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JUST BEFORE DAWN (1981) – Episode 258 – Decades of Horror 1980s

“You keep breeding in the same family long enough, something’s bound to snap.” Oh, snap! Join your faithful Grue Crew – Crystal Cleveland, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr – as they go to Oregon for the little-known slasher Just Before Dawn (1981) from Jeff Lieberman.

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 258 – Just Before Dawn (1981)

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Five young people venture into the backwoods of Oregon to claim a property, and find themselves being stalked by a hulking, machete-wielding psychopath.

Just Before Dawn (1981) – directed by Jeff Lieberman (Squirm, 1977; Blue Sunshine, 1977; Satan’s Little Helper, 1995) and starring George Kennedy, Deborah Benson, Chris Lemmon, and Gregg Henry – features yet another hulking, machete-wielding psychopath jumping onto the big screen to slice and dice their way through a group of hikers in the wild woods of Oregon, USA. Is it an underappreciated gem or deserving of its status as a “lesser known” in the 80s slasher canon? The Grue Crew has something to say on that subject.

At the time of this writing, Just Before Dawn is available to stream from Wicked Horror TV.

Every two weeks, Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s podcast will cover another horror film from the 1980s. The next episode’s film, chosen by Bill, will be Santa Sangre (1989), by director Alejandro Jodorowsky and producer Claudio Argento. As the tagline proclaims, forget everything you have ever seen!

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Jeff Mohr
Jeff lives smack dab in the middle of the cornfields of Iowa and is a long-time horror fan. His first remembered encounters with the genre were The Wizard of Oz, Tarzan gorilla chases, and watching the first broadcast of The Twilight Zone episode, "An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge." While he now qualifies as an old fart, he strives to be an Old Boy. Paraphrasing Robert Bloch, he has the heart of a small boy. He keeps it in a jar on his desk. Jeff has written for and SQ Horror Magazine. He currently writes for Gruesome Magazine and is a co-host of the Decades of Horror podcasts - The Classic Era, 1970s, and 1980s - and the Gruesome Magazine Podcast.