The movie Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker (1981), also known as Night Warning, is an American exploitation horror film directed by William Asher. The plot revolves around a teenage basketball player named Billy, who is raised by his overprotective and unstable aunt, Cheryl. After Cheryl stabs a man to death in their home, Billy finds himself at the center of a murder investigation.
As the investigation unfolds, it becomes clear that Cheryl is obsessed with her nephew and will stop at nothing to keep him under her control. The film explores themes of obsession, incestuous desire, and the destructive power of maternal love. Several critics have noted that the plotline of Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker is modeled after Oedipus the King by Sophocles, borrowing the themes of adoption and incestual yearning from a mother to her son.
The movie Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker (1981) also features a progressive depiction of homosexuality, with one of the characters being openly gay.
- Susan Tyrrell as Aunt Cheryl Roberts
- Jimmy McNichol as Billy Lynch
- Julia Duffy as Julie Linden
- Bo Svenson as Detective Joe Carlson
– Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker (1981) was originally released under the title Night Warning.
– The film received mixed reviews upon release, with some praising its performances and themes, while others criticized its pacing and structure.
– Butcher, Baker, Nightmare Maker has gained a cult following over the years, with fans appreciating its unique blend of horror and drama elements.