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Issue: Summer, 2007

Nomads movie review

Doctor Flax (Lesley-Anne Down) is called in to treat an hysterical dying man. His dying shout in her ear links her inexorably to his story. He was a French anthropologist (Pierce Brosnan) and his wife (Anna Maria Monticelli) came to L.A. to start a more ordered life than their previous pursuit of nomads. Unfortunately their home appears to attract a suspicious group and Pommier begins to follow and study them, discovering that they are nomads in the midst of a big city.

Now Flax is haunted by Pommier's life as she is forced to relive it, and to discover the horror that sent him to his death.

Movie poster, Nomads; Festivale film review

Movie poster, Nomads
A Chilling Tale Of Supernatural Evil.

We are so very far from home. All of us. We have wandered so very far from home.

Nomads is an elegant story, well-told and fast-paced, all that is best from the unifying influence of a single writer/director, in this case John McTiernan. It begins as a mystery and builds, taking us with the characters up until the final horrific revelation.

Well-done and thoroughly enjoyable, this is an excellent example of the kind of horror that creeps up on the audience and relies on the idea, not a massive amount of gore and a soundtrack filled with screams. Excellent and highly recommended.

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by Ali Kayn
Australian release 29 May 1987
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Title: Nomads (1986)
Written by: John McTiernan
Directed by:John McTiernan
running time: 91 mins
rating: M

The Players: Pierce Brosnan, Lesley-Anne Down, Anna Maria Monticelli, Adam Ant,

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