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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 »

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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
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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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France | USA

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English

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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KuroKitsu,Vixens,Firm Studio 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 »

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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 absolutely adore the creepy atmosphere of movies such as this...
11 April 2017 | by SanclerSee all my reviews

I don't mean to sound pretentious, but I think some people really ought to watch more movies before judging a gem like this. I mean, it's being criticized for being a mystery in stead of a horror, and for having an open ending. Really??

In my opinion, this is exactly how a good horror/mystery/... movie should look like. Not like the overly gore comedies (although those can be great too), and especially not like all the infantile jump-scare flicks, which this genre is utterly saturated with nowadays. Or is that really what most people would rather see? I simply don't understand... if you've seen one, you've seen 'em all.

Personally, I absolutely adore the creepy atmosphere of movies such as this. To me, it's a visual delight. I also really liked the 80's soundtrack and, as another user pointed out, the main character did indeed look like he loved what he was doing.


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