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Curse of the Forty-Niner (2002)

R | | Horror | October 2002 (USA)
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A group of friends discover gold deep inside an old mine. But by taking the gold and think they've hit it big, they awaken a long dead miner who's Hell Bent on protecting his treasure.


John Carl Buechler


Antonio Olivas (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Karen Black ... Aunt Nelly
John Phillip Law ... Sheriff Murphy
Richard Lynch ... Old Man Prichard
Vernon Wells ... Jeremiah Stone
Martin Kove ... Caleb
Jeff Conaway ... Reverend Sutter
Brad H. Arden Brad H. Arden ... Forty-Niner
Sean Hines Sean Hines ... Nick Berman
Carrie Bradac Carrie Bradac ... Claire Berman
Stephen Wastell ... Axl (as Steve Wastell)
Sangie Sangie ... Tori
Rick Majeske Rick Majeske ... Hayden (as Rich Majeske)
Elina Madison ... Rox Ann
Alexandra Ford ... Eve
Shadrach Smith Shadrach Smith ... Jared


A group of friends discover gold deep inside an old mine. But by taking the gold and think they've hit it big, they awaken a long dead miner who's Hell Bent on protecting his treasure.

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Rated R for horror violence, sexuality and language | See all certifications »

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October 2002 (USA) See more »

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Curse of the 49er See more »

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After Haydn's car explodes the Miner turns around to chase the other three, Axel, Nick, and Clare. When they turn to run, the cameraman's complete shadow can be seen on the ground to the screen right of Clare. See more »


References Deliverance (1972) See more »

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Miner's Massacre
2 March 2017 | by dukeakasmudgeSee all my reviews

I'll never forget the day I walked into Hollywood Video, looking for something to rent & I came across this movie when it 1st came out in the New Release section & I got the last copy.It was known as Miner's Massacre then, not Curse Of The Forty-Niner.Who came up with that stupid name? It sounds like something off Scooby Doo.Miner's Massacre sounds so much better.Anywayz..... I couldn't wait to get home & pop it in the DVD player.After watching it at the time I remember enjoying every moment of it.Watching it now, it's not as good as I remembered.I wonder what was it that I enjoyed so much about it?! There were times where I tried hard not to laugh & times where I just couldn't help myself that it felt like a comedy movie & not a horror flick.There were times where I was just bored.Most of the time I just wondered why did I enjoy it so much the very 1st time I watched it.Miner's Massacre (I refuse to call it Curse Of The Forty-Niner) is worth watching at least once especially if you LOVE BAD movies as much as I do or you're looking for a late night horror flick, a cheezy late night horror flick

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