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Red Sands (2009)

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During a mission in the Middle East, a group of US soldiers destroy a statue out of boredom only to then be visited by something the next day.

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SSgt. Marcus Howston
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Trevor Anderson
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Gregory Wilcox
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Pfc. Chard Davies
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Pfc. Tino Hull
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Pfc. Jorge Wardell (as Noel G)
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Arab Woman (as Mercedes Masöhn)
Govinda Touzene ...
Afghan Child
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Parker
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Goat Herder
Ashourina Benjamin ...
Ahfgan Dead Mom (as Asharina Benjamin)
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Matt Carson
Chris Carter ...
Hollister
Kim Stodel ...
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During a mission in the Middle East, a group of US soldiers destroy a statue out of boredom only to then be visited by something the next day.

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£1,500 (estimated)
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Almost all nocturnal establishing shots of the house show the same cloud formation in the sky. See more »

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Pfc. Chard Davies: Yes sir, Mr. President.
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Referenced in Red Sands Set Tour with Noel G. (2009) See more »

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Dry Djinn time.
24 January 2011 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

When a US soldier uses an ancient stone idol as a target for shooting practise, he releases the evil djinn that was imprisoned within. As his platoon carry out orders to keep a desert road under surveillance, the malevolent spirit summons a sand storm and infiltrates the group in the form of an Afghan woman, and one by one the men fall victim to its power.

It might boast some impressive cinematography and a couple of fairly bloody effects, but with nary a decent scare during the whole film, a raft of stereotypical characters, dull dialogue, cheap-ass CGI effects, and an unexciting and uneventful plot that moves slower than a shifting dune, Red Sands is a dry and lifeless experience, just like the Afghanistani desert in which it is set.

As with his first horror flick Dead Birds, director Alex Turner takes the atmospheric, slow-burn, psychological route for much of the running time, his djinn using each victim's sins against them to terrify before killing; but whereas Dead Birds managed to deliver a modicum of atmosphere and a few effective frights between the less interesting bits, Red Sands manages neither and, given the choice, I'd rather count every grain of sand in Afghanistan than sit through this dreary film again.


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