Monday, May 21, 2012
Deadwood Park (2007)
Thanks to Njuta Films we have an excellent box with six movies from Wicked Pixel Cinema, with director/writer Eric Stanze as their main talent and spokesman. Now, the whole team is extremely talented but Eric is THE director and it's understandable. The man has a lot of talent and after watching
Park today I'm considering him as the
best indie-filmmaker in the right now. Big words, yeah, but watch
this one and Ratline and try to have an opposite opinion (and if you have,
you're an asshole - no, just kidding!). So, what is United
Let me tell you... Deadwood Park
William Clifton is Jake Richardson, a young businessman coming back to his hometown after being away for most of his life. In 1979 his twin brother, Francis, was kidnapped and killed by an unknown assailant. He was the last of twenty-six children being brutally murdered during a span of more than twenty years. Now when Jake starts to ask questions about the killings he understands quickly that no one in town wants to talk about it. Instead everyone is blaming it on the former, now dead, amusement park employee Harold. Too easy for Jake, but before he can starts to investigate even closer he starts seeing things. Ghosts, ghosts of small children. And they want contact with him, show him something...
That's the story, but believe me: it has a lot more to offer. I'm not that a big fan of comparing artists work with other creative persons, but to give you a clue here: it reminds me of Stephen King, the good King - who enthralled my summer vacations as a kid reading about small town mysteries and bloody deaths. That and the old mini-series Chiefs, about a serial killer casting his shadow over a small town during three generations of cops.
is slow and filled with tension, with the Stanze's trademarked portray of
backwoods-America. Very few directors has been able to show white trash, small
cities who lost hope and desolate streets like Stanze - without falling to the
stereotypical trap of hicks and rednecks. Deadwood Park
The bulk of the movie, at least the exteriors was shot during the fall of 2006 and continued to may the next year. So prepare to see a lot of orange leaves, rainy roads and cold clouds over you when watching this. The story evolves almost entirely around Jake, and
carries the movie on his shoulders without problems. His co-actors are also
good, especially Clifton Bryan Lane
as Sheriff Robert Cooper. It runs for almost two hours and I can promise you
that you will sit there watching without any breaks. The script is excellent,
there's not unnecessary scenes, nothing stupid at all. What's there is there
for a reason. Another thing with is how ambitious it
is for such a low budget movie. We have very important flashbacks for example,
to the seventies, fifties and forties - including a damn WW2 battle scene! Deadwood
Don't expect much gore, at least not until the last half hour which has some very bloody and well-made stuff for gorehounds. But it's the story, the tension, everything in this movie that's even more important. It's not about the gore, it's about one of the tightest indie-scripts I've seen.
Puh, hyping yeah? Probably. But when something is brilliant you should say its brilliant also. Not try to be low-key or... afraid of recommend something you really think its good.
is fucking good, a
sensational thriller/drama. Gah, I have no idea I could be more stunned over a
movie than Ratline but here it is... what can I do? Deadwood