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Desperate Escape (2007)

Dismal (original title)
R | | Thriller | 2007 (USA)
While on a fishing trip in Virginia's Great Dismal Swamp, a businessman and an outdoors-man face the perils of nature and true psychological terror in the form of a reclusive survivalist who will protect his solitude at any cost.


Ray Brown


David O'Donnell




Credited cast:
Eleanor Drew Eleanor Drew ... Cindy Murphy
Rob Holmes Rob Holmes ... Search Party Member
Mark Joy ... Ranger Rettig
William Gregory Lee ... Bill Masterson
Keith Newsome Keith Newsome ... Man in Bar
Kaleigh O'Donnell Kaleigh O'Donnell ... Babysitter
Joy Pfister Joy Pfister ... Tina Masterson
Richard Riehle ... Croaker Norge
Domenic Scotty Domenic Scotty ... Search Party Member
Scott Thomas ... Matt Murphy (as Scott Miles)
Robert Wilson Seymone Robert Wilson Seymone ... Roger Cohan


Businessman Bill Masterson is out of his element on a long fishing weekend, but outdoorsman Matt Murphy is there to help. Or so Bill thinks. Matt has his own reasons for bringing Bill out into the 100,000 acres of Virginia's Great Dismal Swamp. The swamp has plans of its own, and the men struggle against natural dangers, otherworldly scares and a predator -- in the form of reclusive survivalist Croaker Norge. Croaker will do anything to remain undetected and is quick to punish anyone who crosses him. The men's wives, Cindy Murphy and Tina Masterson sense something's wrong and start searching for their men. Even as they convince Ranger Rettig to call up an all-out search, Croaker takes things into his own powerful hands. A twisting physical battle turns into a twisted psychological war -- both sides determined to stay alive and free. Anyone can enter -- but not everyone leaves the Great Dismal Swamp alive. Written by David O'Donnell

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I don't get it
14 April 2010 | by dusan-22See all my reviews

The thing I do not understand with movies like this is how come that someone gets into the serious movie work and does most of the job pretty well while failing on trivial stuff: everything done here is pretty watchable except the plot culmination which really goes nowhere. It is shallow, boring and above all - makes no sense. Everything prior to that was pretty tense and watchable. There is no mystery and everything is so predictable thereafter. The end leaves us wondering did we actually come to the middle of the film ... There are some beautiful shots made in this movie which remind us that we are actually watching a professional and not some school production.

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Suffolk, Virginia, USA

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