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'Blood Trails'
(Rebecca R. Palmer, Ben Price, Tom Frederic, et al / DVD / R / (2006) 2007 / LGF)

Overview: Bike messenger Anne never imagined the horrific events that would unfold after her one-night-stand with stranger Chris.

DVD Verdict: 'Blood Trails,' the story of a woman who - in guilt - gets away from life with boyfriend - who she just cheated on - to attempt to make things better. Too bad for her, her guilt isn't the only thing that follows her into the woods.

I feel 'Blood Trails' had a lot more potential than it showcased. With what it did show, I didn't particularly enjoy. It was a repeated showcase. After we see the set-up of the cheating, the break-up, the getting back together, and the getting to the cabin woods - we have our leading lady witness a murder, ride on her bike, scream a lot, witness another murder (of a random man in the woods), ride on her bike, scream a lot, witness yet another mother of another random man in the woods, actually get the chance to confront the murderer as to why he's following her, then start riding on her bike and screaming some more.

I understand that we are led to believe that the chick is helpless and distraught after seeing so much grisly going on. But why not go the helpless gal route, and turn around and go the way you came and find your way to safety instead of riding around and screaming? It became tiring after a while, and eventually bored me to closing my eyes a few times. Only to open them at the sound of chick riding and screaming again.

There are some little shining moments in this mess, though. The visuals are pretty great. The colors and landscapes all were full and very mood setting. Rebecca Palmer, the lead, finally stopped getting on my nerves when it came to the conclusion in the cabin, and especially when it came to the final shot of the movie. Our resident madman, Tom Frederic, was the only actor to stay strong throughout the entire film. His facial expressions and his eyes did most of the work for him, and that was okay. And there's a nifty "that would never happen in real life" kind of kill that I wish was capitalized a little more.

In the end ... well, that's all I really enjoyed about 'Blood Trails,' was the end. And I mean the end by the last 15 minutes or so. It could have been just a 20 minute short film and it would have been amazing! This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of some Trailers.