Road Kill (1994)
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A naive kid on his way to start college in California (Bridgers) is hitchhiking across the United States when he is picked up by a couple (Perry and Porter) who are murdering and robbing travelers and motel clerks. "Road Kill" is a strange movie. I'm not entirely sure what the overall point of it was, but my enjoyment in watching came from guessing when Josh, who must be the most sheltered of sheltered small-town boys, was going to realize there was something seriously wrong with the people he was traveling with. I also got a kick out of the way the film drifts further and further into a reality that exists seperate from anywhere else, a place when the mad-dog killers and their clueless passenger can pick up a hitchhiking clown (literally... with balloons, big shoes, and full facepaint) in the middle of nowhere! I'm hestitant to say much more about the actual content of the film, as it's one of those movies that's best experienced with an unbiased mind... my summary above may even give away a little too much about the flick. Think of it as "The Hitcher" in reverse--the innocent sap is picked up by the maniac instead of the other way aroud--but with more humor and far stranger. (And with a creepier death scene... one of the victims is murdered by having his nose and mouth superglued shut!) This is the third movie I've seen by Tony Elwood, and it confirms without a doubt that he is a master of making low-budget movies with nasty edges to them. If you want to see a film that truly embodies the "grindhouse" vibe that got marketed to death a year or two ago, and you want to make sure you're not subjecting yourself to complete and utter crap, you need to get a copy of this film, the underrated horror classic "Killer" ( [url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/vine/journal_view.php?journalid=245672&entryid=515328&view=public"]review here[/url]), or watch for Elwood's forthcoming release "Cold Storage" ([url="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/vine/journal_view.php?journalid=245672&entryid=510556&view=public"]review here[/url]). He has a great eye for how to set up a scene, and he knows to get the most drama and suspense out of what he has to work with. And in a picture where much of the action is fairly static--there are a lot of conversations in cars and hotel rooms--this is a valuable ability. "Road Kill" is a quirky thriller that's definately worth a look. The low budget origins of the film are visible at times--there are some issues with sound quality and color correction here and there--but the film offers more than enough excitement and content in other areas to make up for such minor blemishes. With a clever and strange script, a cast of decent actors--Andrew Porter as the psychotic driver Clint, Jeff Pillars as a slimey hotel owner, and Nick Searcy as a clown that I think any of us might want to kill if subjected to him, are especially effective in their roles--and some gruesome death scenes, it's a ride you should take. [url="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00013UPZG?ie=UTF8&tag=stevemillesdo-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00013UPZG"]"Road Kill" is available on DVD from Amazon.com.[/url] For more information on this and other films by Tony Elwood, visit the website for production company Synthetic Fur [url="http://www.syntheticfur.com/"]by clicking here[/url]. Road Kill (aka "Road-Kill U.S.A.") Starring: Sean Bridgers, Andrew Porter, Deanna Perry, Nick Searcy, Jeff Pillars, and Andy Boswell Director: Tony Elwood
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