Dir: Ryuhei Kitamura
An assorted group of strangers back packing through the Australian outback decide to share a ride, unfortunately it leads them into a massacre. Six newly met friends are sharing a ride through an online service, which will take them through the sparsely populated Australian outback. While passing through a mountainous valley road one of their SUV's tires suffers a mysterious blow-out. The group struggles to solve their dilemma, but as they can't seem to find a cell phone signal, they resort to changing the tire themselves. Inexplicably, a single shot rings out, and a bullet tears through one of the unexpecting teenagers. Suddenly the group is trapped on a deserted stretch of road, caught in a sadistic snipers cross hairs, and there is no help in sight.
Ryuhei Kitamura proves once again he has the directorial ability to create unique horror. Here he takes a rather simple premise, infusing it with his trademark over the top violence, and black comedy. Although it doesn't live up to his previous high impact films Versus, and Midnight Meat-Train, it does carry itself surprisingly well for a straight forward film. The violence like any Kitamura film is center stage, and part of the thrilling fun here. While many mainstream films go for cgi effects and less violence, this film heaps on a variety of fantastically gore soaked practicals. And while the storyline is extremely simplistic in nature, and the acting is sadly rather amateur over-all, this is by a horror fan meant for horror fans. The locations are wonderfully scenic backdrops of Australia's beautiful but harsh natural habitat. And there are a suprising number of clever well crafted twists, matched with tense moments that keep things flowing nicely. Over-all a devilishly good time for any horror fan looking for a twist on your normal slasher-film set-up.
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