Dust Devil (1992) Movie Review

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Dust Devil (1992)

1992 | R | Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Western
87 minutes / 1h 27min

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Dust Devil Plot Synopsis:

A shape shifter (Burke) comes from the desert in search of victims, a spirit the locals call "The Dust Devil". He prays on the lonely and the unloved, those who have already lost everything but life itself. Wendy (Field) has broken up with her husband and wanders aimlessly in her car. She picks up a stranger and begins having misgivings about picking him up when strange things begin to occur. Meanwhile a local police officer (Mokae) tracks the killer. Aided by a shaman's admonishments about witchcraft he sets off to try and stop the beast before it can complete its grisly task.

Dust Devil (1992) Review

Dust Devil (1992) is a would-be great movie but fell short somewhere. I really liked the buildup and the underlying lore behind the dust devil but something was way off. I think the editing must have thrown off the movie.

The flaws stand out in the cut threatrical version but the special directors cut (Richard Stanley - Dust Devil: The Final Cut) 107-minute version of the movie makes the shaman and cop characters deeper and more interesting.

This young woman (Chelsea Field) runs away from her abusive husband and find a mysterious hitch-hiker later known as the Dust Devil (Robert John Burke). The Dust Devils slaughters people in an old ritual magic way. The Dust Devil is actually loosely based on the Nhadiep, a Namibian mythical serial killer.

The actors (Robert John Burke, Zakes Mokae (cop) and Chelsea Field) gave a great performance and Zakes Mokae’s character shines in the Dust Devil: The Final Cut. The sound department really dropped the ball with some really horrible dubbing at times.

Not one of the best horror movies but one every horror fan should watch in their lifetime, make sure it is the Dust Devil: The Final Cut version.

  • Dust Devil Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 5.44
  • IMDB: 6.3
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 2.9

About Dust Devil 1992

Title: Dust Devil
Year: 1992
Runtime: 87 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery, Western
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.72/5 stars from 3,965 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 3,965
MPAA Rating: R
Dust Devil Cast Starring: William Hootkins, Richard Stanley, Zakes Mokae, Robert John Burke, Terry Norton, Chelsea Field, Crystal Dobson, Mickey Wenk, Stephanus Titus, Philip Notununu, Andre-Jacques Van der Merwe, Stephen Earnhart, Marietjie Vaughn, Ursula Peveling, John Matshikiza, Erle Vaughan, Rufus Swart, Jaco Espach, Russell Copley, Isaac Mavimbela, Andre Odendaal, Phillip Henn, Luke Cornell, A.J. van der Merwe, Philip Henn, Marianne S├Ągebrecht, Robert Stevenson, Peter Hallr, Marianne Sägebrecht
Dust Devil Writers: NA
Dust Devil Director: Richard Stanley
Production: Miramax
Country: South Africa, UK