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The Victim

Quebec Premiere
  • USA
  • 2012
  • 83 mins
  • HD
  • English
Hosted by Actress/Producer Jennifer Blanc-Biehn and Actor/Writer/Director Michael Biehn

“A sexy, fun little grindhouse film” — Nordling, AIN’T IT COOL NEWS

“Biehn’s ultra low-budget ode to B-movie sleaze is a lot of fun to behold” — Kake Dee, ARROW IN THE HEAD

With an unexpected crack, an afternoon in the woods flies off the handle and goes shockingly awry, leaving Annie (Jennifer Blanc-Biehn) scrambling through untamed wilderness, seeking refuge with anyone daft enough to lend her help. Luckily, a quiet hermit named Kyle (Michael Biehn) hears her screams and, after ample pleading, decides to conceal the terrified woman in his secluded mountain home. But as he quickly discovers, Annie’s being hunted by a duo of badge-wielding baddies (Ryan Honey and Denny Kirkwood) who want nothing more than to give her a permanent right to remain silent. From then on, it’s a twisted game of cat-and-mouse as Annie and her reclusive guardian come up with an unrelenting series of ploys aimed at taking out their determined pursuers. But as the blood starts flowing and the tension steadily mounts, the lines between victim, protector, and attacker blur — and the film’s ambiguous title starts to apply to just about everyone who pops up onscreen.

Writer, director, and star Michael Biehn delivers in this dark, independent thiller produced by his wife Jennifer. From its sleazy opening shot of HALLOWEEN hottie Danielle Harris in a painfully compromising position, to brandings, head-bashings and bullets slicing through torsos, what starts — and occasionally returns to — understated camp ultimately becomes an established backwoods thriller interlaced with real human drama. From James Cameron spectacles such as THE TERMINATOR and ALIENS to Xavier Gens’ apocalyptic THE DIVIDE (which screened at last year’s Fantasia), Biehn is always larger than life, delivering performances that fervently shake the pillars of cinema. Here, as the lonely Kyle, he dials it back to almost frighteningly restrained levels, giving his supporting cast a chance to feel like they’re overpowering him with their various heights of insanity. But therein lies Biehn’s trap… It only takes Kyle the blink of an eye to turn the tables on everyone: going from mild to wild, and making slack-jawed — and very unexpected — victims of us all.

— Ted Geoghegan