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Red Sands -- From the creators of the horror cult hit Dead Birds comes a psychological thriller about a unit of U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan who unknowingly release a vengeful supernatural force which wages upon them a deadly war.
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Red Sands -- During a mission in the Middle East, a group of US soldiers destroy a statue out of boredom, unwittingly releasing a vengeful supernatural force that is about to wage a war on them.
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  (in credits order)

Shane West ... Spc. Jeff Keller

Leonard Roberts ... SSgt. Marcus Howston

Aldis Hodge ... Trevor Anderson

Callum Blue ... Gregory Wilcox

Brendan Miller ... Pfc. Chard Davies

Theo Rossi ... Pfc. Tino Hull

Noel Gugliemi ... Pfc. Jorge Wardell (as Noel G)

Mercedes Mason ... Arab Woman (as Mercedes Masöhn)
Govinda Touzene ... Afghan Child

Andrew Elvis Miller ... Parker

Fahim Fazli ... Goat Herder
Ashourina Benjamin ... Ahfgan Dead Mom (as Asharina Benjamin)

Simon Barrett ... Matt Carson

Chris Carter ... Hollister
Kim Stodel ... Clemens
Chris Paul ... Thompson
Sarah Doolan ... Linda

Adam Gierasch ... Sergeant Ramsey

J.K. Simmons ... Lt. Col. Arson
Zhara Trougi ... Arab Woman #1 (as Zahra Trouqi)

Yasmine Nickle ... Little Girl
Sarkis Albert ... Arab Man
Magic J. Ellingson ... Soldier (as Magic Ellingson)

Directed by
Alex Turner 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Simon Barrett  writer

Produced by
Simon Barrett .... co-producer
Robert Hall .... co-producer
David Hillary .... producer
Amy Jarvela .... line producer
Timothy Wayne Peternel .... producer
Ash R. Shah .... producer
Sundip R. Shah .... executive producer
Alex Turner .... producer
Laura Warner .... co-producer
Shane West .... co-producer
Original Music by
Luke Rothschild and String Theory 
Luke Rothschild 
Cinematography by
Sean O'Dea 
Film Editing by
Alexis Spraic 
Casting by
Shannon Makhanian 
Production Design by
Anthony Stabley 
Set Decoration by
Rebecca Totman 
Costume Design by
Bonnie Stauch 
Makeup Department
David Brooke .... special makeup effects project manager
Rhonda Dobbins .... makeup artist
Robert Hall .... special makeup effects supervisor
Debbie Mezera .... special makeup effects coordinator
Alex Noble .... key makeup artist
Erik Porn .... special makeup effects artist: Almost Human
Darnell Shepherd .... hair technician: Almost Human Inc.
Corey Welk .... special makeup effects artist: Almost Human
Production Management
Amy Jarvela .... unit production manager
Thomas Carl McGuinness .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Adam W. Chang .... additional second second assistant director
Dave 'Foots' Footman .... additional first assistant director (as David Footman)
Sloane Lewis .... second second assistant director
Joel Jeffrey Nishimine .... first assistant director
Phillip Wagner .... second assistant director
Art Department
Treven Bedwell .... property master
Ana Brinks .... lead scenic
Brittani Brisacher .... graphic artist
Peter Carpenter .... storyboard artist
Jonathan Hanrahan .... set dresser
Katherine Herl .... set designer
Dennis Ivarsson .... set dresser
Zack Krone .... set dresser
Fernando Lau .... construction coordinator
Forrest Leathers .... lead foreman
Asami Morita .... art intern
Asami Morita .... set dresser
Travis Morley .... carpenter
Dino Robinson .... leadman
Ram Paul Silbey .... set dresser
Joyce Yeich .... assistant property master
Sound Department
Ryan Anthony Arakaki .... second foley editor
Jeremy Balko .... adr mixer
Jeremy Balko .... foley mixer
Matthew C. Beville .... foley mixer (as Matt Beville)
Cole Bluma .... boom operator
Kelly Cabral .... sound effects editor
Melissa A. Corns .... sound effects editor (as Melissa Corns)
Rick Gould .... adr recordist
Paul Hackner .... dialogue and adr editor
Rachel Holley .... sound effects editor
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Eric Lalicata .... sound re-recording mixer
Eric Lalicata .... supervising sound editor
Shelley Roden .... foley artist
Dan Snow .... sound supervisor
Neil Spritz .... sound mixer
Mike Szakmeister .... dialogue editor
Alex Turner .... additional sound designer
Greg Ward .... dialogue editor
Special Effects by
Phylo Holaday .... special effects technician (as Philo Holiday)
Asami Morita .... stop motion director
Rudy Perez Jr. .... special effects technician
Rudy Perez .... special effects supervisor
William 'Barcode' Rosa .... lab technician
Visual Effects by
Jessica Amzoll .... visual effects project manager
Kenneth Bailey .... visual effects
Benoit Doidic .... compositor
Robert S. Douglas .... digital intermediate colorist
Stephen Lebed .... visual effects supervisor
Julie Leibovitz .... visual effects producer
David Fred Masselink .... digital compositor
Chip Potter .... visual effects producer
Michael Raphaelovich .... digital compositor
David Scandlyn .... visual effects producer
Enrique Torres .... visual effects
Jim Towler .... sculptor
Casey Yahnke .... digital compositor: Mechnology
Brian Avery .... stunt player
Jayson Dumenigo .... stunt coordinator
Roel Failma .... stunt player
James Lew .... stunt player
Michael Li .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
David M. Adams .... grip
Graham Bremner .... electric
Brad Carr .... grip
Hawke Clothier .... key grip
Halsey D. Corbin .... electrician (as Halsey D. 'Pigpen' Corbin)
Carlos Doerr .... first assistant camera
Cooper Donaldson .... gaffer
Magic J. Ellingson .... grip
Alicia Garcia .... assistant camera
Cameron Gordon .... electrician
Michael Grugal .... additional photographer
Anthony Gudino .... best boy electric
Brad Heiner .... key grip
Stephen James .... best boy grip
VanNessa Manlunas .... second assistant camera (as Van Nessa Manlunas)
Keith Morgan .... additional key grip
Erik Gunnar Mortensen .... additional second assistant camera (as Erik Mortensen)
Howard Newstate .... rigging gaffer
James Plaxton .... best boy electric
David Reed .... grip production assistant
Paul Summers .... best boy electric
Alexandre Themistocleous .... still photographer
Edwin Ventura .... best boy grip
Kenneth Wales .... electrician
Casting Department
Oscar Barrington .... voice casting
Vanessa Portillo .... extras casting
Sam Sako .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Andrea De Araujo .... costume assistant
Svea Macek .... costume supervisor
Anthony M. Taisacan .... costume assistant (as Anthony Taisacan)
Editorial Department
Greg Hart .... on-line editor (as Gregory Hart)
Josh Hunt .... assistant editor
Sherwood Jones .... assistant editor
George Koran .... colorist
Music Department
Alex Turner .... composer: additional music
Transportation Department
Mariano Celis .... driver
Billy Kane .... transportation coordinator
Larry Riggen .... transportation captain
Other crew
Brenda Arson .... production coordinator
Jacob Bartol .... location scout
Katie Bode .... production intern
Marty Carlin .... studio teacher
Kelly Casey .... office production assistant
Adam W. Chang .... set production assistant
André Devantier .... caterer
Aaron Ezolt .... production executive
Roger Fath .... location scout
Tara Fischer .... set production assistant
Torrence Hall .... armorer
Amy Jarvela .... location manager
Ryan Kohler .... production intern (as Daniel Ryan Kohler)
Erin F. Larsen .... set production assistant
Darryl Lewis .... security
Andrea Moner .... assistant to line producer
Andrea Monier .... assistant: Amy Jarvela
Scotty Pierce .... assistant production coordinator
Alan Rackley .... craft service
Roy A. Ruiz Jr. .... security
Courtney Salmon .... office production assistant
Lapacazo M. Sandoval .... unit publicist
Danny Sconyers .... location scout
Erin Tarasi .... script supervisor
Max Toigo .... production intern
Mike Tristano .... weapons supervisor
Pernille Trojgaard .... production assistant
Laura Warner .... production accountant

