Kill the Moonlight (film)

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Kill the Moonlight
Directed by Steve Hanft
Produced by Steve Hanft
Written by Steve Hanft
Starring Thomas Hendrix
Ross Harris
Cinematography Steve Hanft
Edited by Steve Hanft
Distributed by Plexifilm
Release date
  • 1995 (1995)
Running time
76 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Kill the Moonlight, completed in 1992, is an American independent film by Steve Hanft.

Filmmaker and video director Steve Hanft's first independent feature film, started when he was enrolled in CalArts in the early '90s.

The film is sampled in Beck's song "Loser". In fact, the lyrics for Beck's "Loser" are about Hanft's film, Kill the Moonlight. Hanft first met Beck when he asked Beck to write some songs for the film. They went on to become friends and played in bands together, with Hanft later directing the music video for "Loser" as well as many other Beck songs.

Kill the Moonlight had its premiere in 1995 at Laemmle's Sunset 5 theatre in West Hollywood where Beck played an acoustic set in the movie theatre.


A twisted mid-'90s comedy disguised as a 1970s drive-in film, Kill the Moonlight is the story of Chance, a fish hatchery worker, toxic waste cleaner and aspiring race car driver, whose goal in life is to fix up his stock car and follow his dreams of speedway glory. Director Steven Hanft captures the surreal life of a loser stock car racer, Chance, with laconic pacing, and bizarre humor.



First issued by Sympathy for the Record Industry in 1997, the out of print soundtrack to Kill The Moonlight was reissued with the Plexifilm DVD release, this time including tracks from Beck and Steve Hanft's band Loser.

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