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Savageland (2015)

Not Rated | | Crime, Horror, Thriller | 24 February 2017 (USA)
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When a small town near the Arizona-Mexico border is wiped out overnight, suspicion falls on the lone survivor. But a roll of photos the survivor took that night tells a different story.

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Phil Guidry (co-director), Simon Herbert (co-director) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

David Whelan, Phil Guidry (co-writer) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Heather Moore Heather Moore ... KGHW News Anchor
Lars Nielsen Lars Nielsen ... Forensics Agent
J.C. Carlos J.C. Carlos ... Carlos Olivares
Lawrence Ross ... Lawrence Ross
George Lionel Savage George Lionel Savage ... Sheriff John Parano (as George Savage)
Noe Montes Noe Montes ... Francisco Salazar
Daniel Kafer Daniel Kafer ... Bar Patron #1
Monica Davis Monica Davis ... Monica Romas
Renee Davies Renee Davies ... Renee Davies
Len Wein ... Len Matheson
Dan Trabulus Dan Trabulus ... Deputy Dan Deluca
Edward L. Green ... Gus Greer
Gary Valbuena Gary Valbuena ... Bar Patron #2
Peter Christian Peter Christian ... Bar Patron #3
Jason Stewart ... Attorney Greg Daubman
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Something terrible passes through the off-grid town of Sangre de Cristo on the Arizona-Mexico border, and all 57 inhabitants disappear overnight, leaving nothing but bloody trails. Suspicion falls on the lone survivor, an illegal immigrant; but a roll of photos he took that night tells a different story. Written by Massive Film Company

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Horror has no borders.

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Crime | Horror | Thriller

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Not Rated
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Len Wein, creator of Marvel's "Wolverine," plays Vietnam photographer Len Matheson; a combination of his first name, and second name of his favorite writer, Richard Matheson. See more »

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Intense and effective--definitely a notch above the average "found-footage/pseudo documentary" horror films out there.
27 September 2014 | by hinghammarkSee all my reviews

It seems like whenever I'm about to call it quits and give up on the whole tired deluge of mediocre "found footage"/"fake documentary" movies that have flooded the horror genre in recent years, one will come along and win me back by effectively using that narrative platform in clever and inventive ways that help better reveal their stories and characters.

As easy as it is to find dozens of bad examples of these kind of movies over the past few years, there have also been a few gems like THE CONSPIRACY and AFFLICTED that stand head and shoulders over the others and serve to demonstrate how much potential these kind of movies can have if they're done correctly.

I caught SAVAGELAND tonight as part of the New Orleans Horror Film Festival and, I'm happy to report, that it is definitely counts as another one of these "found-footage"/"fake documentary" gems that has, at least temporarily, restored my faith in that overplayed genre.

Told in news-footage/documentary style with the use of interviews, stock footage, etc., SAVAGELAND tells the story of the fictional massacre of an entire small Arizona border town and the one man, an illegal immigrant, arrested for the crime. But as more information and evidence comes to light, the audience is forced to delve deeper into the mystery of what really happened that night.

While I found the movie to be a little too long and repetitive in places, it is generally gripping and very intense. I also think the filmmakers may have given the answers away to the audience a little too easily and a little too soon in the movie, but as a whole, SAVAGELAND succeeds at using its' documentary format to draw you into the story and identify with the characters.

If you're like me and are constantly looking for a beacon of light at the end of the long tunnel of mediocre found-footage horror movies, I recommend checking out SAVAGELAND.


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