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SEE JANE RUN
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Reviewed by: Ryan Doom

Directed by: Ryan Webb

Starring:
Sasha Andreev
Jennifer Clary
Joe Estevez

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
A group of young travelers veers off the beaten path in Texas and end up finding trouble in burbs. And no, Tom Hanks doesn’t appear.
Is it good movie?
Yes, we’re all familiar (at least anyone over the age of 25) with The ‘Burbs, the wacky Tom Hanks movie about the crazy things that can occur on the edge of the city. It gave us what can happen when suspicion and nosiness go too far. Now, think if one combined The ‘Burbs with Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Would it work? See Jane Run attempts that feat, recreating the road slasher film with mixed results in a very low budget movie. Although it ultimately fails, the filmmakers do some good; it’s strangely appealing at times, effectively creepy and funny toward the end, yet clichéd and poorly executed.

Think about it, how easy is it reinventing a proven masterpiece like Texas Chainsaw Massacre? Gone are the hippies and pot. Gone are the rural white trash. In their place come average nerds, a mild mannered killer, art, and Texas BBQ. However, a film can attempt to alter audience expectations, something See Jane Run undertakes but ends up with only two stars due to lackluster acting, horrid pacing, and too many moments of unbelievably. Yes, I can suspend my disbelief with the best of them but when a movie has too many “duh” moments, I can’t stand it. See Jane Run has a lot of them: from entering a psycho’s house because he offers BBQ, to listening to an obviously evil mechanic leading them to their doom, to just idiotic comments by characters. The problems quickly mount as nothing, I mean nothing, happens for the first hour or so of the movie. They drive around and look at things without an ounce of suspense. Zero tension in a horror movie equals booorrrrinnng. Where’s the blood? The stalking killer? We know it’s coming, so there’s no reason to make the audience wait for the fear and the blood. At least give the kids a better reason to go to the house and make them stuck there. Also, the acting, especially the main character Jane, is just plain shitty. She’s stiff and expressionless to the point of nausea at times. There’s a reason producers produce and don’t act (the married producing team star in the thing). Oh, and they push the appearance of Joe Estevez. It lasts all of five minutes. And I’m sorry; he’s no B king in comparison to Bruce Campbell. Not even close.

At times, I dug the movie, especially as the gore came and the killer entered the picture. He’s a ridiculous character named Andrew, the cannibal killer who dreams of being an artist. Over the top, he’s the nicest murderer I’ve even seen in a while with that boy next-door, perfect burb neighbor look as if he could have lived next to Hanks. He works, on a minuscule budget level of course, with a boyish grin and the nice little touch of loving art, especially the religious stuff even though it seemed clichéd. Then there’s the gore. I’m not ruining anything by stating that no gore (minus the opening) occurs until the final act. Director Ryan Webb decided CGI was the way to go, but it’s yet another thing I can’t stand. It looks completely unbelievable and cheap. A double whammy no horror film can have.
Video / Audio
Video: Widescreen and shot on digital.

Audio: It sounded fine. (Nothing was listed.)
The Extras
Audio Commentary: Producers/actors/married couple Jennifer Clary and Kevin Haberer provide the track and sound like a married couple, which grew tiresome fast. Plus, the audio is so loud on the film I had trouble hearing them at times.

Outtakes: Various outakes which include Joe Estevez.

Behind the Scenes FX: An interview with the CGI man which shows how the effects were created.
Last Call
An odd little movie attempts to recapture the allure of the 70’s horror film with modern twists. See Jane Run wants to be the next generation of horror, but has more faults than successes. The review could be kinder than it should have been, but I'm done writing as of now.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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