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Strangers trapped at an eerie travel oasis in the desert must unravel the mystery behind their visions of dying people while they are preyed upon by a decaying creature.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Devon Gummersall ... Jack
Derek Richardson ... Nelson
Tina Illman Tina Illman ... Gretchen
Scott Whyte ... Trip
Arielle Kebbel ... Cookie
Michael Ironside ... Henry
Eric Mabius ... Radford
Marcia Strassman ... Rose
Les Jankey Les Jankey ... Half-a-Trucker
David Hadinger ... Reeker
Carole Ruggier ... The Mom
Paul Greenstein Paul Greenstein ... The Dad
Paul Butcher ... The Kid
Steven Zlotnick Steven Zlotnick ... The Cops (as Steve Zlotnick)
Christopher Boyer ... The Cops
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Strangers trapped at an eerie travel oasis in the desert must unravel the mystery behind their visions of dying people while they are preyed upon by a decaying creature.

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If you can't breathe, then you can't scream. See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 2006 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Noche diabólica See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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1.85 : 1
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(at around 15 mins) After Trip fixes the car, the boom pole is reflected in the truck's back window. See more »

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Cookie: [see numerous pills of Ecstasy] ... Is that 'E'?
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A warm thanks to the Cupertino Symphony Orchestra for their Logic and Reason. See more »

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Referenced in Justified: Money Trap (2013) See more »

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Ghost Hack
Written by Adam Hill PRS
Performed by Adam Hill
Published by Fastmonkeymusic BMI
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A sick mystery in horror clothing
13 March 2005 | by SuperGusSee all my reviews

I went to one of those secret test screenings they do here a lot in Los Angeles.   I knew this was a horror, am a big fan, but had never heard of it.  We were urged not to talk about the story until it opened, especially the surprise ending. If their so worried about the big twist, then don't screen it!  

The movie opens on a family traveling in a minivan demolishing a deer on the road. Then they encounter a mysterious noxious gas that maims their dog and nearly decapitates the father.   The first 3 minutes is totally sick and whack.    

Then these college kids, strangers, share a ride through the desert.  I especially liked the blind guy and the music obsessed geek. When their truck breaks down and they get trapped at a motel, the movie really takes off.    It veers into weird, funny, scary, strange to totally messed up.   A psycho ecstasy dealer (who I recognize from "Resident Evil") is after them  -- or isn't he? There are sightings of mutilated dying people -- including a hilarious and gory appearance of a "half a trucker."  An old man shows up in a RV looking for his missing wife.   And I don't even really need to say it, but, someone or something is killing them off one by one...    

It's the mystery that really makes this light years better than most horror films I've seen recently. Unlike THE GRUDGE, this one makes sense. I'll admit, I'm still trying to sort out all the little details of what really happened.   I worked my way back through the movie all night and it's even better in the morning.   Not all the special effects were finished and the sound wasn't done either, so I can only imagine Reeker will get even better. Two mangled thumbs up!


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