The Shadow of Chikara

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The Shadow of Chikara
Directed by Earl E. Smith
Produced by Earl E. Smith
Barbara Pryor
Screenplay by Earl E. Smith
Starring Betty Bronson
Ford Sterling
Louise Dresser
Lawrence Gray
Henry B. Walthall
Raymond Hitchcock
Stuart Holmes
Slim Pickens
Music by Jaime Mendoza-Nava
Cinematography James W. Roberson
Edited by Tom Boutross
Farwinds Productions
Distributed by Howco International Pictures
Release date
  • July 15, 1977 (1977-07-15)
Running time
114 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Shadow of Chikara (also known as The Curse of Demon Mountain) is a 1977 American western horror film written and directed by Earl E. Smith. The film stars Joe Don Baker, Sondra Locke, Ted Neeley, Dennis Fimple, John Davis Chandler, Linda Dano and Slim Pickens. It was released on July 15, 1977, by Howco International Pictures.[1][2]

Producer Barbara Pryor was at the time the First Lady of Arkansas, having been separated from her husband, Governor David Pryor since November 1975, after having had a mental breakdown from the stress of being a politician's wife. She had previously worked as script supervisor on The Town That Dreaded Sundown. Barbara and David would later reconcile in early 1977.[3]


Confederate veterans of the last battle of the Civil War set out to find a hidden treasure: diamonds hidden in a cave. However, the soldiers find they are being followed by a mysterious hunter (or hunters) who may have a connection to a mythic eagle spirit.



Home media[edit]

The film was released on [[DVD] by Mill Creek Entertainment on July 5, 2005. It was later released by Dead Of Night on February 20, 2006. It was re-released by Mill Creek on September 12th, that same year. In 2015, it was released by Movies Unlimited and Willette Acquisition Corp. on July 10th, and 20th respectively.[4]


  1. ^ "The Shadow of Chikara". Internet archive. Retrieved 8 February 2015. 
  2. ^ "The Shadow of Chikara film review". Retrieved 8 February 2015. 
  3. ^ Mann, Judy (1979-03-16). "Barbara Pryor Is Back As a Complete Person". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2018-04-06. 
  4. ^ "Shadow of Chikara (1977) - Earl E. Smith". AllMovie. Retrieved 20 June 2018. 

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