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.
Horror , Mystery & Suspense , Western
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Ian Duncan
as Clark
Tess Panzer
as Summer
Andrew Howard
as Joseph
Sarah Essex
as Innkeeper

Critic Reviews for Blood River

All Critics (2)

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.

Full Review… | April 14, 2009
Dread Central

The 'scary stuff' ranges from sexual tension and psychological torture to theological threats and simple fear of death by dehydration...

Full Review… | April 3, 2009

Audience Reviews for Blood River


Part horror, part psychological thriller and completely disturbing. I liked it...I think. Unlike so many films, Blood River doesn't walk you through the plot or beat you with it's meaning. Well acted, stunningly filmed and superbly directed. It does move at a slower pace and requires a good bit of thought and participation on the part of the audience to make it a worthwhile watch, but it is. This is the type of story your mind keeps coming back to again and again to puzzle over details.

John Wagner
John Wagner

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.

Lee ?
Lee ?

Super Reviewer


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.

Greg S
Greg S

Super Reviewer

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