Written by: Meh
Horror on DVD used to be reserved for crap and thats about it. Every now and then I get to pick up a movie that has gone direct to dvd and say, hey this aint bad. REEKER is one of those movies.
When a lonely highway is inexplicably closed, five students sharing a ride to a party in the desert find themselves trapped at a recently deserted travel oasis. Refusing to let the new circumstances interfere with their fun, they settle in only to be interrupted by odd, haunting visions of severely mutilated travelers. The gruesome sightings may explain the sudden abandonment of the motel and diner, but the appearance of a strange man with a missing wife confirms their worst fears. He too has seen the dying people -- victims of a killer, one that has likely taken his wife -- a killer trailing a dark force of decay and rot.
Led by a blind grad student with heightened senses, they must survive the night and confront what appears to be a terrifying abyss between the living and the dead. As the body count rises, the bizarre mystery deepens. Those strong enough to survive are left with the burning question: What the hell is the Reeker? To say this movie has some twists and turns in it would probably be one of the biggest understatements going. The movie has a weak start with an opening sequence that is super cool but poorly cast. Namely a top notch scene with a really annoying screaming kid .
Its hard to review this movie without ruining it because you just dont know what kind of movie you are watching till it ends. The FX are kick ass, there is enough carnage to satisfy alot of gore hounds and the best comparison for this movie without ruining it is Final Destination meets Jeepers Creepers.
One of the biggest downfalls of a movie that goes direct to dvd is a lack of good fx and a poor choice in shooting. Namely they shoot it low grade and skimp on the FX and just throw in alot of blood. REEKER has some really cool FX, on part with anything you would see in theatres and although there is blood, its not just slopped all over the place to cover up a shoddy film job. Its used with logic. MONSTER FX who did the fx did a kick ass job. One of the best reasons to see this movie is to see "The Reeker".
This movie is well shot, and well put together and I think fans of horror will enjoy it. It may be direct to dvd but it does shine and other then some minor flaws in the directing and sequence of the movie its great. Horror fans will be willing to forgive the flaws for the ending. I cant say anything about the ending of this movie other then you will not be expecting it. When it does come stop and think and it will all piece together like a big jigsaw puzzle... and remember... Death never Forgets! I would say buy it.