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USA 2013
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Megan Freels Johnston, Debra Trevino, Ashley James (executive), Eric Potter (executive) for Look At Me Films
directed by Megan Freels Johnston
starring Ashley James, Mark Scheibmeir, Wes O'Lee, Julia Beth Stern, Kevin Bulla, Brett Johnston, Liz Bauer, Ali Williams, Bruce Cole-Edwards, Dan Sutter, James Tyler Johnson
written by Megan Freels Johnston, music by Michael Boateng, special makeup effects by Joanne Adolfo

review by
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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.

Later that 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 ...


Rebound 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 chiller!


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