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Octane -- While on a late night road trip home, a woman must save her rebellious teenage daughter who runs off with a bizarre group of blood-letting psychos.

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Writer:
Stephen Volk (written by)
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Release Date:
14 November 2003 (UK) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Driven by Evil See more »
Plot:
While on a late night road trip home, a woman must save her rebellious teenage daughter who runs off with a bizarre group of blood-letting psychos. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Madeleine Stowe ... Senga Wilson

Norman Reedus ... Recovery Man

Bijou Phillips ... Backpacker

Mischa Barton ... Natasha 'Nat' Wilson

Jonathan Rhys Meyers ... The Father

Leo Gregory ... Joyrider
Gary Parker ... Vacation Man
Amber Batty ... Vacation Woman
Jenny Jules ... Highway Patrol Sergeant
Patrick O'Kane ... Trucker

Martin McDougall ... Motivational Speaker

Shauna Shim ... Paramedic #1

David Menkin ... Paramedic #2

Nigel Whitmey ... Detective Ned Stephens
Samuel Fröler ... Marek Wilson

Stephen Lord ... Carjacker
Dean Gregory ... Christian Missionary
Sarah Drews ... Christine

Raffaello Degruttola ... Highway Patrol Cop #1
Glenn Wrage ... Highway Patrol Cop #2
Monika Hudgins ... Southern Woman
Cesar Bayona Pinto ... Latino Busboy
Véronique Koch ... Cashier #1 (as Veronique Koch)
Ase Dunbar ... Cashier #2
Nicolette Christie ... Teenage Girl with Mobile
Rachel Pollack ... Metro Girl
Emma Drews ... Teenage Girl in Video
Tom Hunsinger ... CSI Man

Sam Douglas ... Crash Site Detective
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pedro Barreira ... Leo James (uncredited)

Directed by
Marcus Adams 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Stephen Volk  written by

Produced by
Bill Allan .... executive producer
Bob Bellion .... co-producer
Al Burgess .... line producer
Jimmy de Brabant .... co-producer
Carlo Dusi .... executive producer
Keith Evans .... executive producer
Alistair MacLean-Clark .... producer
Melvyn Singer .... executive producer
Tim Smith .... executive producer
Basil Stephens .... producer
 
Original Music by
Simon Boswell (supervising composer)
Paul Hartnoll  (as Orbital)
Phil Hartnoll  (as Orbital)
Orbital 
 
Cinematography by
Robin Vidgeon (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Trevor Waite 
 
Casting by
Leo Davis 
Elaine Fallon 
John Papsidera 
Tania Polentarutti 
 
Production Design by
Max Gottlieb 
 
Art Direction by
Teresa Weston 
 
Set Decoration by
Anna Lynch-Robinson 
 
Costume Design by
Stewart Meachem 
 
Makeup Department
Aurélie Elich .... assistant makeup artist
Sarah Love .... chief of hair
Trefor Proud .... chief makeup artist
Evelyne Sittig .... assistant hair stylist
 
Production Management
Bénédicte Humbel .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jane Burgess .... second assistant director
Sébastien Fernandes Tasch .... third assistant director
Stefan Magnusson .... third assistant director
Roger Simons .... first assistant director
Basil Stephens .... second unit director
 
Art Department
Alfie Burgess .... stand-by props
François Dickes .... props buyer
Billy Edwards .... stand-by props
Thomas Ferrandis .... carpenter
Ricardo Galvao .... art department assistant
John Greaves .... storyboard artist
Graham Mitchell .... carpenter
Eddie Murphy .... carpenter
Edouard Pallardy .... head painter
Olivier Wojcik .... scenic painter
Eddie Wolstencroft .... stand by painter
Terry Woods .... property master
 
Sound Department
Howard Bargroff .... sound re-recording mixer
Keith Batten .... boom operator
Gianluca Buttari .... foley editor
Alistair Crocker .... sound recordist
Colette D. Dahanne .... adr mixer (as Colette Dahanne)
Simon Gershon .... supervising sound editor
Alex Hudd .... sound consultant: dolby
Dan Johnson .... assistant sound re-recording mixer
Ben Meechan .... sound effects editor
Bernard O'Reilly .... sound effects editor
James Perry .... assistant sound effects editor
Joakim Sundström .... dialogue editor
 
Special Effects by
Alain Couty .... special effects coordinator
Lawrence Michael .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Henry Badgett .... digital compositor: MPC
Martin Cook .... title design
Mark Curtis .... digital compositor
Stefan Drury .... visual effects producer
Rob Hill .... digital camera operator
Douglas Larmour .... supervising compositor
Stuart Lashley .... digital compositor
Charlotte Loughnane .... visual effects coordinator
Jessica Norman .... supervising compositor
Gregory Salter .... supervising compositor
Sally Spencer .... visual effects coordinator
Ben Thompson .... 3D animator: MPC
John Van Hoey Smith .... data operator
 
