Red Canyon (2008)
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Red Canyon (Giovanni Rodriguez, 2008) You've seen this plot before (if you're me, you've even seen it in the last week): traumatized young thing Regina (The Hottie and the Nottie's Christine Lakin) is brought by her brother Devon (Swimming Upstream's Tim Draxl) back to the family homestead so they can sell the place, but it turns out that the traumatic event that made Regina go bats in the first place is waiting in the wings: it has something to do with Mac (The Boondock Saints' Norman Reedus), the local meth dealer, and she has to figure out what it is before (a) it happens again and/or (b) she goes nuts. (And if you can't figure out what it is from even that vague synopsis, then let me recommend you Laurie Halse Anderson's book Speak, where most of us figured out the EXACT SAME TWIST from reading the jacket copy.) Even given that it's entirely predictable, it's not a total lost cause. Reedus plays a slimeball with aplomb, even when he's the good guy (viz. Boondock Saints), and his performance here is chilling. Lakin is better when she's imitating Barbara from Night of the Living Dead, but between her and Reedus, they almost pull the rest of the cast out of the crapper. Not quite, but almost.Sonnel Velazquez' cinematography is great when he's doing wide-open spaces, but he's got to work on the cramped cave shots. He's got a future in front of him, though. Not a complete waste of time. **
God, I loved this movie - it's different and unique and totally kicked ass! Jesus, Tim Draxl is fantastic in this. Where has this guy been - he's one of the best actors I've seen in years who isn't some kind of superstar.
I wanted to see this for awhile - Reedus is my boy. This was a pretty freaky movie - and you actually had to think a little. It didn't spoon feed you - maybe one of the first horror films that felt like it was for adults. I grew up on all the favs - Halloween, Nightmare on Elm, etc... and this had the feel of the original movies - although it's not a carbon copy of anything. Good. Way to go Normie.
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