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Ghost Canyon

'The Victim'
(Michael Biehn, Jennifer Blanc, Danielle Harris, Tanya Newbould, et al / DVD / R / 2012 / Anchor Bay Entertainment)

Overview: Annie's life is in jeopardy after she witnesses the horrific murder of her closest friend. Fleeing from two attackers she stumbles across Kyle, a recluse living in the middle of the woods. Two worlds collide in this grindhouse psychological thriller that will make you question your trust in mankind.

DVD Verdict: OK, taking this flimsy, but great plot from the beginning, basically, party girls Annie (Jennifer Blanc) and Mary (Danielle Harris) find themselves in a life and death situation! One wrong move and suddenly Annie's life is put in jeopardy when she witnesses the rape and murder of her closest friend at the hands of two sheriff's deputies (Ryan Honey, Denny Kirkwood).

Indeed, the girls actually talk about all the girls that have gone missing in their area of Flagstaff beforehand. Small world, I guess!

Anyway, and with her pursuers closing in, she stumbles across Kyle (Biehn), a recluse living in the middle of the woods. A rugged loner he keeps civilization far away. But then the girl knocks frantically on his door deep into the night and all hell breaks loose!

Biehn, who also wrote and directed this film, plays the recluse who lives in a remote cabin as a man on a weeks vaca from his high powered job! Wearing a nice, clean, pressed shirt, he doesn't resemble any "man in turmoil with himself" that I know. But, that said, he carries the film in good stead. When he's one on one with one of the bad cops telling him that double homicide is a bad thing, you can almost see the cops mind whirling with thoughts of "who the f**k is this guy ... and should I be afraid of him?!"

Trying for all it's worth to emulate the grindhouse, exploitation flicks of the '70s, this low budget psychological thriller; which does have a GREAT twist ending (one that you're begging for come the time, in truth!), is good late night fodder for all those that can't sleep! This a Widescreen Presentation (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.