Just Before Dawn (Jeff Lieberman, 1981, USA)
Sunday 16th November at 5pm (18 cert)
The Sallis Benney Theatre (University of Brighton, Grand Parade Building)
During the 1970s, New York based Indie auteur Jeff Lieberman crafted a series of prolific nightmare narratives that combined grindhouse thrills with cutting edge social commentary. One his most celebrated cult titles remains the rarely seen backwoods epic Just Before Dawn. Released during at the height of the home video boom, the film attempts an indie redux of Deliverance (1972), while also providing a much needed feminist corrective to the stalk and slash craze popular during the period. Just Before Dawn deals with a group of young city dwellers who travel to the American countryside to inspect a property they have inherited. Ignoring warnings from the local forest ranger (George Kennedy), the teenagers are hunted by a grotesque backwoods killer intent on sadistic thrills. Boasting impressive cinematography and an unnerving score courtesy of composer Brad Fiedel, Just Before Dawn also features a strident performance by Deborah Benson as one of horror cinema’s most fearless final girls.
We are delighted that Cine-Excess VIII Guest of Honour Jeff Lieberman will be providing an introduction to Just Before Dawn directly before the Sallis Benney screening.
Screening of Just Before Dawn courtesy of Jeff Lieberman.