Abigail Hawkins sits alone, deep in her thoughts at a Sunday church service on the one-year anniversary of her husband's death. Her son, Jasper Hawkins, is noticeably absent from the congregation. He wakes up in a shabby motel room on the outskirts of town next to Irma Mae, a local barmaid. After helping himself to Irma Mae's tip money and a little more, Jasper is out the door and begins the long walk into town. During the journey he reflects on the last memory of his dying father and the events that lead up to this day. A black '69 Plymouth Road Runner stops on the deserted country road to pick up the hitchhiking Jasper. The driver is Joseph Iblis, a traveling salesman offering "the future". The two men hit the road and soon begin a verbal chess match of wills. The ride leads to a trail of blood as big as Texas as Jasper becomes progressively unhinged and is forced to face his darkest demons. He will soon discover that evil takes a different route. Written by
Best low-budget horror movie I've seen in a long time
Backroad is set in East Texas, where evil sometimes wears a cowboy hat. The peaceful countryside is contrasted to the disturbing scenes of violence that punctuate this artistically composed story of how evil grows, and sometimes, how it all ends up. The performances were excellent, neither understated nor overdone. The cinematography was impressive, especially considering the fact that this was all done on a shoestring. The story was disturbing, a bit intense for me at moments, but not a plot less gore-fest, as so many horror films have gotten to be. There is enough ambiguity and symbolism to make me pay attention and think a bit, to make me discuss the film with others, and to make me want to see it again. In fact, I bought the DVD, and I hope that they give it a wider release at some point. Having a rare limited-edition copy won't do me any good, since I refuse to sell it.
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