Jason Liquori, Nancy Liquori for Hocus Focus Productions
directed by Jason Liquori
starring Debbie Rochon, Joel D. Wynkoop, Karen White, Kevin White, Heather Noel Clark (= Heather Saint-Noel), Johanne Marie Maurasse, Mike Christopher, Kurt Beckelman, Melissa Morse, Cyndi Crotts, Kenneth Matthews, Catherine R.Mitchell, Megan Spiven, Jeffrey Pane, W.Lee Schwister, Philip Boland, Randall Thorton, Willam Tillery, Shade Burnett, Toni Randall, Brianna Cellini, Melanie Robel, Michelle Dion
written by Jason Liquori, music by Robert Reider
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Dante (Kevin White) and Minerva (Karen White) take their good friends
Bob (Joel D. Wynkoop) and Margaret (Debbie Rochon) on a camping trip in
their new van - but the trip seems to be doomed from day one as Bob ...
well, he's not in the best of moods, has nightmares of murdering Margaret,
and to make matters worse, he thinks she's having an affair with Dante. He
hides all of this behind a slightly obsessive attitude, trying to keep to
a schedule noone has ever agreed on, and (unintentionally) spoiling
everybody's fun. Dante and Margaret take it easy though, which - based on
his suspicions - infuriates Bod even more. Eventually, he takes a walk
just to let off steam, sneaks up on a bunch of bikers partying by a
campfire, and ...
Bob comes dashing back to the car, insisting he has
seen a murder, and "they" are after him.
Speeding through the
night, Bob pretty much causes two accidents, but after a while, the bikers
actually do catch up with the van, take a few shots at it ... and miss?
Somehow Bob manages to shake the bikers, and in one of the next towns, he
can actually be convinced to tell everything to the police - but his story
has holes. Somehow Bob manages to convince his friends though that the
police have conspired with the bikers, and they are on the run now. So
almost aimlessly they drive through the countryside for days, and Bob's
paranoia seems infectuous. But there are a few things odd every here and
there: Why seem their cellphones to never work, why are all the payphones
Bob tries broken, why do they leave a trail of murdered people behind them
... and why is one of the officers (Johanne Marie Maurasse) they reported
the murder to following them.
And then Margaret just goes outside for a
pee ... and ends up dead ...
A fun low budget take on Race
with the Devil (the film is even quoted in this one), but told
from a radically different perspective and with a radically different
outcome. Sure, the film is not perfect, and sometimes the lack of budget
does show (especially in the very downplayed chase scene with the bikers)
- but on the other hand the very restricted sets actually work in the
film's favour, and the script is well-written with a proper build-up and
plenty of scenes of tension and suspense, while not forgetting to let a
hint of humour sneak in. And Joel D. Wynkoop hams it up gloriously (but
fittingly so), while the always dependable Debbie Rochon is great as
Pretty good, actually!