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Exciting from start to finish-not only is this one of those movies of which you just HAVE to see the ending, but it's also one of those gems that actually has you talking out loud to the screen and as you know, not every movie involves you so much, it makes you want to do that. Weeellll, it did have that affect on me, anyway. I found the acting to be excellent-so good, you can easily forget you're just watching a movie as it seemed so real. The casting was absolutely perfect. I'm also glad they made a sequel to it, too. Energetic but not overdone, no hammy performances, everything was just right. I thought this movie was absolutely great. Interesting, suspenseful, not dull at all...can't remember a "slow" spot. Just extremely well done in all ways, in MHO.
I saw this movie late one night on a movie channel here in Canada. It has
received some medicore reviews here, but I think the movie is slightly above
average, all things considered.
Yes, it was a low budget movie and that's quite obvious. The beautiful scenery of the Canadian wilderness is breathtaking. The characters played by Haggerty, and his son were quite well-developed and believable. Haggerty and Weiss also have some great dialog on their trip back to civilization. Roberta Weiss looks great too, and that doesn't hurt.
You won't be able to find this one DVD yet, your only hope is to catch on TV one night, or find a used copy of the VHS.
This movie has a lot going for it. The plot is simple: a psychotic
man kidnaps a young woman while she is out on her morning jog. The problem
is the director came up short. Most of the time, the movie tries to focus
on the intensity and insane look in the kidnapper's eyes. There are also a
lot of chase scenes in the Canadian rockies. Not much else.
There are some good points. Dan Haggerty plays the madman's father and does a good acting job, but I kept flashing back to his TV series "Grizzly Adams". I half-expected Ben the bear to come trotting out of the bushes at any time. Roberta Weiss at the start of the movie played the role of the damsel-in-distress rather lamely, however she did seem to improve once the madman's cabin had been reached.
The problem is that this movie was not what you'd come to expect from this genre. The danger of sexual assault was there every time Vern got close. However, for a guy that had been out in the woods for two years without a woman, you'd think he could have gotten past the bra. Give this same script to David Cronenberg and you'd have a successful NC-17 movie and a better ending where the hunted becomes the hunter. As is, it is barely PG and not worth renting.
When it comes on Showtime or TNT, take a look if you like Dan Haggerty, as long as nothing else is on.
I will be damned if Dan Haggerty, TV's own "Grizzly Adams", does not
actually take his role in this no-budget, cheap exploitation flick
and truly do his best to act in this film. You are in the middle of
watching what has got to be one of the most amateurishly acted and
atrociously bad crazy-mountain-man-abducts-sweet-young-thing movies, and
of a sudden, the big burly blonde Haggerty shows up and seems to actually
think he is in something by Strindberg.
This movie apparently had something of a following, although I can't imagine why, so repugnantly does it violate the natural order, even of exploitation films, and it even generated a sequel, which I have thankfully been spared having to watch.
I am all for chicks-in-distress films, and I was hoping to see a lot of torn clothing, bared breasts, some good rolling around in the dirt and some real rope bondage in lush outdoor settings. This movie sadly disappoints on all counts, even in the bondage area, and I never saw a mountain guy with more rope than Vern, our psychotic kidnapper. Renee, the hapless victim, played by a young woman who seems to be somewhere between unconscious and dead, is so laughably inept at doing anything but standing still that part of me was hoping she would end up as Mrs. Vern, despite her whining that she was unhappy being kidnapped and wanted to go home. The character of Vern, played with twisted fiendish glee, still basically makes no sense and the actor's performance falls flat, despite his enthusiasm. Only Haggerty's genuine attempts at delivering a performance of some substance save this from being a complete catastrophe from start to finish.
In the genre of kidnapped-girl-in-the-hands-of-a-madman movies, this is about as lame as you can get. Nice Canadian landscape, though.
Despite the best efforts of Collins to make this film bad, he accidentally made an interesting movie. Renee (Roberta Weiss) is out in the forest jogging and within the first minute of the movie finds herself captured by Vern (Lawrence King-Phillips). Vern appears insane at first, with his crazy sunglasses and aggressive nature. Events unfold and we come to realize that Vern has a dad (in a very convincing performance by Dan Haggerty) who is exactly the opposite of Vern, calm and level-headed. Above all this movie explores some interesting ideas, like what happens to the abductee after the initial shock of being abducted. Vern and his dad (Joe) are only in the forest because Joe loves his son and society wants to lock him up. Unfortunately, it seems that not much thought went into the last fifteen minutes, but the rest of the movie is definitely worth a watch. Rating: 25/40
I was pleasantly surprised by this movie. It turned out to be better
than I expected. It comes across like a Lifetime movie (which is why my
liked it). Those who rent this movie hoping for your typical exploitation
"crazy mountain-man kidnaps innocent girl" movie will be disappointed.
is no nudity, a little adult language, and some mild violence.
What I liked about this movie is that it was better than it had to be. The "villain" actually had some depth to his character, as did the character played by Dan Hagerty. The acting by the female lead could have been better, but isn't so awful that it makes the film unwatchable. The scenes between the female and Dan Hagerty are nice and sometimes rather touching.
