American family named the Carters is on a
vacation and travels through the American
soutwest to go on a camping trip. They
end up in the middle of nowhere in a
desert but there's a gas station as they
load up some gas and asks the owner where
to turn to go to their destination. The
owner there is very eccentric and gives
them the wrong directions while someone
is watching them.
Then a trap is set as it causes their
tires to go flat and they all think
they're stranded so their father named
Bob Carter (Ted Levine) who is a retired
policeman hikes down to the gas station
and his son in law named Doug Bukowski
(Aaron Stanford) tries to hike down
another roadway to see if he can find
someone but the road leads to a dead end
with stranded vehicles and other
belongings. He also realises it was once
an area for a nuclear testing used by the
He returns with some belongings as it
gets dark. One of their dogs takes off as
it spots something strange. The youngest
son in the family named Bobby (Dan Byrd)
finds his dog slaughtered but is too
disturbed to tell his family what has
They still wait for their father to
return but he is knocked unconcious and
kidnapped. Then later on he is burned
alive in front of his family and a group
of cannibal terrorists kills, rapes
tortures and eats some of the family
They also kidnap Doug's baby and kills
his wife Lynne (Vinessa Shaw). He brings
along his other dog to try and track down
the cannibalistic killers and get his
baby back while two of the surviving kids
plan a booby trap for them.
There are nice shots on a gas station attendant acting strange at his gas
station looking for someone in the windy
Theres a good close up shot
on some spikes on the road with the
trailer driving towards it.
We have a nice smart ass conversation that
starts off with Doug Bukowski by talking to Bobby Carter in the
trailer while they're driving about
smoking and other stuff. We also see good
smart remarks by Big Bob Carter while driving being sarcastic
by being crude when he tells his kids not
to swear which tries to be humorous but I
didn't find it convincingly funny.
Theres a nice shot from a distance with a
look of binoculars on the family stranded
in the desert and nice creepy voices
There's a great shot of Doug walking by and spotting some torn up
vehicles in the gusting wind as well as a
terrific shot on the rocky grounds in the
desert where bombs hit with hundreds of
We have a nice silent setting on Big Bob walking in the gas station and calling
around but no one is there. He looks good
when he takes out his gun after spotting
a cut off ear in a container trying to be
He looked great pointing a gun at the gas station attendant as he acts very strangely sitting in an
The setting is most scary when Big Bob hears words calling to him and it's pitch
black and he starts shooting his gun at
whatever is out there.
A nice shot of him being dragged away
into an abandoned minining tunnel which
makes you wonder what's going to happen
A nice shot on Brenda Carter sleeping
in the trailer while a hand is touching
her and then a creepy close up shot on Pluto with an evil grin on
A nice dark shot on Bobby running
towards the rocky hills and getting
scared when he hears the voices calling
There's a better shot on the burning body
of Big Bob than in the original and everyone
is frantic trying to put out the flames
which. All of this happening looked truly
intense and disturbing.
Both Doug and Bobby pump of the intensity towards one another
arguing about going out there and killing
Good shots on Doug looking
around the ghost town with dummies being
displayed on chairs and swings.
It looked suspenseful when he enters a
house trying to rescue his baby with
letting one of the deformed
locals catching him while watching TV.
There is also a suspenseful shot on him trapped in a freezer with
pieces of dead people with him as he
pulls alot of might trying to break open
the freezer door.
There great fast action battles between Doug and Pluto with axe swinging
action as well as Pluto himself taking
you by surprise by crashing through some
Bottom line is that it seems that the
mid millenium is remaking cult horror
classics like this one and the story is
almost the exact same except for the
scene where the in-law spots the ghost
town where the cannibals live in. This film is still very intense,
disturbing and effective like the
original or even more so thanks to Wes
Craven producing this remake like he
directed and wrote the original.
