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Munger Road (2011)

Munger Road

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On the eve of the annual Scarecrow Festival, two St. Charles police officers search for a return killer the same night four teenagers go missing on Munger Road. -- (C) Official Sitemore
Rating: PG-13 (for some violence and terror, brief language and teen smoking)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Nicholas Smith
In Theaters:
On DVD: Sep 11, 2012
Box Office: $0.3M
Runtime:
Freestyle Releasing - Official Site

Cast

Bruce Davison
as Chief Kirkhoven
Randall Batinkoff
as Deputy Hendricks
Trevor Morgan
as Corey LaFayve
Lauren Storm
as Rachael Donahue
Hallock Beals
as Scott Claussen
Art Fox
as Mayor Swanson
Bill J. Stevens
as Father McCroy
Kassie S. Mullen
as Carnival Worker
Stephen J. Williford
as Carnival Worker
Kenneth Mettler
as St. Charles Firefigh...
Jeff Taro
as St. Charles Firefigh...
Andrew S. Perry
as St. Charles Firefigh...
Martin Friel
as St. Charles Firefigh...
Daniel Vidusek
as St. Charles Firefigh...
Marlin L. Sheets
as St. Charles Firefigh...
Virginia M. Smietana
as St. Charles Firefigh...
Andrew Scarlett
as St. Charles Firefigh...
Tony Cavallo
as St. Charles Firefigh...
Chad Mund
as St. Charles Firefigh...
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Critic Reviews for Munger Road

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (2)

The debut feature from writer-director Nicholas Smith, who surely will go on to more compelling work.

Full Review… | October 13, 2011
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

"Munger Road" does an efficient, skillful job of audience manipulation using the techniques of darkness and vulnerability, and the truth that a horror not seen is almost always scarier than one you can see.

Full Review… | September 29, 2011
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Using the less-is-more approach, Nicholas Smith builds the film to an effective and suspenseful climax. But then, Munger Road stops abruptly and annoyingly with a "to be continued." Really?

Full Review… | September 27, 2012
Scene-Stealers.com

I felt like I'd wasted almost an hour-and-a-half of my life on a film that wasn't even going to bother giving me a complete story.

Full Review… | September 17, 2012
Aisle Seat

Audience Reviews for Munger Road

½

What exactly did you see?

A Scarecrow Festival inspires two boys to take their dates on a trip to Munger Road where numerous rumors of hauntings plague the town. Unfortunately for them, an escaped convict is also on the loose in that area. A pair of police officers head out to find the killer. The kid's lives quickly come in danger.

"Everybody has a story about Munger Road."

Nicholas Smith delivers Munger Road in his directorial debut. The storyline for this picture is fairly mediocre and unfolds in a predictable fashion with not too many thrilling or intense sequences. The acting was also below par and the cast includes Bruce Davison, Lauren Storm, Maggie Gwin, Bill Stevens, and Randall Batinkoff.

"We're all going to die tonight anyway."

This was added to the Netflix horror queue not too long ago so I added it to the queue. Overall, it was very mediocre and nothing special. Unless you are a diehard fan of the genre, I recommend skipping this.

"It's been 11:14 for awhile now."

Grade: D

KevinRobbins
Kevin Robbins
½

It does have a moment or two, that potentially shows a good movie, but compared with the rest of the film, just blown out of the water.
The film sucks.

One line summary: Was it ghosts or the escaped convicted murderer?

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Thread 1: Corey, Joe, Scott, and Lauren are out looking for ghosts with baby powder and a very expensive camera. They get some inconclusive evidence at the Munger Road site where the ghosts are said to hang out. Then their ride dies from a cracked ignition coil housing. Scott goes looking for help. Their cell phones get no signal, and the cell phone clocks are all stopped at 11:14. Time passes slowly. Then Corey sends them a picture, then a text, 'Run.'

Thread 2: the Chief and Hendricks are looking for an escaped killer, Gunther. They want him apprehended before the Saint Charles Scarecrow Festival starts. They capture a copper thief. While continuing the hunt, they hear that Scott and Corey are missing. So they start looking for the teenagers. They find an empty van, because it's blocking a road needed to get the Festival fully setup. It's empty, and belongs to a woman in town.

The Chief and Hendricks look for Gunther in a hotel in town. The examine tunnels beneath the town, and start thinking that Munger Road is a possibility. Hendricks and the Chief decide to take separate routes to Munger Road. The Chief takes a car; Hendricks continues in the tunnel.

The teens decide to follow Corey. Then the film slips (off and on) into found-film mode, with the hand-held being the mode of recording footage. The Chief finds Joe still alive, and they meetup with Hendricks.

Will they recover the others?

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Cinematography: 6/10 There's a whole lot of dark in this film, particularly in the second half. Also, the found film segments at the end were not a plus.

Sound: 10/10 No problems.

Acting: 6/10 One of Bruce Davison's better efforts, and when he's good, he's really good. The actors who played the teens were good but not great.

Screenplay: 6/10 This was as murky as the often dark picture. The police seemed quite slow at getting to Munger Road (both to find Gunther and to find the teens). That was odd, since the Chief, anyway, seemed rather bright.

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