CastMichael Shamus Wiles Release date1986 (1986) Similar moviesStepfather II (1989), Nail Gun Massacre (1985), Camp Blood (1999), He Knows Youre Alone (1980), Blood Cult (1985)
TaglineJust when you thought it was safe to go on vacation!
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Terror at Tenkiller is a 1986 horror film directed and produced by Ken Meyer, and written by Claudia Meyer. The film was shot entirely in Oklahoma near Lake Fort Gibson and the Fort Gibson dam, though not at the actual Tenkiller Ferry Lake as the story suggests.
In rural Oklahoma, under the cover of night, a marina worker named Tor murders Denise, a local waitress, by slitting her throat, then dumps her body in Lake Tenkiller.
The next day, a pair of co-eds, Leslie and Janna, head to Janna's summer home near Lake Tenkiller for summer break, and to get away from Leslie's abusive fiancé, Josh. At the lake, the two get summer jobs at the diner where Denise worked during previous summers. They meet Tor, who takes an instant liking to Leslie. Shortly after Leslie and Janna's arrival, Tor stabs another waitress, Debbie, to death in a hot tub. He also knifes and dismembers his lecherous boss, Preacher, outside of Janna's place, after catching him spying on the women. After a while, both Leslie and Janna grow to trust and like Tor and offer him to come to their cabin for a beer. By this time, the two women have received threatening voicemails on their cabin's phone and assume it's Josh. They pay little mind to it and continue life as usual. Later on, Janna goes out to tan on the dock while Leslie is working the closing shift alone at the diner. Tor visits Janna and Leslie's cabin for a beer and murders Janna by stabbing her in the back as she's washing her hair. Meanwhile, Josh is looking at maps, making phone calls, and chain smoking presumably trying to locate Leslie.
When Leslie returns home from work, she finds Janna's body and believes that it was Josh who killed her. Tor consoles Leslie and soon plays a harmonica and admits that he was the one who killed Janna because he believed that she was a corrupting influence on Leslie. Tor then begins to tell her how much he loves her. Leslie runs off into the wilderness after slashing him across the face with a car key while he professes his love for her. While chasing Leslie, Tor hears Josh's car pull up, and murders him by slashing his throat, leaving his corpse propped up in a room for Leslie to find when she returns to the house. Knocking Leslie out when she finds Josh's body, Tor places her in his boat and starts rowing across the lake, but is knocked overboard and seemingly drowns when Leslie awakens and swims to shore. Narration by Leslie comments that the police were never able to discern who her attacker really was or where he came from. In the last shot of the film, Tor is shown leaping out of the water and the image freezes as the credits roll.
Stacey Logan as Leslie
Michelle Merchant as Janna McKinney
Michael Shamus Wiles as Tor
Kevin Meyer as Josh
Dale Buckmaster as Preacher
Debbie Killion as Debbie (Waitress)
Dean Lewis as Charlie
Jill Holmes as Denise
Home Video Release
Terror at Tenkiller was released on VHS and Betamax by United Home Video in 1986. A DVD was released in 2004 by VCI Home Video, as a part of a double feature with the 1987 film The Last Slumber Party.
Terror at Tenkiller was released as a purchasable download (Video on Demand) by Rifftrax on March 28, 2014. The release includes a humorous mocking commentary by Rifftrax stars Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett of MST3K fame.
The film features four songs, the end credits track being Mine All Mine Written by Chip Halstead and Performed by John Melton. Save It For the Next Fool written by Bill Belknap and Ed Robinson, performed by Larry Cagle. Cameron Written by Bill Belknap, performed by Andy Gravity. Blue Medallion written and performed by Bill Belknap.