Wreckage (2010) | The darkly comic horror is The Cat & The Canary set in a scrap yard

Wreckage (2011)

Wreckage is not your typical slasher movie, but a darkly comic whodunit set in a scrap yard – with a killer twist in the tale.

Aaron Paul plays Rick (the dick), the wisecracking pal of boy racer Jared (Mike Erwin), while Cameron Richardson plays his girlfriend Kate. Then there’s Jessica (Kelly Kruger), Jared’s sweetheart, who is over moon over getting engaged to her hunky beau.

When the four-some get stranded on a country road during a drag race, they break into a scrap yard after hours for a spare fan belt. But Rick’s horseplay with a loaded pistol goes awry, leaving Kate wounded. Jared then runs the five-miles back into town to get help. But when he returns with the police and an ambulance crew, there’s no sign of his friends… until the mutilated body of one of them is discovered.

Desperate to learn if Jessica has met a similar fate, Jared goes off in search of her – with the help of salvage yard’s owner redneck nephew. Meanwhile, the cops conduct their own search, suspecting a recently escaped serial killer could be responsible.

Wreckage (2011)

I wont spoil the twists and turns that follow, but it’s pretty obvious the escaped killer is a big fat red herring, while the real killer is a lot closer than you think.

Taking place in one location over one night, gives the film a claustrophobic feel, and top marks go to the lighting and camerawork that makes it all work. Pity, however, that the sound and the music is a bit of a let down. The sythn score sounds too tinny (with shades of Richard Band), while the location sound fluctuates wildly.

What’s not a let down are the cracking script, the hot-looking cast, and a stand out performance from Scoot McNairy. His quirky unwashed redneck character Franck is a highlight (he comes across like Carol Burnett doing her John Boy Walton impression in The Walnuts). Plus, he gets all of the film’s best lines: ‘The lights haven’t been on since Aunt Mimi got SARS’.

Wreckage (2011)

Thanks to McNairy’s comical turn and the ineptness of the cops (especially the snivelling policewoman and the taciturn sheriff), Wreckage certainly keeps its tongue firmly in its cheek. It might be silly and obvious, but the cast seem to be really enjoying themselves. And so did I watching them.

If you want a schlocky version of the vintage The Cat & The Canary story set in a scrap yard, then you might want to visit this Wreckage. Just don’t come alone…

Wreckage screens on The Horror Channel (Sky 319, Virgin 149, Freesat 138), with the next showing on Thursday 6 March at 10.55pm

Also available on DVD in the UK through Chelsea Films


About Peter Fuller

Peter Fuller is an award-winning print, radio and television journalist and producer, with over 30 years experience covering film and television, with a special interest in world cinema and popular culture. He is a leading expert on the life and career of Vincent Price and actively promotes the actor's legacy through publications, websites and special events.

Posted on March 6, 2014, in Horror, Might See, Might-See and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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