Don’t Go Near the Park (1981)

USA, 1981
80m
35mm film, colour, 1.85:1
mono, English

An American horror film, directed by Lawrence D. Foldes and briefly banned in the UK as a “video nasty”.

Plot Summary

12,000 years ago, two members of a tribe engage in ritual cannibalism of children in order to achieve eternal youth. Caught by the tribal leader, they are cursed to spend eternity as old people. In early 80s Los Angeles, they plan to restore their youth by sacrificing a 16 year old female virgin.

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Lawrence D. Foldes
© MCMLXXIX [1979] [no company given]
A Star Cinema production [opening titles] Star Cinema Productions [closing titles]. A Lawrence D. Foldes film
Executive Producer: George Foldes
Produced by: Lawrence D. Foldes
Screenplay by: Linwood Chase and Lawrence D. Foldes
Original Story [“Sanctuary for Evil”] by: Linwood Chase
Director of Photography: William DeDiego
Editor: Dan Perry
Music: Chris Ledesma
Sound: Robert Verington, Anthony Salinas
Makeup: Cambra Foldes
Special Effects Makeup – Design and Creation: Douglas White, Donald Angier
Special Effects and Demolition: Harry Woolman
Special Visual Effects: Marcas Morales
Art Director: Robert Burns
Filmed on location [Bronson Caves, Bronson Canyon, Griffith Park, Los Angeles, California, USA] and at Gabor Lovy Studios

Cast
Aldo Ray (Taft)
Meeno Peluce (Nick)
Tamara Taylor (Bondi)
Barbara Monker
Crackers Phinn (Mark/Gar)
Linnea Quigley (Bondi’s mother)
Chris Riley (cowboy)
Lara Morann (Bondi at 8 years)
Earl Statler (Griffith)
Cambra Foldes (Patty’s victim)
K.L. Garber (Nick’s mother)
David Ariniello (boy fishing)
Steven Lovy (mugger)
Janet Giglio (runaway girl)
Doug White (Spanish priest)
Steven Leider (first priest)
Rich Buendia (second priest)
Stephan Hun (jogger)
Nicholas J. Vicent (maintenance man)
Mark Meadows (van driver)

Alternative Titles

Curse of the Living Dead
Der Fluch des ewigen Lebens
– West German title
La Malédiction du fond des temps
– French video title
Nightstalker
Pimeyden puisto
– Finnish title
Sanctuary for Evil
– alternative title
El santuario del mal
– Venezuelan title

References

Periodicals
Fangoria no.253 (May 2006) p.67 – illustrated DVD review (DVD Dungeon: DVD of the Month by Matthew Kiernan)
Psychotronic no.16 pp.10-11 – review
The Splatter Times no.1 (Spring 1983) p.2 – review (by Donald Farmer)
Video Viewer vol.3 no.1 (July 1983) p.54
Video Watchdog no.25 p.7 – credits

Books
Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.361
The Seduction of the Gullible by John Martin p.65 – credits, synopsis, review