Night Warning

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Night Warning
Butcher Baker Nightmare Maker.jpg
Night Warning (1982) released as Butcher Baker Nightmare Maker
Directed by William Asher
Produced by Richard Carrothers
Dennis Hennessy
Stephen Breimer
Written by Stephen Breimer
Boon Collins
Alan Jay Glueckman
Starring Jimmy McNichol
Susan Tyrrell
Bo Svenson
Marcia Lewis
Music by Bruce Langhorne
Cinematography Robbie Greenberg
Edited by Ted Nicolaou
Distributed by Comworld Pictures
Release dates
  • 1982 (1982)
Running time
96 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Night Warning (originally titled Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker) is a 1982 exploitation horror film directed by William Asher; it was nominated for a Saturn Award for the Best Horror Movie of 1982 by the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror. Its subject matter deals with homophobia, incest, in a classic Oedipus tale.


The movie tells of bigoted police detective (Bo Svenson) Joe Carlson, whose homophobia leads him to try to frame high school basketball player Billy Lynch (Jimmy McNichol) for the murder of a television repairman when he becomes convinced that the killing was the result of a homosexual love triangle. Unbeknownst to the detective, Billy's aunt Cheryl (Susan Tyrrell) is the real killer; having harbored incestuous fantasies towards Billy for years, his impending graduation has caused long dormant homicidal urges to resurface. Joe's continued plaguing of Billy causes Cheryl to become progressively more unstable, ultimately jeopardizing the lives of everyone around her.


  • Susan Tyrrell as Cheryl Roberts (Aunt Cheryl Lynch)
  • Bo Svenson as Detective Joe Carlson
  • Jimmy McNichol as Billy Lynch
  • Bill Paxton (as William Paxton) as Eddie
  • Marcia Lewis as Margie
  • Julia Duffy as Julia
  • Steve Eastin as Coach Tom Landers
  • Britt Leach as Sgt. Cook
  • Caskey Swaim as Phil Brody
  • Cooper Neal as Frank
  • Gary Baxley as Craig Strang/Bill Lynch Sr.
  • Kay Kimler as Anna Lynch
  • Randy Norton as Student Tony
  • Alex Baker as Police Officer Westcott
  • Vickie Oleson as Lady Police Officer
  • Clemente Anchondo as Jail Arrestee
  • Kelly Kopp as Student
  • Steve DeFrance as Lab Man
  • Bill Keene as Radio Announcer

Also known as[edit]

  • Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker
  • Momma's Boy
  • Nightmare Maker
  • Thrilled to Death
  • The Evil Protege (UK)

Critical reception[edit]

Allmovie gave the film a favorable review, labeling it "an especially unique entry into the slasher film cycle in the 1980s".[1]


  1. ^ Donald Guarisco. "Night Warning (1982)". Allmovie. Retrieved 18 June 2012. 

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