Deadbeat at Dawn

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Deadbeat at Dawn
Directed by Jim Van Bebber
Produced by Jim Van Bebber
Written by Jim Van Bebber
Starring Jim Van Bebber
Paul Harper
Megan Murphy
Marc Pitman
Music by Ned Folkerth
Mike Pierry
Distributed by Synapse Films
Release date
  • 1988 (1988)
Running time
80 min.
Country United States
Language English

Deadbeat at Dawn is a low-budget film written and directed by Jim Van Bebber and starring Paul Harper, Megan Murphy, and Marc Pitman. The film depicts a street gang leader setting out for revenge against a rival street gang.


The main character is Goose (Van Bebber). Goose is leader of "The Ravens", a street gang located in Dayton, Ohio. The Ravens have an ongoing feud with "The Spiders", led by the sadistic goon, Danny (Harper). Goose loves the criminal life, but when his girlfriend Christie (Murphy) threatens to leave him, he quits the Ravens. First, he goes on one last drug deal to get money to fund a new life with Christie. While he is gone, two Spiders break into Goose's apartment, killing Christie in the process. When Goose finds her body, he feeds her corpse to a trash compactor and then moves in with his Vietnam Veteran junkie father. He then gets drunk at a bar. Later on there is a final showdown with the Spiders.


  • Jim Van Bebber as Goose: Leader of the Ravens and Christie's boyfriend.
  • Paul Harper as Danny: Leader of the Spiders. He is an abusive and misogynistic thug.
  • Megan Murphy as Christie: Goose's girlfriend. She is into mysticism.
    She threatens to leave Goose if he doesn't quit the Ravens.
  • Marc Pitman as Bonecrusher: A member of the Spiders. He is a psychotic man, full of uncontrollable rage.
  • Ric Walker as Keith: The Raven second-in-command, he takes over as leader when Goose quits.

In popular culture[edit]

Goregrind band Impetigo (band) samples this movie on their album Horror of the Zombies.

Fastcore band Rupture samples it as well on their album "Lust And Hate".

The synthwave band Street Cleaner uses a sample of dialogue from Bonecrusher (a character in the film) on their song, "Bonecrusher."

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