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 dates
USA March 26, 2006
Japan March 31, 2004
Running time
76 min
Language English

Kill the Moonlight, completed in 1994, is an American independent film by Steve Hanft. It was not officially released until much later.

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". Hanft and Beck had been friends and played in bands together prior, with Hanft later directing the music video for "Loser" as well as other Beck songs.

Kill the Moonlight had its premiere in 1998 at Laemmle's Sunset 5 theatre in West Hollywood where Beck played an impromptu set in the movie theatre. It was not released domestically officially until 2006.


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 Camaro and follow his dreams of championship glory. Director Steven Hanft captures the West Coast slacker vibe with laconic pacing, bizarre humor and a stock-car-racing hero.


Written and Directed by

Cast (in alphabetical order)

Produced by

  • Steve Hanft

Cinematography by

  • Steve Hanft

Film Editing by

  • Steve Hanft


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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