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The Man in the Trunk (2019)

Unrated | | Crime, Drama, Horror | 29 November 2019 (USA)
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A late night knock at the door from an absent friend brings the question - "I need you to come with me, but I can't tell you where we're going or what we're going to do." How far would you go to help those you care about?


Marc Hampson
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Ryan Schwartzman
Kait Bradley ... Melissa
Robert Flaherty Hart Robert Flaherty Hart ... Bill
Cassie Self ... Waitress
Kris Pruett Kris Pruett ... Jerry
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Zach Stolz Zach Stolz ... Dan
Kyle Whisner ... Hardware Store Worker
Lindsey McCollough Lindsey McCollough ... Murder witness
Jennica Schwartzman ... Gambling Mother
Mark Landon Smith ... Helpful Stranger
Ross Butler Ross Butler ... Bar Patron


A late night knock at the door from an absent friend brings the question - "I need you to come with me, but I can't tell you where we're going or what we're going to do." How far would you go to help those you care about?

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Release Date:

29 November 2019 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Winslow, Arkansas, USA See more »


Box Office


$10,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

D-Cinema 48kHz 5.1 | Stereo



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The film was originally written to take place entirely in the hot golden desert of inland Southern, CA. When it was suggested that production resources within the filmmaker's network were more readily available in northwest Arkansas due to family, friends and a previous film having been shot in that area the picture had to be revitalized and considered moving chase scenes from sand to snow and rocks to woods. See more »


Referenced in Landing in Arkansas (2016) See more »

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Highly recommended
3 December 2019 | by marchampsonSee all my reviews

Straight up - I wrote and directed this movie. Here are some short production notes that went out with the film that I'll use as my review.

This movie began as a short film written to take place in the Southern California desert under the heat of the sun. It ended up being a feature length film shot in Northwest Arkansas in the dead of Winter reaching temperatures nearing zero degrees on the production's coldest nights causing havoc on both crew and equipment. Scenes designed for open spaces, rocks, and hills were are now dead trees, rugged mountain scapes, and falling snow. When the discussion first began to move production into the dark cold woods, it felt like a betrayal to the story's core concept but in the rear view mirror I can't even imagine the film being done any other way.

In the final days of December 2014, a very small crew piled into a truck pulling a trailer with our equipment and hauled it halfway across the country to meet up with the few talent who graciously flew in interrupting their holiday plans and local crew whom we had come to know over the years and we set out to make a thriller over the next nine days with less than $10k and the gracious support of the local community both in Fayetteville/Winslow, Arkansas and the folks back home.

What never changed from idea to production to years of "labor of love" post-production was the heart of the story which asks the question - How far would you go for an old friend? What would you do when a hard question is put in front of you that is going change your life? Do you look the other way, or do you get in front of it?

The thing I'm most excited about is seeing how audiences interpret that question being asked in the film.

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