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Having just caught her boyfriend (Brett Johnston) in bad with another
woman (Ali Williams) is only the last straw for Claire (Ashley James), who
after a rather unsuccessful acting career has had it with LA up to here,
and before even she knows it, she sits in her car on the road back to
Chicago - but the trip through rural USA soon starts to freak her out, and
it's not long before she loses her cellphone, then her car breaks down,
and the guy (Wes O'Lee) who takes her to the next one-horse town doesn't
look all that trustworthy ... but hey, he takes her to the local garage,
and Claire even manages to persuade the garage owner Eddie (Mark
Scheibmeir) to give her a good rebate on the repairs as such.
night, at the local bar, Claire starts to realize how little she, used to
the LA lifestyle, fits in with the locals, so she's happy to spot Eddie
among the customers, and even if he's somewhat creepy, she's happy to have
someone to talk to, just to not have to remember her boyfriend shagging
another woman and everything else that went wrong that day. And then ...
she passes out ...
When Claire comes to, she finds herself tied to a
chair in Eddie's garage, and Eddie proves to be not at all the taciturn
weirdo she has come to almost like but a dangerous psychopath with traces
of megalomania, and he not only tortures her with knives, fire, acid and
whatnot, he also insists that he is actually doing this for her,
teaching her something about herself. But while Claire might be down for
the count, she's not one to give up easily ...
is a piece of psycho horror that, on a presumably rather low budget,
really understands how to create tension and build up suspense via
eerie situations and atmosphere before the film goes all-out mean in the
last third. Before that, it keeps you guessing where the story might go,
but guessing in a good, uneasy way, and it really pays off eventually, the
scenes of Claire in the hand of the psychopath are properly gruesome,
though never forgetting the psychological backbone of the story, either.
And add to that a compact directorial effort that knows when less is more,
and a very competent cast, and you've got yourself a very nice little
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