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Blood River

Canadian Premiere

  • England 2008
  • 103 min
  • HD
  • English
Official Selection: Boston Underground Film Festival 2009
Official Selection: Atlanta Film Festival 2009

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"Intense, violent, and thoroughly thrilling... A tour de force in every sense of the phrase" QUIET EARTH

"Like a cross between LOST WEEKEND, THE HITCHER, and Richard Stanley's DUST DEVIL" - Scott Weinberg, FEAR.NET


Director: Adam Mason
Screenplay: Adam Mason, Simon Boyes
Cast: Andrew Howard, Tess Panzer, Ian Duncan
Producers: Mary Church, Patrick Ewald, Adam Mason
Distributor: Epic Pictures


A young couple drives through the Nevada desert. They are young and in love. Their goal is to tell the woman's parents that they will soon be grandparents. She is pregnant and life is good. Good, at least, until a blowout leaves them bloody and stranded in scorching heat. The only other living soul for miles is the hitchhiker they ignored at the side of the road shortly before the accident. Will the stranger bring salvation or damnation? Both seem possible in BLOOD RIVER, Adam Mason's Old Testament-style story of sin and punishment, a film steeped in the grim religion of William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor.

Mason should be well known to Fantasia-goers as the director of BROKEN (and THE DEVIL'S CHAIR). And while BLOOD RIVER reunites him with regular writer Simon Boyes and his DEVIL'S CHAIR star Andrew Howard, it also represents a radical departure from his earlier work and the arrival of Mason as a truly original voice and cinematic force to be reckoned with. Desolate and unforgiving, BLOOD RIVER features a powerhouse performance from Howard and cinematography so striking that it turns the blasted landscape into a potent fourth character. This world is a hard and hostile place, humanity seemingly helpless in the face of it, but the real threat, it quickly becomes apparent, lies within. A difficult film that raises more questions than it answers and resists easy categorization, BLOOD RIVER simmers with a truly disturbing energy. No disposable piece of entertainment, it is a film that will stick in the minds of its viewers long after the final frame.

—Todd Brown

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