The Taking Of Deborah Logan, just click the link! For here, I went with the movie The Locals (2003).
Best friends Grant (John Barker) and Paul (Dwayne Cameron) decide to get out of the city and head out for some fun. After driving for a while, they come across a bridge that Grant says is a shortcut. According to the sign, the road is closed, but they soon see another car. This one has Kelly (Kate Elliott) and Lisa (Aidee Walker). The two girls invite our guys to a party, which the guys quickly accept. On the way there though, Grant loses control of his car and gets stuck. Unable to get it back on the road, they go looking for some help. This leads them to a house where they end up seeing a guy slit the throat of some woman. Now the guy and some others are after them, but the locals aren't what they seem.
I wasn't sure where this film was from at first, but I knew it wasn't a film from the United States because of the accents. As it turns out, the film is from New Zealand. I'm pretty sure I have watched a horror movie from there before, but I still found it to be pretty cool. I don't think the plot is based off any local legends, but I could be wrong on that. It seems at first that we might have a group of killers after our two guys, but that changes once it is revealed that at least one of the characters kind of helping our guys is a ghost. I don't think the guys realize this, but it was pretty obvious all the same. This made the story a bit more interesting, but it also tipped off what was coming ahead. The plot has been done many times, but I still need to give credit to writer/director Greg Page for changing it up just slightly. The main bad guy feels he controls everyone that has entered his land, so it isn't a story about people who have died and don't know that until the end of the film. To my surprise, the main thing others don't like about this film is the lighting. The majority of the film takes place at night, but we can always see the actors. I didn't really notice this until I started reading the complaints about this, but it is true. I didn't feel it took away from the film, but for some, it did. While it wasn't realistic, it was nice at the same time since I never had to wonder what the hell was going on since I can't see what is happening.
There wasn't a lot for effects. Some blood here and there, and some people catch on fire at one point. The main effect is someone turning to dust, which seems to have been done with time lapse. To be honest, it wasn't the best effect around, but from what I understand, this was a pretty low budget film. It was used more than once to show that the peron or object is older than it appears, and really was the only thing I really didn't like about The Locals. The acting wasn't too bad. I enjoyed John Barker and Dwayne Cameron in their roles, and I like Kate Elliott and Aidee Walker as well. What I liked about the two women wasn't so much the actors, as it was the characters. While they screamed and such at danger, in the end they weren't afraid to fight either. I liked that about them.
I enjoyed The Locals and found in it interesting enough to keep me from wanting to do other stuff while I watched it, but it still didn't think it really stood out to me. It isn't a bad film at all, especially for a low budget film. It is a fun film though so will suggest looking for it if it sounds like an interesting film to you. From what I understand, it has been on the Chiller network if you have that. It is also out there on DVD as well of course. Don't let the lighting ruin it for you. Get out there and start watching.
3 out of 5 Don't fall down a hill in the country
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