Home Theater Movie Renter's Guide - June, 2011

Nightmare in Las Cruces" (DVD) - Reviewed by Adrian Wittenberg



On the morning of February 10, 1990, two gunmen entered into the Las Cruces bowling alley located in New Mexico and shot seven people leaving four dead and three wounded.  After the safe was robbed and the office was lit on fire, the gunmen fled the scene.  Among the people that were murdered, execution style, were two very young girls, ages two and six.  One of the victims, while severely wounded was able to contact 911 for help.  The murderers were never caught and the case has not yet been solved.


  • Lionsgate
  • Color, Rated R, 1 Hr 43 min
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Codec: AC-3
  • 480p
  • English 5.1 Dolby digital
  • Actors: Hafid Abdelmoula, Shannon Caruso, Charles Comer, Dora Cothern, Howard Cothern
  • Directed by Charlie Minn
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  • Violence: Extreme
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No


This film is a documentary and should not be confused with a horror genre film.  The manner in which the described event took place highlights an absolute low in humanity and the crime that was committed has devastated the lives and families of the survivors. The main intent of this documentary is to make people aware of this horrific crime, that has gone unsolved for twenty years, and possibly inspire some people to call in and offer clues or leads so that the murderers can be brought to justice. The documentary is well put together and highlights the personal suffering that the survivors and families of the victims endure.  This documentary will give the viewer a chance to feel a sliver of the trauma that the atrocious crime has caused.


Average video quality for a documentary series.  Audio was of average quality.


Director commentary.