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Dust Devil

Murder and mysticism merge effortlessly against the overwhelming backdrop of the Namibian desert in Richard Stanley’s second film.

Namibia. A young woman is on the run from her husband when she picks up a hitchhiker in the desert. Not just any lost wanderer, but the Dust Devil, a serial-killing demon. Meanwhile, a policeman follows the trail of victims he left behind. But how do you stop a killer of supernatural origin? Murder and mysticism merge effortlessly against the overwhelming backdrop of the Namibian desert.

With Dust Devil, Stanley, himself born in South-Africa, more or less returns to his roots. He clearly feels at home in a world where the occult is never far away, and neither is danger. The political situation – South Africa had only just gotten rid of the Apartheid system – also filters through at times. Stanley combines his fascination for local myths and rituals with a visual opulence partly derived from the great European examples, with Sergio Leone, the master of the Italian western, leading the way. The Dust Devil, Stanley’s version of Leone’s Man with No Name, is the ultimate bogeyman in a hallucinatory horror film.

Info

Type Feature Film
Director Richard Stanley
Country Zuid-Afrika
Year 1992
Duration 87 min
Spoken languages English
Cast Robert John Burke, Chelsea Field, Zakes Mokae

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