The acting is very
good with an awesome cast. Lead actor Aaron
Stanford (Doug Bukowski) pulls it off nicely playing
a jack ass in law of the family with his
fresh remarks as he makes the role very
meaty plus has dynamic energy with his
performance with battling these freaks. He also does a nice battling
scene with one of the onscreen maniacs while
trying to save his baby.
Emile de Ravin (Brenda Carter) was terrific with her
crying emotions in the film and knew how
to freak out too. She pulled it off well
that I didn't know that she portrayed the
school bully Chris Hargenson in the
remake of Carrie. She is
in this remake too as both of the
original films are 70's classics. She reacts
well by freaking out about nearly getting raped in a scene. There's dynamic energy on her when she charges with a pick axe close to
the end of the film which was one of her
Dan Byrd (Bobby Carter) was another actor full of
energy as the youngest in the family
apart from the baby and can really pack a
punch with his performance. He does well running towards
the rocky hills to find his dog and shows
nice concerned expressions on his face
and really let it out when he spots his
dead dog and tries to run away which
looked suspensefully paced as you wonder
if he will make it. Does well by trying to spit out
the words of what he has to tell somebody else on what had happened but is
hesitant which keeps you occupied
wondering if he will actually tell him. He really does well at crying out towards
two of his fellow actors when he explains to them what
happened to one of their dogs and that
something is out there as he does it
I enjoyed Ted Levine's (Big Bob Carter) part as
the overly sarcastic ex-cop and stands
out the most in the film and is a true
chracter actor. Does a great job having a near athsma attack when the terror strikes him as he made that realistic and was disturbing while watching him perform within this.
We also have well done performances by
the cannibalistic killers who brings
their psychotic roles to life such as
Robert Joy (Lizard) as one of the head
maniacs who was convincing by being
Michael Bailey Smith (Pluto) stood out way
more than Michael Berryman for his role
as he looks convincingly
powerful. He also knew how to be rough on his fellow actress by
grabbing and covering her mouth and
trying to rape her.
Laura Ortiz pulled it off as an
innocent one and you really feel like
protecting her as she seems so innocent.
The gore is very
different here compared to the original
as this is the goriest flick I've seen
since Violent Shit (Which
is still the goriest one so far).
We have a slaughtered dog with a paw torn
Ripped off arms
Head blown off
Guts being eaten
Plenty of blood and lots more.
and Andy are excellent as well
with the low sounds and the surprising
thumping during the terrifying and
suspenseful moments. It was very unique as it has a great buzzing sound and sounding perfectly scary. So far they are the top composer for
horror films of the year in my books.
We have a
sountrack performed by Webb Pierce, Moot
Davis, Wires on Fire, The Go, Elaine
Suchow, Vault, Circe Link, The Vanguards,
Buddy Stuart and The Finalist.
Gas Station Attendant:
Ruby, is that you?
Bobby Carter: Can
you hand me a twinkie?
Lizard: [Pluto is
raping Brenda. Lizard comes over to him
and starts beating him] You gotta be
a man to do that!
Carter: Is Big Bob back?
Doug Bukowski: Not yet
Bukowski: Bobby, where are you going?
Bobby Carter: Fucking kill those
Bukowski: [while searching for
baby Katherine, Doug encounters Big
Brains] Where's my daughter?
Big Brain: Big Brains:
Big Brain: [wheezing]
Big Brain: I don't know where she
is, I never leave this place. Your people
asked our families to leave the towns,
and you destroyed our homes. We went into
the mines, you set off your bombs, and
turned everything to ashes. You made us
what we've become. Boom! Boom! Boom!
Big Brain: [Laughs]
Doug Bukowski: What's so Funny?
Big Brain: It's breakfast time!
[Suddenly Pluto breaks through the
door with an axe and swings it at Doug]
Deformed Child: Mister, will you play
Bukowski: Give me back my baby!
Carter: [Papa Jupiter has just
been impaled in an explosion, but he is
not fully dead. Brenda comes charging out
of nowhere with a pick-axe and slams it
into the mutants head - killing him]
Carter: Come on, let's get out of
here. Oh, my God. Look, Bobby.