I recommend this movie for rising above its genre. Its nice these days to be pleased and suprised by a movie, rather than disappointed.
Well, this was
good, but certainly not what I expected! According to
the cover of the ex-rental VHS I picked up, "Abducted" is based on a
true story and it even has bits and pieces of authentic Canadian
newspaper clippings illustrated on the back. However, I can't find any
information regarding this allegedly "true story" on the whole
internet. I'm still somewhat tempted to believe the film is at least
loosely inspired by true events, though, because the plot and the story
twists are just too weird be fictional. "Abducted" is quite unique,
actually. It's a prototypic exploitation movie, only it doesn't feature
any exploitation trademarks. This movie basically deals with the
kidnapping of a young and beautiful girl by a bewildered and socially
alienated mountain man, but strangely enough it doesn't feature any
sleaze, nudity or rape. Instead, this is a slow-moving and (wannabe)
harrowing drama that makes some very unusual twists around halfway and
mainly focuses on the breathtaking filming locations and environmental
scenery. During her morning jog in the woods, Renee Aldrich is
surprise-attacked by a madman. He scares and provokes her and then
literally drags the poor girl deeper into the woods by a rope around
her neck to his cabin. His attempts to rape her might be
unsuccessful, but still his behavior towards her grows increasingly
hostile. Then the film makes a weird twist when suddenly the freak's
father shows up and turns out to be a "one-with-nature" Good Samaritan
type of guy. Joe Evans, played by Grizzly guy Dan Haggerty, heavily
disapproves his son's acts and even confesses to Renee that the came to
live in the remote woods to keep Vern away from people. Grizzly guy
also swears to guide her back home, but Vern is not willing to let her
go that easy. On their way back to civilization, "Abducted" changes
into some sort of educational nature & wildlife documentary, with Dan
Haggerty vividly trying to pass on the message of preserving our
forests. Undeniably the filming locations are staggering, but if I
wanted to see deer or birds, I could always watch National Geographic.
The bizarre triangular situation and the continuously present tension
between Renee and her aggressor Vern provide a handful of noteworthy
atmospheric sequences, but overall "Abducted" is a dull film and a
missed opportunity for sure.
I just noticed there also exists a sequel to this film, entitled "Abducted II: the Reunion", which features Vern's resurrection from the dead and three scarcely dressed women on a camping trip. Now, that's all the more proof this film can't possibly be based on a true story, because that would be the ultimate in shamelessly exploiting a human drama. But with a director named Boon Collins, you never know, of course
Pretty young jogger is abducted by crazy mountain man. That pretty much sums up the whole plot. Those expecting some exploitation fare will be disappointed. There is no nudity, though Roberta Weiss does look cute in her sweat suit and she spends the climax of the film in her panties. Speaking of Weiss, she's certainly one of the most attractive actresses of the '80s. I only know of her from two other things: a small part in The Dead Zone and an episode of Tales From the Darkside. A good episode, though. Anyway, back to the movie. The location shooting is nice. Weiss, as I said, is pretty and does a fine job with her performance. Lawrence King-Phillips is good as the psycho mountain man. Dan Haggerty, the reason most people will even see this, is enjoyable essentially playing the Grizzly Adams type of character we all expect. It's not the worst thing I've ever seen but it's pretty pointless. If it was a little seedier it might have more of a cult following, whatever that says about us.
This is an uneven film that is definitely worth seeing. In expressing
women's secret fears and fantasies it goes farther than others and is
quite frank about the villain's (King-Phillips) sexual frustration. Any
woman watching this film is going to ask herself, as I did, what she
would do in the same situation, and perhaps imagine differing
scenarios. The irony is that the physically adorable but repulsively
abusive Vern picks an insipid snob, one he constantly criticizes ("You
wouldn't last out here alone," "City people are soft," etc.) despite
seething with passion for her.
As Renee, Weiss is perfectly cast and gives an understated performance that may not seem like acting, since she is playing a an ordinary college student, incurious about the wilderness and unskilled at both survival and ingratiating herself to her captor. Being tone-deaf in her dealings with him ("My family has money,") her character is not very sympathetic either. Her attitude toward the lifestyle of both Vern and his father (Haggerty) literally wrenched a gasp from my throat. Her character reminded me of girls I had gone to college with - knowing only society's straight line, not interested in true freedom or the discovery of being desperately wanted by a man, even if he is not her dreamboat.
Unfortunately, the film shies away from the natural consequences of the intriguing situation it has set up, and veers into cliché and sensation. The ending is simultaneously absurd and hilarious, due to a bravura performance by King-Phillips, while Weiss and Haggerty fall into their steps as stock characters. The depth built up in the male characters is lost in the film's rush to its ending, and feels like a betrayal.
King-Phillip's portrayal of Vern apparently has a cult following, and it is justified. It's just too bad that some of the scenarios that I imagined between Vern and Renee (or me) were not expressed for me in this film.
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