The Ghost Dance (film)
The Ghost Dance is a 1982 American Western slasher film directed and co-written by Peter F. Buffa, and starring Julie Amato, Victor Mohica, Henry Bal, and Frank Salsedo. Its plot follows a Native American shaman who becomes possessed by an evil spirit that drives him to kill. It was the first slasher film to be based around and feature Native American characters.
|The Ghost Dance|
|Directed by||Peter F. Buffa|
|Produced by||Robert Sutton|
|Music by||Joseph Byrd|
|Distributed by||Trans World Entertainment|
The spirit of a long-dead warrior, Nahalla, possesses Aranjo, a local Native American man, after an archaeologist, Dr. Kay Foster, unearths Nahalla's remains during an exploratory excavation. Through Aranjo, Nahalla exacts a murderous rampage.
- Julie Amato as Dr. Kay Foster
- Victor Mohica as Tom Eagle
- Henry Bal as Nahalla/Aranjo
- Frank Salsedo as Ocacio
- Felicia Leon as Rea
- Frank Soto as Basowaya
- "The Ghost Dance (1982)". British Film Institute. Retrieved August 25, 2018.
- Pitts, Michael R. (2013). Western Movies: A Guide to 5,105 Feature Films (2nd ed.). Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland. p. 1538. ISBN 978-0-786-46372-5.
- Hilger, Michael (2015). Native Americans in the Movies: Portrayals from Silent Films to the Present. New York: Rowman & Littlefield. p. 174. ISBN 978-1-442-24002-5.
- Sykes, Brad (2018). Terror in the Desert: Dark Cinema of the American Southwest. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland. p. 136. ISBN 978-1-476-63132-5.
- "Ghost Dance (1983) - Peter Bufa, Ken McMullen". Allmovie.com. Allmovie. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
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