20th Anniversary DVD cover
|Directed by||Fred Olen Ray|
|Produced by||T.L. Lankford
(as The Eel)
|Screenplay by||Fred Olen Ray|
|Story by||T.L. Lankford
Fred Olen Ray
|Music by||Drew Neumann
|Cinematography||Larry Van Loon
|Edited by||John Barr|
|Distributed by||21st Century Film Corporation|
Six college archeology students work on a dig in the California desert, despite the warnings of a professor and the town drunk. When the group digs around in an Indian burial ground for artifacts, they unleash the evil spirit of Black Claw. The spirit possesses one of the group and begins slaughtering them one by one.
- Jo-Ann Robinson as D.J.
- Richard Hench as Randy/Black Claw
- Roger Maycock as Kershaw Ellerbe
- Frank McDonald as Ben Murphy
- Carol Sue Flockhart as Louise Landon
- Barbara Magnusson as Ellen Corman
- Kirk Alyn as Professor Machen
- Carroll Borland as Dr. Sharon Reynolds
- Cynthia Hartline as Ann
- Forrest J Ackerman as Professor Trentwood
The film was released in the U.S. on a double feature video format by Continental Video alongside another feature - The Slayer. It was cut by five minutes or so, in order to make room for the second feature, but all the gruesome scenes and violence are intact.
The film was loosely remade in 2004 as Blood Desert by Stegath Dorr.
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