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Rogue River [DVD]
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 23 January 2014
To get the good stuff out of the way first. It has Bill Moseley in it. The motives of the kidnappers had potential but was not fully explained so is pretty irrelevant. And that about covers it.

The script is trite, the film is trite. It starts with a girl who goes to some rural location to scatter the ashes of her Dad down a river. While there she meets a seemingly friendly man who offers to walk her back to her car. When they get back to the road however, her car has vanished without trace. The mans explanation is that the local sheriff probably towed it away. I mean come on, she was only there for like 10 minutes! Enough time for the authorities to pass by, arrange a tow truck and just simply take it without checking around first? OK. Anyway, was the girl upset or angry that her car was missing? No. Does she bother to question this guys explanation? No. From this point onwards it just gets worse, the 'highlight' being a scene of unintentional forced incest which is so poorly realised it is just ridiculous and more funny if anything.

There are so many plot holes here and questionable decisions that it borders on ludicrous. Bill Moseley is great but he can't save this hopelessly generic film. Avoid at all costs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Mara is a very attractive, twenty-something Californian brunette. She visits Oregon's Rogue River to scatter her father's ashes, but whilst she's at the riverside, her car gets towed away. A passerby, a middle-aged guy named Jon, offers her a lift to his house, to meet his wife Lea. At this point, any woman with an IQ in double figures would be on their mobile calling for a taxi, but no, Mara accepts the invite back to Jon's place.
Mara ends up back at a secluded cabin in the woods. The older couple convince her to stay the night instead of going to a local motel. Mara has a kitchen accident and sustains a deep laceration to her hand. She insists on going to a doctor, but the couple refuse and Lea forcibly applies sutures to her hand. At this point, any woman with an IQ in double figures would be on their mobile calling for a taxi, or running away through the woods, but no, Mara stays put.
It soon becomes apparent that Jon is a complete loony tunes, with a wife who's equally unhinged. Inevitably, they make Mara their captive, and what ensues is Mara's struggle for survival and escape. The film does have a few genuinely chilling moments, even though the pacing is slightly lethargic. The acting is okay, and there's a pretty sick twist in the tale, which I didn't see coming.
This film is very similar in concept to Stephen King's Misery (James Caan and Kathy Bates) - i.e. a stranded individual gets taken in by a Good Samaritan, who turns out to have sinister ulterior motives. It's not worth the price of a blu ray (if you want this sort of tale on blu ray, Misery is a better buy - Misery [Blu-ray] [1990] [Region Free]). However, it's not bad value if you can buy the DVD for only two or three quid.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 22 February 2012
I'm a huge fan of Bill Moseley, but sadly this is really not the awesome film it could have been.
Like other reviews say this film had so much potential but it feels like the director just got bored one weekend and thought "well i could just throw together a horror film" the script is poor and the acting is pretty rubbish!
Its not the worst film i've ever seen, but it could have been a lot better!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I watched this film the same night that it was delivered and I have to say it's not your everyday run of the mill horror flick that we as horror fans know and enjoy.
The cover is probably why a lot of people will buy it but the comments on the Blu-Ray case is what got me thinking this could be a very good flick to view.
To sum it up, I would recommend that you look past the scantily clad woman on the picture who doesn't even look like this in the movie as she doesn't even go into the water and just enjoy it.
Horror has been waiting for a flick like this since Last House on the Left and The Girl Next Door (Jack Ketchum).
Don't spend more than £10 on it though.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 18 January 2012
i saw a trailer and thought it looked great but when i saw it its rubbish the script is poor and u just cant see why she would stay with them it could have been so much better
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The movie opens with a potential plot spoiler as it shows you a scene near the end of the film. Why do they do that?

In the next scene a brother and sister are talking. She goes to an isolated spot along Rogue River, Oregon where the trees are all the right height, to scatter her father's ashes. While there, she meets a nice man (Bill Moseley) who is slightly creepy. When she gets back to the road, her car is missing! With no cell reception, the creep offers her a lift, but first must stop by and tell his wife.

The wife (Lucinda Jenney) insists Mara (Michelle Page) stay for dinner and spend the night. They will get her car tomorrow...as the night goes on things get creepier bit by bit as her hosts are not what they seem. The couple has some dirty little secrets, that are not too difficult to figure out, but you are drawn into the fact there appears to be a distinct method behind their madness.

I was disappointed in much of the film. Fairly Cliche.

Parental Guide: F-bomb, sex, torture, no nudity.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 24 May 2012
Naff film not worth the money even second hand. Cheply made and cheese. There seems to be a lot of these straight to DvD movies that aren't worth the plastic there made from.
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Okay, so the premise is as old as the hills in horror movie history - girl-on-her-own gets lost in unknown territory and ends up being either hunted and/or captured by the locals.

And there is nothing new here in Rogue River. However, I actually found I enjoyed (most) of it - which is more than I normally enjoy of this type of clichéd horror film.

First of all, when you watch these movies, you normally ask yourself the question: What would I do in this situation? If you see the heroine running away from the killer when she could have just put a bullet in his head then you begin to lose interest and start to hate it due to its obvious lack of realism. At least in Rogue River, the heroine isn't completely stupid. She does make logical decisions and does her best to escape. Therefore I found it watchable and wasn't shouting instructions at my TV screen.

All in all, it's worth a watch if you feel you can sit through another film like this.

It's only real drawback was the ending. I won't say too much about it for fear of spoiling it, but, in my opinion, there were `questionable' decisions made by the writers which I felt wouldn't have happened in real life. But, despite that, I did enjoy most of the film which, as I've said, is more than I normally do of films with such `been-there/done-that' plots.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 27 January 2012
I was really looking forward to this considering the trailer looked pretty good and I have seen other After Dark films like Husk which are awesome!! But sadly this is nowhere near as good and is a HUGE disappointment. Firstly the script is pretty bad and the story has no meaning what so ever, the film is mostly boring because all the best bits are already shown in the trailer. There are one or two gruesome scenes and that is it! Secondly the film makes no sense at all, and there is no real story behind it. Michelle Page is a good actress in this but nothing special, Lucinda Jenney saves the film and stops me rating it with a 1 star and Even Bill Moseley isn't very good in it. If your a huge fan of some of the After Dark movies and you want to add this one to your collection, then I suggest you wait till the price goes down, I wouldn't pay anymore than £4.99 for this and that's being kind!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 3 February 2012
Only the most naive and idiotic of people would allow themselves to wind up in the silly and borderline hilarious situation that the girl in this film gets into. From the opening scenes where she gets into a strangers car, who then takes her to meet his wife, who then offers her to stay in their house, she almost deserves everything she gets. So for that reason alone this film is impossible to take seriously in any way. Because of that, there is little tension and no empathy with any of the characters. The wooden acting is the icing on the cake of this stupid and vaguely unpleasant movie. Almost every scene in this production has been done better many times in the past, so if you want a 'crazy locals terrify visitor in the house' type film, then re-watch The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (original or remake).
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