Night Warning (1981) Online
Seventeen year old high school senior Billy Lynch was raised by his maternal aunt, Cheryl Roberts, with who he has lived since the age of three, when his parents died in a tragic accident. As never married Aunt Cheryl has not dated over that time, it has been only her and Billy in the big, old house next to the woods. Billy hopes to get a basketball scholarship to the University of Denver, where his girlfriend of one year, Julie Linden, will be attending. Aunt Cheryl, in her possessiveness of Billy, doesn't let Julie into the house and doesn't want Billy to go away to college. What those around her don't know is that Cheryl is deranged and will do whatever it takes to keep Billy all to herself. What Billy also does not know is that there is an unknown third in his and Aunt Cheryl's relationship, that third who is either the cause of or has exacerbated her derangement. Aunt Cheryl's actions lead to Billy being implicated in a murder, Billy's plea of innocence which is not helped by the...
|Cast overview, first billed only:|
|Jimmy McNichol||-||Billy Lynch|
|Susan Tyrrell||-||Cheryl Roberts|
|Bo Svenson||-||Detective Joe Carlson|
|Julia Duffy||-||Julie Linden|
|Britt Leach||-||Sergeant Cook|
|Steve Eastin||-||Tom Landers|
|Caskey Swaim||-||Phil Brody|
|Bill Paxton||-||Eddie (as William Paxton)|
|Kay Kimler||-||Anna Lynch|
|Gary Baxley||-||Bill Lynch, Sr.|
|Vickie Oleson||-||Lady Police Officer|
|Clemente Anchondo||-||Jail Arrestee|
|Alex Baker||-||Police Officer Westcott|
Though no one involved in the film's creative process has ever given an on-record interview about the genesis for the movie, it apparently began as a novel. A book released around the same time as the movie under the title "Butcher Baker Nightmare Maker" is far more complex than a simple novelization. It includes vivid physical descriptions of the characters that often differ greatly from the actors' onscreen appearance, as well as in-depth backstories for several characters, including secondary characters who receive little screen time. The book also leaves it a mystery until far later in the narrative as to what happened to Billy's parents, and also continues on past the movie's ending, wrapping up the stories of several characters whose fates are not addressed in the film's epilogue.
Nominated for a Saturn Award for the Best Horror Movie of 1982 by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror.
Jan de Bont worked as cinematographer on this film for one week - he shot the decapitation-scene.
Daryl Hannah and Ally Sheedy both auditioned for the role of Julie.
The role of Cheryl Roberts was written for Patty Duke.
The film (under the title "Nightmare Maker") was one of the original UK video nasties on the DPP 72 list. It was later submitted for a UK video certificate (as "The Evil Protege") in 1987 but was rejected by the BBFC.
The film's French title, 'À la limite du cauchemar', translates to 'On the Verge of the Nightmare'.
Despite playing a high school age couple, Julia Duffy was about ten years older than Jimmy McNichol. Duffy was approximately 30 years old at the time of filming.