Midnight Ride (film)

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Midnight Ride
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Somewhere round the next bend, lies the road to terror
Directed by Bob Bralver
Produced by Ovidio G. Assonitis
Written by Russell V. Manzatt/Bob Bralver (as Robert Bralver)
Starring Mark Hamill
Robert Mitchum
Michael Dudikoff
Music by Carlo Maria Cordio
Cinematography Roberto D'Ettorre Piazzoli
Edited by Claudio M. Cutry
Distributed by Cannon Pictures Inc./Cannon Film Distributors/Motion Picture Company of Australia Limited/Warner Home Video
Release dates
July 20, 1990
Running time
93 min
Country USA
Language English

Midnight Ride is a 1990 action/thriller (with slasher elements) film. It stars Mark Hamill, Michael Dudikoff, Savina Gersak, and Robert Mitchum in a cameo role (as a shrink who is the closest thing to a father figure the antagonist ever had). The film went out of its way to display some genuine sympathy towards the killer, Justin; it showed that his murder spree was often not well thought out and was more impulsive (he tended to violently attack those who hurt him physically/verbally).


After a heated argument with her military police turned cop husband, Lawson; Russian immigrant house wife, Lara storms off into the night convinced he's more married to his job than her. On her drive to a friend's house, she takes pity on a mournful hitchhiker Justin Mckay, desperately searching for a ride. Her offer of a lift to him plunges her into a night of pure terror as Justin is seriously disturbed, twisted by a tortured childhood which ended in being made to see his little sister's shocking murder and mutilation at the hands of his brutal alcoholic mother (who took a butcher knife to her head and used it like a comb) who systematically slays anyone who harms or offends him on a murderous impulse, as he captures their dying moments on his Polaroid camera. As Lawson struggles to follow Lara despite a leg in plaster, he is left for dead by our Justin, but recovers and now must search the steadily darkening roads for Lara, while her deeply troubled captor Justin continues his uncontrollable slaughter-spree, rampaging through the night leaving behind carnage and fiery devastation on his path of madness. As soon as Justin and Lara reach the hospital, Justin pretends Lara is paranoid and soon encounter Dr. Hardy, Justin's doctor who tried to help Justin when he first met him. While Lawson arrives at the hospital, Justin forces Dr. Hardy to give Lara the treatment of electric shocks. As much as Dr. Hardy tries to persuade Justin not to he ignores him and gives Lara electric shocks, thus trying to kill her. Lawson comes right out of a ventalation shaft into the room stopping Justin from his insane doing and pursues him down to the engineers room tackling Justin down and throwing him right into a current, electrifying him to death. Lawson and Lara in the end head to the elevator, which Lawson forgives Lara and says that she is more important than his work. Not realizing that Justin survived the incident and secretly dresses up as a patient and is in the elevator with them and grabs a knife to kill them both, but Lawson grabs his gun and shots him directly to the head leading him to his real death, thus ending the film.


Actor / Actress Character
Michael Dudikoff Lawson
Mark Hamill Justin Mckay
Savina Gersak Lara
Robert Mitchum Dr. Hardy
Timothy Brown Jordan
R.A. Rondell Officer Baker
Mark A. Pierce

(as Mark Pierce)

Bob Bralver Policeman
Michael Crabtree Policeman
Louis Schwiebert Policeman
Lezlie Deane Joan
Steve Ingrassia Man with Joan
Cynthia Szigeti Mrs. Egan
Dee Dee Rescher Receptionist
Pamela Ludwig Rental agent

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