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quietearth [Celluloid 11.12.07] movie review horror

Year: 2007
Director: Alex Orr
Writers: Hugh Braselton, Alex Orr, Adam Pinney
IMDB entry: IMDB
Interview with Alex Orr: link
Trailer: link
Amazon link: link
Review by: quietearth
Rating: 8 out of 10
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Key Characters:
Archie (Mike Brune)
Lorraine (Anna Chlumsky)
Denise (Katie Rowlett)

Let's take a time machine forward 2 weeks where gas prices have skyrocketed to over 30 dollars a gallon, where truckers can't drive, where nobody drives. Enter a vegan do-gooder kindergarten teacher who indoctrinates his students with all sorts of leftist politics like the Kyoto protocol, his name is Archie. No not meathead, it's Archie. He's trying to get his engine running on wheat grass so people can drive again and the environment will be "safe".

The Story:
I bet you've guessed by now, but the wheat gross mobile doesn't work. Archie is drunk one night and cuts himself, his blood accidentally going into the engine tank and voila! The engine starts running. So next day after school he races home and bleeds himself something good, puts it in a gallon milk jug, and puts it in his car. Vroom Vroom!

Archie rolls up to the Vegan stand (which is opposite the meat stand) and of course Lorraine is amazed, but before she can say anything further Denise steps in and asks Archie if he will give her a ride. This starts Archies "intimate" relationship with Denise and his long spiral into madness, using humans as fuel. It's fun for the whole family!

The Rating:
I originally saw this at the Toronto After Dark film festival and even with it's heavily controversial content (namely shooting animals and little kids) the crowd loved it. I was talking Lolita (who will hopefully be doing reporting for us soon) after the film, and she said she really had to give them credit for shooting little kids. In our radio interview with Alex Orr (writer/director) he called the shooting kids thing a "comedy goldmine". I must agree. He just broke down a comedic barrier.

This is not for those with a weak stomach, but if you are into wicked horror with some serious dark comedy, you will love this! This is one of the 5 best movies of the year, Alex and Fake Wood Wallpaper hit a grand slam with their first feature. Should I stop waxing the good things? No, there wasn't anything bad.. well maybe he could have put some gore in from shooting the kids. Anyone? Anyone? 8 out of 10.

Don't forget to check out our interview with Alex (top of the review).

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