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Rest Stop: Don't Look Back
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11.10.2008 By: Sturdy
Rest Stop: Don't Look Back order
Director:
Shawn Papazian

Actors:
Richard Tillman
Jessie Ward
Graham Norris

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A year after his brother goes missing, a man takes his friends out to go searching for him on a deserted highway. What they find is more frightening than what they expected and they end up fighting for their lives and struggling to determine whatís real and what isnít.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
The second REST STOP film is a throwback to the old horror movies of the 70ís, complete with a deserted highway and a spooky killer that canít be stopped. Thatís definitely not a bad thing since those are classic elements for a gory horror film. This REST STOP film does a decent job of providing scares and intense moments, but it started to lose me with the alternate reality and flashback sequences.

The blood and gore will please fans that dig that kind of stuff and it has enough for what kind of film it is. But you should heed the warning that along with the blood and gore comes insanely stupid characters that go everywhere they shouldnít and do all the things you should never do in a horror film. I think audiences these days deserve more intelligent characters and if you need them to go somewhere they shouldnít, at least give them a logical reason to walk into that dark room full of broken glass and knives. Curiosity is not a good enough reason.

But where the film really lost me was while it was bouncing back from the 70ís to present day. I kind of understood the Winnebago-driving ghosts and their twisted killer, but one moment something would be there and the next it would be gone. I think the writer was trying to create an alternate or parallel dimension revolving around the deserted highway, but it wasnít clear in the film. And a storyline like that canít be explained in 89 minutes, especially when half of that time is spent watching blood splatter on the screen.

Itís a tough responsibility to create a gory and intelligent horror film and these filmmakers didnít succeed. I liked the style of the film and it had moments that creeped me out, but overall this was a poorly written film that could have used some structure. However, with all of that said, if youíre looking for a halfway decent slasher film, this might do the trick for you.
THE EXTRAS
None.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
There are worse wannabe slasher films out there, but the second REST STOP is too scattered to make it a recommend. The lack of special features negates a worthy purchase, so give it a rental at your own risk.
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