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Reeker (2005)

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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Dave Payne

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Cast

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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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Cookie: [tripping on ecstasy] ... I just loooove Gretchen's accent... oh, and Jack's the SWEETEST!
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Smash Alley
Written by Tyler Bates and Paul Messina
Performed by Tyler Bates
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Better than expected.....
22 March 2005 | by neal2zodSee all my reviews

I caught this one at SXSW 2005 - and was ready to hate it, mainly b/c of the ridiculous fanboy hype outside the theatre.

Yes, it's possible for a movie that nobody's heard of to have too much hype - it seems almost every low-budget horror movie these days has so much rabid fanaticism from the aintitcoolnews crowd, that all these movies tend to be decent but over-hyped (see Ginger Snaps, SAW), or just plain awful (see Jeepers Creepers, Dog Soldiers, Cabin Fever, or better yet, don't). The only one of these movies that lives up to the hype is the still-under-seen classic May.

While Reeker doesn't come close to the emotional punch of May, it's an entirely adequate schlock-horror movie that doesn't take itself too seriously, yet doesn't wink-and-nudge enough to ruin the material.

The less said about the plot, the better - it's essentially the same "college kids vs. monster" movie we've been seeing since Friday the 13th, but with the gimmick that the killer lets off a noxious odor before it strikes. (hence the somewhat juvenile title) And one of the kids is blind, so he can smell the killer better than the other kids. I couldn't make this stuff up if I tried. Don't worry, though - there's a twist in the end that makes it all come together, believe it or not - try to stay away from spoilers if you can.

Probably doesn't sound too great so far, but there's some big, big laughs, a few decent scares, a cameo by Michael Ironside, and quite possibly the first and last use of Cutting Crew's 80s hit "I just died in your arms tonight" in a film. All in all, it's a fun movie to catch on cable or as a cheap rental.

Oh, the end credits contain a pre-emptive rant against critics who will title their reviews of this film "It Reeks/stinks!", and the scratch and sniff promo cards say on the back "If you're a p***y - stay at home". It's that type of movie.


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