Starring: James Fitzpatrick, Daniel O'Meara, Dayton Knoll, Scott L. Schwartz,
Season Hamilton, Madeleine Lindley

Directed by: Corbin Timbrook

Story: Four college students and an Iraq War vet, lost on a desert highway,
encounter a terrified young woman with a black van on her trail


Review:

A small group of grad school college kids hit the road on their way to the famous
Nevada Burning Man festival. Along the way they spot a hitch hiker who judging
by his cardboard sign that reads BURNING MAN, he’s headed out that way as
well. The hitch hiker turns out to be a British war vet who served two years in
Iraq. The group stops for gas when they find the road has been closed ahead of
them. According to the gas station attendant, they will be the last car let
through. The group seems to notice something’s not quite right when the
attendant seems a bit frazzled, and her young daughter is dragging around a doll
by a noose. As the group heads back out to the road they nearly hit a woman
who looks very badly beaten up. She won’t speak just yet, but they take her into
their car to get help. No sooner than later, a black van begins to chase their car
down and makes a mad dash the other way when the Englishman begins to
shoot his gun. The kids are a bit concerned he had a concealed weapon the whole
time, but they quickly shrug it off since he did save their lives.

One of the guys stays back with the beat up chick, and the other three take off
to find help. They come upon a secluded ranch where they’re greeted by a hillbilly
named Spider, and his trusty sidekick Mute who is well, mute. When the group
discovers the same black van parked on the ranch, they know they’ve walked
straight into Spider’s lair. They have arrived at what is known as “The Web.” A
place where there is only one way out: death. One thing I noticed right away
about this film is that the characters were smart. They made intelligent decisions
and they held intelligent conversations. This is rare in most horror films. The
script was written by Antonio Hernandez, first time screenwriter, and was very
well done. There were several lines that stood out to me in the movie such as the
British war vet stating,
“I’d take lunatics over a war any day.” Most of the acting
was very good, some better than others. Our main characters were a bit bland
but convincing. The actor that stood out the most I’d say would have to be our
resident bad guy Jim Fitzpatrick who played Spider. I thought he was hilarious, as
well as a very creepy and very convincing psychopath.

The gore wasn’t exactly mild but I think there are less death scenes than most
other slashers. What’s disturbing is the content. A transvestite midget
babysitting little girls, a mentally retarded man masturbating with a dead body, a
game of human darts. Director Corbin Timbrook successfully creates on the edge
of your seat suspense. He pays homage to many different films before it such as
The Hills Have Eyes, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and even the real life story of the
Manson Family. You’ll see a lot of similarities and you’ll make your comparisons.
But it doesn’t matter because BLOOD RANCH has it’s own very unique elements,
and also embodies everything we loved about those films before it. Very well
done, very fun, and definitely worth checking out. It only runs a little over 70
minutes and the DVD has no extra features other than a trailer. It probably could
have used an additional “last scare” from our bad guys, but overall it was a great
film.


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Overall: 7/10
Genres: Horror

Rated: Not Rated

Country: USA

Year: 2006

Runtime: 90 minutes

Studio: Xenon

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Review done by: Michelle Fatale
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