, Shout! Factory released a retail Blu-ray/DVD combo pack of the film.[2]


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