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Critic Reviews for Driftwood
Driftwood is presented and promoted as a horror movie with psychological elements, and while this is true, it undersells what is an effective psycho thriller, less about gore and horror, more about story and character.
Audience Reviews for Driftwood
Written and directed by the same guy who did the fairly awful 2001 Maniacs, this is very different sort of film. It is a serious film about serious issues but with an overlay and ending of ghostly thriller. You could oversimplify matters by describing it as Devil's Backbone with older boys set in 21st Century Florida instead of Spain in the 1920s. The story is disturbing and the most disturbing part is that, aside from the ghost, so much of it is a quite realistic depiction of high priced "attitude adjustment" camps that so many kids wind up in because they smoke a little pot or listen to heavy metal music or are gay. The story is very strong and the direction is solid. The acting is really outstanding. Raviv Ullman gives a powerful performance as a troubled teen thrown into a hellish institution by his clueless parents. Another very outstanding performance is that of Diamond Dallas Page in the role of the villain, who is really great in the role. This is a very good drama with excellent thriller qualities.
With a very few scares, this film fails to meet it's goal for being a scary flick.
Diamond Dallas Page and a all teen cast for a all teen audience. Still worth 3 stars.
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