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A man named John Martin offers a couple with a broken-down car a ride to the nearest gas station, little do they know he's actually taking them back to his place for dinner. | Add synopsis »
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Mark Gillespie ... John Martin
Marc Pitman ... Victim
Maureen Allisse ... Victim

Directed by
Jim Van Bebber  (as Jim Vanbebber)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Mark Gillespie 
Jim Van Bebber  (as Jim Vanbebber)

Produced by
Cecilia Horstman .... executive producer
M.M. Jones .... executive producer
Mike King .... producer
Cinematography by
Mike King 
Film Editing by
Jim Van Bebber  (as Jim Vanbebber)
Editorial Department
Bob Thompson .... on-line editor


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15 min

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Intriguing Van Bebber Short Film, 8 May 2006
Author: Crap_Connoisseur from Australia

Jim Van Bebber must be the unluckiest filmmaker on earth. The original video distributor of "Deadbeat At Dawn" ripped him off, "The Manson Family" was in movie limbo for a decade and this short was made with the intention of attracting investors for a full length feature film. In true Van Bebber style, no cash was forthcoming.

It is incomprehensible to me that a visionary like Jim Van Bebber has to beg, borrow and steal to make a film, while every second loser in Hollywood gets a $30 million budget thrown at them to rape a 1970s horror classic, "re-making" it into a steaming pile of commercial crap. Unfortunately, the joke is on us. Horror fans have missed out on what had the potential to be a phenomenal film.

Roadkill focuses on serial killing cannibal called John Martin, who picks up stranded motorists on a deserted highway and then takes them home to be butchered. The result lies somewhere between "Wolf Creek", "Henry: Portrait Of A Serial Killer" and "Schramm". In other words, it is awesome. As with all of Van Bebber's work, the violence is gritty and realistic. The butchering of John's male victim is intense and his female victim's cries for mercy and ultimate fate are utterly grim. The film's only real weakness is Mark Gillespie's performance as John, which lacks restraint and initially comes across as unintentionally funny. I'm also not sure why John spent so much time screaming at his television set. However, these faults do little to detract from the intensity and brutality of Van Bebber's short film.

Roadkill is another example of Jim Van Bebber's unique style and considered approach to on-screen violence. What a shame that we only have 15 paltry minutes to savour.

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