Mike Cartel, USA, 1982, Vinegar Syndrome, Horror

“By turns entirely inept, genuinely unsettling and intentionally cornball funny, sometimes even from one shot to the next. It's punctuated by some of the most outright irresponsible stunt work I've ever seen. I swear to God the director (wearing a bulletproof vest) takes an actual shotgun blast to the chest at one point. See this.” -- Matt Lynch, Letterboxd

After discovering a woman buried alive, two Death Valley worm farmers are kidnapped by an all-female cult of gun runners who, after making the men their sex slaves, force them to assist in a plan to steal a suitcase full of platinum from the mafia. Combining black comedy with elements of horror, action, thriller and surrealist cinema, director/writer/producer/editor/star Mike Cartel’s RUNAWAY NIGHTMARE stands as one of the most fiercely unique works of outsider/cult cinema from the 1980s.

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  • 94 min.
  • Color
  • 1.85:1


  • 4K DCP