The Oregonian (2012)
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Critic Reviews for The Oregonian
"The Oregonian" teases us with horror and amnesia-mystery conventions without sealing the deal either way.
Advocates of bad-trip cinema, you may commence cult-worshipping this warped nightmare now.
Writer-director Calvin Lee Reeder, making his feature debut, isn't interested in satisfying the conventional expectations of an audience.
Tedious horror experiment steals gimmicks from actual avant-garde works and makes them look dull.
Reeder shows a knack for unsettling audiovisual textures, but once it's clear The Oregonian will offer no real storyline or explanations, viewer patience wears thin.
Audience Reviews for The Oregonian
A woman has an accident driving in the deserted woods and finds herself trapped in a world where nothing makes sense. The director, Calvin Reeder, accurately describes it as a "surrealist/experimental movie with splashes of horror"; about a fourth of the audience walked out of the screening I saw, more likely from boredom than shock. If you're going to make a film with essentially no plot, every individual scene needs to be a knockout, and that's just not the case with THE OREGONIAN. But it gets points for remaining defiantly weird, and for a couple of very nice funny/creepy touches: a man whose pee turns all the colors of the rainbow, and a man-sized green muppet character.
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