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Blood River (2009)

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A psychological thriller, which explores the destruction of a young couple's seemingly perfect marriage.

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Clark Ewald and his pregnant wife, Summer, are on their way to her parents. They take a lonely road through the Nevada desert. They pass by a walker dressed like a cowboy and later they stop for the night in a motel. In the morning they return to the road while the cowboy leaves. Fifty miles from the hotel, the couple has a car accident and they decide to walk to the next town. They arrive to find a a ghost town and out of the blue, the stranger arrives and introduces himself as Joseph. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Joseph: I'm the future of the world, only the world don't know it yet...
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Written by Mick Hargreaves, Kurt Reil, Rick Reil, Kristin Pinell
Performed & Produced by The Grip Weeds
Engineered by The Bicker Brothers
Recorded & Mixed at The House of Vibes
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Title doesn't do it justice in my opinion
26 December 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The title conjures up images of some cheesy slasher flick, but Blood River is anything but. I've rented a few (well, more than a few) horror titles in my time with the word 'Blood' in the title. It seems to say a lot about the film, i.e. filled with gruesome deaths and maybe the odd rubbery monster thrown in for good measure.

However, Blood River definitely doesn't fit into those categories. At the beginning, I didn't like it. It starts off with the obligatory couple driving through the deserted deserts, only to come across the one wandering lunatic hell bent on making your final hours a living hell. It all sounds pretty average, but it's worth sticking with. Its one down point is that it is a little longer than your average horror film and most of the first 1h 15 minutes is spent watching three people in one location, having various conversations about all sorts of supposed deep and meaningful issues.

That was how it starts. It doesn't pan out quite so obviously though. Without going into too much detail, it has a few surprises along the way and Andrew Howard deserves a special mention as the 'stranger' Joseph who the unsuspecting couple meet.

Give it a watch if you want a 'horror movie that contains plenty of talking points.' However, the 'talking points' may also serve to be a bit of a let down. Not everything is totally explained and wrapped up neatly, leaving some questions which will be up to your interpretation afterwards.

Blood River is one of those movies where you could show it to four different people and be given four totally different opinions to its merits and meanings.


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