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Terror on the Beach (1973)

A family's outing turns out badly as they are terrorized by a gang of young thugs.

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Paul Wendkos

Writer:

Bill Svanoe
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Cast

Cast overview:
Dennis Weaver ... Neil Glynn
Estelle Parsons ... Arlene Glynn
Kristoffer Tabori ... Steve Glynn
Susan Dey ... DeeDee Glynn
Scott Hylands ... Jerry
Michael Christian ... David
Henry Olek ... Frank
Roberta Collins ... Gail
Jacqueline Giroux ... Mickey (as Jackie Giroux)
Betsy Slade ... Jenny
Carole White ... Helen (as Carol Ita White)
David Knapp David Knapp ... Ranger
Walter Beakel Walter Beakel ... Fisherman
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A family's outing turns out badly as they are terrorized by a gang of young thugs.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 September 1973 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Il camping della paura See more »

Filming Locations:

Pismo Beach, California, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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There is a clear change from exterior scenes shot on the beach to beach scenes shot in a studio. The lawn chairs on the beach are a light color. In the studio scenes, the lawn chairs are black. See more »

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Typical 70's Made-for-TV Swill
18 October 2004 | by lazarilloSee all my reviews

I remember this one from when it played on TV when I was about five, but I saw it again recently on the Fox Channel. Dennis Weaver is the main star playing basically the same role he played in "Duel"--a mild-mannered, middle-aged guy whose manhood is tested when he suddenly finds himself in an escalating, completely irrational conflict--except that instead of facing a psychotic truckdriver, Weaver this time is menaced by a bunch of annoying hippies. He also has his whole family with him, so the movie is also similar to both the earlier "Hot Rod to Hell" and the later "The Hills Have Eyes", except that instead of JD hotrodders or crazed cannibals the villains are, uh, a bunch of annoying hippies. And that's the problem. These guys are not exactly the Manson family--all they do is eat the family's food, shake their camper, make strange sound effects with stereo equipment, and do weird things with mannequins. Basically, they "freak the squares." But since the movie is told entirely from the point of view of the "squares" who are being "freaked", it's all ridiculously melodramatic and reactionary. There is no real violence and no sex (although it does feature a young Susan Dey in a bikini). Oh well, what do you expect from a crappy 70's TV movie?


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