Just Before Dawn

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"Will Anyone Survive Those Hours Just Before Dawn?"
  • R
  • 1980
  • 1 hr 30 min
  • 6.0  (7,059)

Just Before Dawn, released in 1981, is a horror film that follows a group of five friends who embark on a camping trip in the wilderness. The group consists of Warren (Gregg Henry), Jonathan (Chris Lemmon), Megan (Deborah Benson), Constance (Jamie Rose), and Daniel (Ralph Seymour). They decide to camp out in the remote mountains of Oregon, where they plan to hike, swim, and have a good time.

The group realizes they are being watched when they discover a decimated campsite with fresh blood, but they choose to ignore it and continue their journey deeper into the woods. They come across a ranger station where they meet Roy McLean (George Kennedy), a forest ranger who warns them about the dangers that lurk in the forest, but they brush off his warnings and continue on their way.

As night falls over the forest, the group sets up camp and begins to settle in, but they soon realize that they are not alone. They hear strange noises, and their belongings go missing. Nevertheless, they try to make the best of the situation and continue with their trip. As they hike deeper into the forest, they come across a deserted mining town, which gives them an eerie feeling.

The group soon realizes that they are being stalked by a mysterious killer who is hiding in the woods. They try their best to defend themselves, but the killer is always one step ahead of them. They are forced to fight for their lives as the killer picks them off one by one. Along the way, the group learns some dark secrets about the forest, and they begin to understand why the killer is so determined to exterminate them.

Just Before Dawn is a gruesome and suspenseful horror film that keeps audiences on the edge of their seats. The film is filled with jump scares, tense moments and has an incredible amount of gore. The practical effects are truly terrifying and hold up well even today. The film's picturesque setting adds to the eerie atmosphere and gives the viewer a sense of isolation that is hard to shake.

The acting in the film is top-notch, with George Kennedy giving a standout performance as the gruff ranger. The other actors do a good job of portraying their characters, and the viewer can easily identify with them, making their peril all the more horrifying. Their reactions to the gruesome murders and perilous situations are realistic and add to the tension of the film.

One of the elements that make Just Before Dawn stand out from other horror films of the time is that it doesn't rely on supernatural killers, instead relying on a realistic human killer who is capable of the atrocities they commit. It adds an extra layer of terror to the film, knowing that this could happen to anyone in a similar situation.

The film's climax is incredibly intense and exciting, with the group fighting for their lives against a killer who is both resourceful and relentless. The ending of the film is a true masterpiece of horror, leaving the viewer in a state of shock and awe.

In conclusion, Just Before Dawn is a classic horror film that is essential viewing for horror fans. The film has a bit of everything for horror lovers, including scares, gore, suspense, and tension. It is still a terrifyin film to watch years after its initial release, and it has held up well over time. The film's eerie setting, chilling score, and captivating characters make it one of the most unforgettable horror films of all time.

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    1 hr 30 min
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  • IMDB Rating
    6.0  (7,059)