Just Before Dawn

Synopsis: Five campers arrive in the mountains to examine some property they have bought, but are warned by the forest ranger Roy McLean that a huge machete-wielding maniac has been terrorising the area. Ignoring the warnings, they set up camp, and start disappearing one by one. If that sounds too run-of-the-mill, there's a genuinely shocking plot twist half-way through...
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Director(s): Jeff Lieberman
Production: Picturemedia Ltd.
90 min

Oh Lord, I wanna thank you for making me

such a damn good shot.

Leave me be will you Uncle Ty.

Now that buck would still be bleeding

if I didn't grab your

rifle and finish him off.

- Now don't you go

belittling your minister.

Lord, Lord they have all

deserted your old church but I,

am bringing back the holy spirits.

- Can't really blame

you for getting a little shaky

from all that blood though.

Hey ask the Lord above

if he minds us taking

a little souvenir.



Ah it's getting light already.

Vachel, something is up there.

Amen Uncle Ty, amen.

You got a beat on

another 12 part Uncle Ty?

This thing's really out here for keeps.

I know Barbara would

go nuts over it though.

She don't mind me going hunting

as long as I bring her something back.

Vachel you didn't pull the brake.





J1 Once had a love and it was a gas

J1 Soon turned out had a heart of glass

J1 Seemed like the real thing only to find

J1 Mutual mistrust loves gone behind

J1 Once had a love

More Gemini.

Wonder why there's so

many twins around here?

Maybe something in the water.

- Or something to do with

making out with your sister.

Where we're going is no

summer camp, take a look.

- Have we ever gone up

anything quite this high?

I don't think so baby.

Woo would you look at that.

4000 feet of granite, water and wood.

You know in climbing the idea is to become

part of the mountain.

Try and find its soul.

' Stop!

- Jesus Christ, Warren didn't

you see the poor thing?

No I didn't see it, it just, I-

Maybe it's still alive.

I'll get out and take a look.

Ah sit tight, I'll do it.

Oh it must've been a

pretty tough little buck.

Took right off.

You saw him run away?

As good as new.

Hey Warren.


Maybe we could make some more noise

so the deers know we're coming, uh?

Come on and have a God damn outing here.

God damn outing!

- See one of the most

critical things in eye surgery

is to avoid shock.

Shock can upset nature's delicate balance

and ruin everything that

you're trying to do.

But in your case my dear Lucille,

your respiration is normal.

I'll be right back,

you stay right there.


Quiet up!

I got a good mind to

whup you till Tuesday.

What is the matter with you?

Don't you realize I'm involved

in delicate surgery in there.

You are out here fussing and-

Shut that thing off

you're scaring my plants

and my horse to boot.

. Sorry-

Ah that's better.

I guess you're looking to

find your way out of here.

No sir we're doing just fine.

We're going up the mountain

to do some camping.

Only a fool would do that.

We got five of them in here.

But there's no campsite up there,

especially with ladies along.

Oh we don't have to worry

with the big strong forest

ranger to protect us do we.


Well I can't let you go up there.

Sir, hold on, hold on a second.

See the boy here's a land

bearer and we're going up

to look over the back 40.

That deed don't mean nothing.

That mountain can't read.

Any of you done any

serious climbing before?

Yeah, 10 years, it's okay.

I'll steer them away from the poison ivy.


It ain't just poison ivy

I'm talking about son.

At least tell me where you're going

so that when you don't come back

I'll know how to fill out the report.


I ain'tjust singing a tune.

I warned you and I ain't coming after you.

You hear me?

- What's with Silverlake,

that's not on the property.

- I know what do you want,

Smoky the Bear coming around

showing us how to pee out our camp fires?

Warren stop a second.

Hawkeye, spot another deer?

I don't know.

What is it?

I don't know.

Hey Daniel, what's happening?

Ssh shh.


I saw somebody.


Yeah somebody over there.

Just as we passed that tree.

- No maybe it was

a bear or something,

maybe it was bigfoot.

Could've been.

I saw somebody I swear,

just as we went past there.

Well where is he Danny?

I don't know.

- So what was

it an animal or what?

Ssh quiet.

Daniel what do you see?


What is it?

I don't know.


Let go.

Take it easy man, what happened?

Help me.

My nephew's still up there.

I couldn't save.

It's trying to get me too.

What is trying to get you man?

Come on, I can't read your mind.


The mountain.

Get it away from me.

Get what away from you?


You've got to take me with you.

Can we take him with us?

Oh ah, look look

mister, I'm sorry but we're on the way up.

- You've got to-

- No no we're.

Look just calm down okay, huh.

What do you think?

I think he's totally sauced.

I agree I agree what are we gonna do?

We can't take him back down

we gotta pitch camp before

dark or we don't make it.

Okay let's go.

- If he just sticks to

the road he'll be fine.

Connie come here.

I'm sorry.

- Look just stay on the

road, you'll be all right.

I won't be all right.


You can't leave me out

here with that thing.


Would you let me in please?

Thing's gonna kill me.


You wanna take him with us?

- We can't just leave

him here, he'll starve.

He won't starve.

He might die, but he won't starve.

Stop will you!


You gotta stop.

- Reminds me of the time I

downed five vodka martinis.

Talk about demons.

- Sure looks like he's

being chased by demons.

Hey come on I need that to drive.

Why there's no traffic up here?

No people either.

Who'd you expect to run into up there?

Oh I don't know, maybe some demons.

I hear some of them are kinda cute.


You okay?

Yeah I'm fine.

What was that?

That's it folks, end of the line.

We should be on the property

but we're gonna have to

hoof it from here.

Here Megan.

Oh thank you.

Here we go.



That's mine.

Can't carry all this stuff,

we'll have to come back for some of it.

Forget my sunglasses.

Hurry up.

There's some big falls.

Should be about a mile from here.

Get your cameras ready.

You don't own something like this man

you just bow down to it.

My God, that is incredible.

Yeah, this is perfect.

This is the place huh?

. Yep-

Jonathan and I'll go back

for the rest of the stuff.

- We expect a nice warm

camp fire when we get back.

We'll work on it.

You can set up the tents huh?

No problem, where are they?

Right over here.

- Hey do you think you can

make it back before dark?

- Might have to carry the

cub scout there on my back

but we'll make it.

Just put 'em right there.


- Give Daniel a hand with

the tents, all right.

Hey Warren.


Do you think you should go back

and tell that forest

ranger where we'll be?

Yeah it was a stupid thing to do.

We'll it's getting too late to do it now.


. HEY-

Nothing out there but

God's little creatures.

More scared of you than you are of them.

I know, I know.

But this time it's different.

What is?

I don't know.

- We just got off

to a bad start, that's all.

Yeah we sure did.

- Save the loving for the

moonlight, and let's go.

- Jonathan will

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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