Stunts
Michel Bouis .... stunts
Sarah Franzl .... stunt driver
Alain Gaudiard .... stunt rigger
Véronique Koch .... stunt driver
Alexandrine Roux .... stunts
Loïc Saintilan .... stunts
Paul Weston .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Alex Aach .... clapper loader
Alex Bailey .... still photographer
Pierre Dermience .... best boy
Pierre Dermience .... electrician
Kevin Dresse .... electrician
Johnny Feurer .... assistant camera
Mike Frift .... camera operator
Rab Harling .... clapper loader: second unit
Paul Hatchman .... key grip
Mark Hryma .... camera operator: Wescam camera
Clyde Miller .... assistant camera: Wescam camera
Simon Mills .... focus puller: second unit
José Alberto Pinto de Jesus .... electrician
Mike Roberts .... video assist operator
Luis Santos .... electrician
Uli Schmidt .... assistant camera
Théodore Theodorides .... additional clapper loader
Théodore Theodorides .... assistant camera
Roger Tooley .... Steadicam operator
Jon Webb .... first assistant camera: a
Wolfgang Wesemann .... assistant camera
Michael 'Indy' Whiting .... assistant camera
Peter Wignall .... camera operator
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Magdalena Marczynska .... wardrobe assistant
Mike Skorepa .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Nicola Armstrong .... post-production coordinator
Martin Corbett .... first assistant editor
Gina Tornatore .... second assistant editor
 
Music Department
Simon Boswell .... soundtrack producer
Geoff Foster .... score recordist
Allan Jenkins .... music editor
 
Transportation Department
Svet Hrouchoff .... action vehicles
Gaby Meyers .... facility/truck driver
Igor Pecirep .... driver: Madeleine Stowe
Olivier Printz .... car wrangler
 
Other crew
Sallie Beechinor .... production coordinator
Bob Bellion .... financial manager: Delux Productions
Mona Benjamin .... contact: London
Peter Brown .... location assistant
Peter Eardley .... assistant production accountant
Giles Edleston .... location manager
Ambroise Gayet .... production assistant
Laura Gwynne .... script supervisor
Véronique Koch .... stand-in: Backpacker
Véronique Koch .... stand-in: Nat
Patricia Kretschmer .... assistant to producer
Nick Leese .... head of marketing and publicity
Annick Lockman .... assistant production coordinator
Roberto Longobardi .... production accountant
Claude Ludovicy .... location scout
Francois Muller .... facilities
Francois Muller .... location security officer
Lisa Neeley .... head of development
Clive Noakes .... laboratory contact
Sébastien Peiffer .... assistant to location manager
Roger Phillips .... end titles
Julie Smith .... unit publicist
Maxine Stanley .... post-production accountant
Diana Stiegler .... location runner
Otfried Suppin .... assistant location manager
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Pulse" - USA (DVD box title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong violence, language, some drug and sexual content
Runtime:
91 min
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Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Mischa Barton had her belly button pierced specially for her role in this movie.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Senga and Nat drive past the scene of the first accident, the background chatter on the police radio loops.See more »
Quotes:
The Father:No body in chains ever soared up to the sun.See more »
Soundtrack:
F.E.A.R.See more »

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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Surreal, Nightmarish Road-Trip Terror., 9 September 2006
Author: violetmoreviolent from Portland, Oregon, USA

While a lot of people are going to disagree with me, I think "Octane" (aka "Pulse") is an underrated horror movie. The film begins with a horrible car accident scene, where a dying man is suffering within the wreckage. A squad of impostor medical workers show up on the scene, but soon scramble to leave the scene after the actual medical crew arrives. We are then introduced to Senga Wilson (Madleine Stowe) and her teenage daughter, Natalie (Mischa Barton), who are on a late-night road trip on their way back home. Senga gets tired at the wheel, nearly crashing the car, but insists that she's fine and that they need to get home because Nat has school the next morning. After convincing her mother to stop, Nat and Senga enter a truck stop for a coffee-break. The people within the truck stop seem a little weird too. After picking up a disappearing hitchhiker (Bijou Phillips), Senga and Nat get into a heated argument, and Natalie runs off with the hitchhiker (who re-appears) and a group of strange people. Now it's up to Senga to get her daughter back from the blood-letting cult, with the help of a truck-driver (Norman Reedus) who also is aware of the psychotic blood-drinkers.

The whole film's idea and premise is intriguing, albeit a little strange. While this film may seem like a clichéd horror flick, "Octane", also known as "Pulse" from the video release, has a lot more going for it. The story is fairly well-written, the cinematography is very stylish and adds an eerie texture to the movie, the music is surreal and fitting, and the performances were all-around well done. The foreboding atmosphere of no escape is extremely consistent throughout the film, giving the movie a surreal and nightmarish feeling that works for the film's benefit. The entire thing almost seems like one big bad dream that you can't escape, and I think that is what made this film so interesting to me.

The movie was nicely shot and has some really eerie sequences tied into the plot, mostly Senga's encounters with the bizarre, extensive group of cult members that seem to run the entire area, mostly in the strange little off-road truck stops along the way. The opening is a great start, and the last twenty minutes or so- while they are a little strange - work out well and were all the more bizarre. Madeleine Stowe and Mischa Barton have surprisingly good chemistry, and play their roles as the troubled single-mother and the rebellious, bratty teenage daughter. I like both Stowe and Barton as actresses, and they do a good job here. The rest of the cast gives good performances also, nothing I saw was necessarily bad.

Although "Octane" has a few minor flaws (mostly some of the semi-confusing material that the plot revolves around and leaves unexplained), the film is done with a distinct surreal style, and uses some great imagery and a haunting score. While most people disagree, I think this film isn't nearly as bad as the reputation it seems to have. Granted, it's one strange movie, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's bad. 7/10.

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