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Rated R for violent content, language and some sexual material
Argentina:88 min (DVD version) | USA:89 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Revealing mistakes: Almost all nocturnal establishing shots of the house show the same cloud formation in the sky.See more »
Pfc. Chard Davies:Tino shot Wardell so I shot Tino...See more »
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Referenced in The Screenwriter Diaries (2009) (V)See more »


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19 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Claustrophobic and Tense, 23 April 2009
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

In the Bagram Airbase in Afghanistan, the Staff Sergeant Marcus Howston (Leonard Roberts) is assigned to stay temporary based in the desert nearby Kabul with six other soldiers guarding a road that they can not see from Al Qaeda. While patrolling the desert, they find a millenary temple with a stone carved idol; their translator Gregory Wilcox (Callum Blue) explains that worshippers come to that place to idolize Djinn, a race that have hatred for humans and was made by Allah from the smokeless flame in the beginning of the times in accordance with the Islam and pre-Islamic Arabian folklore. One racist soldier shots the statue that falls apart, unleashing a supernatural force. They camp in an abandoned house and during a sand storm, a Muslim woman (Mercedes Masöhn) comes out of the blue. Sooner they find that their truck was sabotaged and their communication broke down. The group stranded in the middle of nowhere gets mad and they are consumed by their sins and guilty.

"Red Sands" is a claustrophobic and tense psychological horror movie, with a great surrealistic story that can be interpreted as a madness process of a group of soldiers stranded in a place that they do not understand the culture and the language. There are many racist and stupid dialogs and situations, like when the sexist soldier shots an archaeological site, but what else could the viewer expect from invaders under stress? The distributor Sony of Brazil shows a total lake of respect with the Brazilian consumers, releasing a shameful DVD without subtitles in Portuguese. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Força Maligna" ("Malign Force")

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