Runaway Nightmare (1982)

  • Comedy, Horror
  • 1h 34m

After discovering a woman buried alive, two Death Valley worm farmers are kidnapped by an all-female cult of gun runners who, after making the men into their sex slaves, force them to assist in a plan to steal a suitcase full of platinum from the mafia.

Combining black comedy with elements of horror, action, thriller, and surrealist cinema, director/writer/producer/editor/star Mike Cartel’s (PETS, BITTER HERITAGE) RUNAWAY NIGHTMARE stands as one of the most fiercely unique works of outsider/cult cinema to emerge from the 1970s and 80s. Also featuring a co-starring performance from Georgia Durante, author of THE COMPANY SHE KEEPS and crewed by Rowdy Herrington (director of ROAD HOUSE) and Daryn Okada (cinematographer of MEAN GIRLS).

“I might best describe it as an S&M western co-directed by Doris Wishman and Rainer Werner Fassbinder filtered through the minds of the Manson family as their brains bake under the heat of the desert sun.” — Thomas Duke, Cinema Gonzo


Mike Cartel




United States


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