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Sam Was Here (2016)

Not Rated | | Horror, Mystery, Thriller | 6 April 2017 (France)
California, Mojave Desert, 1998. A strange glow appears in the sky. Sam, a forty-something door-to-door salesman, travels through the few inhabited zones of the Californian desert in search... See full summary »


Christophe Deroo


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Cast overview:
Rusty Joiner ... Sam
Sigrid La Chapelle Sigrid La Chapelle ... Eddy
Rhoda Pell ... Rebecca Saxton
Hassan Galedary Hassan Galedary ... Thomas Payne


California, Mojave Desert, 1998. A strange glow appears in the sky. Sam, a forty-something door-to-door salesman, travels through the few inhabited zones of the Californian desert in search of clients, yet everything seems deserted. What's more, his wife won't answer his calls. It's as if everyone were avoiding him. When his car breaks down, Sam becomes a prisoner of the empty, hostile environment. Alone and without human contact for days on end, he listens continuously to a talk-show on the only local radio station. The host, a man named Eddy, takes calls from listeners who share their thoughts on a child killer at large in the area. At the same time, Sam starts getting psychologically harassed by strange threats he receives on his pager. Gradually, people begin to reappear and attempt to kill him. Sam has become a target and he must now defend himself. Little by little he loses it, caught up in a paranoid identity crisis. Is he truly the killer they're after, or is he being driven ... Written by Christophe Deroo

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Release Date:

6 April 2017 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Kill/Off See more »

Filming Locations:

El Mirage, California, USA See more »

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2.35 : 1
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The director himself told that the ending was not so important to be understood, but only the atmosphere, like a painting. See more »


After Sam drives with his car over the spikes on the road, it's clearly seen that the rear tires are intact. See more »

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I really liked it!
30 November 2017 | by adjuster26See all my reviews

I am most likely going against the grain in my review here but I really liked this movie. I took a chance on it despite some bad reviews and am glad I did. That being said, I can see why a lot of people don't like this movie. It does not explain much. In fact it doesn't explain anything really. But that is part of what I liked. Movies today leave nothing to the imagination as everything is completely spelled out. Besides, how many times have you watched a film and said "I hate that ending" even when it was concluded at the end. Yes, this film does leave the viewer to do a lot of concluding on their own. Still, I loved the scary and very eerie atmosphere. Not a whole lot happens until the very end and yet even early on I could not stop watching. Everything was so eerie that I had to keep watching. I could really put myself in the almost lone actor's shoes and feel the fear and confusion he was feeling all through the movie. I do recommend trying this movie even though I know many will not like it. For some like myself, I think you will really like it!

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