Blood River (2009)
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A young couple driving from California to Arizona to announce that they are expecting a baby are forced to contend with a malevolent stranger after getting into a near fatal car accident in this desert-bound shocker from Adam Mason, co-director of the 2006 indie thriller Broken. The year is 1969, and happily married California couple Clark and Summer have just found out that Summer is pregnant. Excited to share the good news with Summer's parents in Arizona, the couple packs up their car and heads out on the highway. Later, as they make their way through the barren and sun scorched desert, the couple is nearly killed when they experience a blow out and their car goes careening out of control. Though both have been badly injured in the accident and Summer is terrified for the health of her unborn child, they cautiously make their way to an abandoned nearby town known as Blood River. While there isn't a soul to be found in Blood River, a mysterious figure named Joseph suddenly appears out of nowhere, instantly challenging Clark while instigating a tense and deadly confrontation. … More
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Critic Reviews for Blood River
What's so great about Blood River, is that nothing is spelled out for the audience. Your hand is not held nor your steps guided through this plot.
Audience Reviews for Blood River
A road-tripping couple break-down in the Californian desert and are joined by a mysterious drifter who starts to create tension between them all. Moves along slowly and without much incident for the first hour, but a twist in the plot sets up a compelling last 30 minutes. Worth a watch but you'll need patience.
A mysterious drifter makes trouble for a young couple when their car breaks down in the desert. A very good performance by newcomer Andrew Howard as the cowboy prophet/supernatural serial killer makes this slightly talky, pseudo-religious horror film watchable.
This is a fantastic mind-fucker thriller. While not genius or groundbreaking, it is certainly engaging. The film focuses in on three characters, stranded in a desert. Considering how easy that setup is to do in a boring way, it's quite impressive how writer/director Adam Mason keeps building the tension. The conclusion may anger some, but will baffle all (as it intended to be an ambiguous one). This is certainly not a jump-scare movie but a psychological spiritual horror. I highly recommend.
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