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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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France | USA



Release Date:

6 April 2017 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Kill/Off See more »

Filming Locations:

El Mirage, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

KuroKitsu,Vixens,Firm Studio See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


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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The director just wants to torture the audience by not giving any explanation, don't fall for that like I did.
10 April 2017 | by mizuruauSee all my reviews

LOL.. I'm not good at writing reviews but think I do feel like writing something for this. There were a few other reviews before mine and I agreed with most of them that this film did start out interesting. cinematography is done quite nicely and the mystery with all these questions in your mind as you are watching keep you watch till the end. Then you simply hit the wall, I mean, they make you hit the wall real hard.. lol.. I just have to laugh a few more times to feel less stupid about myself. There really are no spoilers if you ask me because there is nothing to reveal in the end. I mean.. it's just like that.. "well that's it?" you keep asking yourself this question for 5 minutes. You sit there staring at the end credits and you mind is blank. I watched a lot of movies which had mysterious endings but it's fine because it still gave me some kind of hints to imagine the rest with my little mind. But this? I don't know if the director thinks he's being clever while I think this is just plain lazy to make a ZERO ending like this. Sorry I told you in the beginning I wasn't good at writing reviews... **flies away laughing**

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