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Ghost Canyon

(Devon Gummersall, Derek Richardson, et al / DVD / R / (2005) 2007 / Paramount)

Overview: When a desolate highway is inextricably closed, five students sharing a ride to a party in the desert find themselves trapped in a deserted travel oasis. The students are determined to have a good time but their fun is interrupted with horrifying visions of mutilated travelers. They discover that the oasis is something of a conduit between the living and the dead. Led by a blind grad student with heightened senses, they must survive the night and confront what appears to be a terrifying abyss between the living and the dead.

DVD Verdict: 'Reeker' begins like any other teenie horror movie: the introduction shows us something evil going on somewhere (think the dog in cabin fever, the workers in creep etc.), then the title and then the teenies appear, hot for a trip to "somewhere". It's the same thing here, but I definetly prefer this movie in comparison to many other, modern teenie horror films. For one: this one is scary for sure, and that also on a psychological level because the actors are good, making you really care for the characters they play. (especially the disco-retro-guy was great, even in the making-of: "Anyway he dies on page 67.").

Two: it's a gory, but not all too brutal film. A miracle to me how reeker got m-rated, but creep didn't (creep is four times more brutal). I think it's more important to make a death scary instead of just brutal. Three: there's a story here, folks. Wouldn't call it SO INTELLIGENT, but it's got more to it than just teenies being chased. The conclusion is pretty cool, especially when you begin thinking about the details and how they made it all fit together, even they way people die. Still, there's some unexplained stuff here, which is good. You can see a connection between all things and draw some sort of explanation out of this.

Unpredictable, fun, scary, and sometimes a bit dumb, when you imagine that they sometimes see strange things they logically should warn their friends of but don't even mention a word about it. A bit of a repetion of "Hey man you okay what did you see?" - "uhm... nothing." (instead of "I just killed a guy with no lower parts.") Thinking of it, this happens several times. Maybe they think they're hallucinating so they don't dare to tell the others. The only "illogical" thing that can be funny even.

Ahhh, but did I tell you about the film's plot? Oh it's about these teenagers on a road trip to a rave party in the deserts. One has E-pills that he'd stolen from a friend. This friend had this recorded on film and later was on the road to the same party, warning his friend that if he doesn't give him the pills back, he will go after him for sure. When the driver lady gets informed about the pills, she decides not to take the owner any further, instead she would bring him to the restaurant they had just visited some miles ago. When they get back there they realize that in the meantime everybody had gone, leaving all the food behind. The car is broken, there's no gas, so they're stuck out there.

t's a bit like with IDENTITY, only that they are more friendly to each other here. Great they didn't use the clichee of everybody thinking against everybody again. When one of them tries to get help he finds an older man in a truck (M. Ironside) who is searching his wife since morning. He seems strange and dangerous at first, but in the end he's just as lost as the others, looking for answers and help. The drug dealer also is appearing every now and then somewhere, but he's worked out very well as you don't know if he's part of the danger or if he's in danger himself, he's acting very strangely which follows suit to the whole film. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Makng of 'REEKER'
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