Just Before Dawn (1981)

Directed by: Jeff Lieberman

Written by: Mark Arywitz, Jeff Lieberman, Jonas Middleton

Starring: George Kennedy, Mike Kellin, Chris Lemmon, Gregg Henry, Deborah Benson, Ralph Seymour, Katie Powell, John Hunsaker

Music by: Brad Fiedel

Taglines: “Will Anyone Survive Those Hours Just Before Dawn?”

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Remote Control (1987)

Directed & written by: Jeff Lieberman

Starring: Kevin Dillon, Deborah Goodrich, Christopher Wynn, Frank Beddor, Jennifer Tilly

Music by: Peter Bernstein

Taglines: “As close to home as your VCR.”

“The ultimate power trip.”

“Your future is in their hands.”

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Profile: Jeff Lieberman

One of the interesting things about starting this website is that it’s pushed me into watching some movies that I’ve heard about in the past but never tracked down. I started watching a few of these – Blue Sunshine, Just Before Dawn, Remote Control… hang on! Those are all by the same director!

For whatever reason, the name of Jeff Lieberman had passed me by. I was vaguely familiar with his feature d├ębut Blue Sunshine (about a group of ex-hippies who start having homicidal adverse effects from the acid they dropped in college) and Squirm (a small town besieged by thousands of flesh-eating worms) but otherwise his name had escaped me.

Now that I’m a little more familiar with his work, I can see that he’s one of those director who simply fell through the cracks for whatever reason. Though often obviously hampered by their low budgets, his movies were consistently original and full of ideas. So, here’s a quick article as a preview to my promised review of his 1987 movie Remote Control.

Selected filmography

Satan’s Little Helper (2004)

Remote Control (1987)

Just Before Dawn (1981)

Doctor Franken (1980) (TV movie, aka Dr. Franken (USA))

Squirm (1976)

Blue Sunshine (1976)

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