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The Wayward Sun (2013)

A young woman named Wren finds herself lost in the desert after she and her two druggy friends flip their jeep in a remote part of Mexico. In their attempt to reach the nearest town by way ... See full summary »


Jozef K. Richards

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Cast overview:
Emma Bernhoft Emma Bernhoft ... Wren
Jozef K. Richards Jozef K. Richards ... Chaz / Zion / The Owl
Emily Pohl Emily Pohl ... Rika
F. Justin Horton F. Justin Horton ... Hahn
Bruce Spielbauer ... The Cactus (voice)
Chris Ouchie Chris Ouchie ... Demitri (voice)
Michael Sanchez Michael Sanchez ... Little Mexican
Chelo Guardiola Chelo Guardiola ... Little Mexican (voice)
Jon Elliott ... Big Mexican
Charles Ramsey Charles Ramsey ... Big Mexican (voice)
Alex Trapp Alex Trapp ... Radio DJ (voice)
Ryan Dewerth Ryan Dewerth ... Dead Body
Wassim Elhouar Wassim Elhouar ... Demitri
Russ Montney Russ Montney ... Dad


A young woman named Wren finds herself lost in the desert after she and her two druggy friends flip their jeep in a remote part of Mexico. In their attempt to reach the nearest town by way of the desert, a symbolic journey unfolds as Wren begins to hallucinate, envisioning Death is stalking her in various forms: as a demon and an enchantress. Written by Anonymous

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English | Spanish

Release Date:

29 August 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El Sol Aberrante See more »

Filming Locations:

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA See more »

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King's Tower Productions See more »
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Wren: We followed a road to a dead body. We weren't at the end before, we were just as far as they covered their tracks.
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Wren's Last Sunset
Written by Scott Hampton
Performed & Produced by Scott Hampton
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A beautiful, stark, and heavy-hitting film
30 August 2013 | by CaptainnnSee all my reviews

I saw the premiere of The Wayward Sun last night in Milwaukee and I, along with the rest of the audience, was blown away. I'm hesitant about writing a review so soon after my first viewing of the film. Not only has the experience not fully sunken in yet, but there's so much imagery, symbolism, and poetry here that it's something that definitely warrants multiple viewings.

It's pretty clear that there's still a handful of minor tweaks to be made, and the hour delay due to technical difficulties didn't help either. But good things are worth the wait, my friends. I understand that a few more edits are to be made but even though it wasn't 100% polished, it was still more of a film than many other things I've seen as of late.

The film starts off with three friends driving through the Mexican desert. They flip their Jeep, killing one of them, and Wren and Chaz are left to cut through the desert to get to the town of El Perdido, 17 miles away. Stocked up with beer, a hallucinogen known as Genie Powder, and a water supply that far from suffices, the two attempt to navigate their way through one of the most beautiful landscapes ever caught on film in one of the scariest survival situations imaginable.

Although some may liken it to Van Sant's "Gerry" (which no doubt there are similarities), the way the story is told and the ideas expressed among our protagonists, hallucinations of Death, and various talking animals/cacti sets it apart from the 2002 film as well as any other film I've seen before.

The chemistry between Richards and Bernhoft jumps right off the screen and into the hearts of the audience as we come to care tremendously early on for these two friends and their literal life-or-death plight they've gotten themselves into. Along with acting, Jozef K. Richards, also shows great promise at writing and directing and appears to have no shortage of hats to wear when it comes to filmmaking.

The Wayward Sun is a complete 180 from Richard's previous effort, The Amateur Monster Movie, which was about a couple of stoners, a foul mouthed mayor, botanists, and dopey cops who head to an island to hunt for zombies and werewolves. Exercising skill in both the horror/comedy and now drama/psychological thriller genres, Richards and King's Tower Productions are a company to look out for.

If you have the chance to see this, it's something you definitely won't regret.

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