Blood River (2009) | This unsettling psycho thriller will have you running to the confessional

Blood River DVD cover

Don’t go watching this thinking you are about to sit through yet another formulaic psycho killer flick, because Blood River is a slow-burning thriller with a deadly grip.

Seemingly respectable newlyweds Clark (Ian Duncan) and Summer (Tess Panzer) are on their way across the Nevada desert to visit Summer’s parents when their car has a blow out. After walking miles to the nearest town, Blood River, they discover it deserted.

Blood River

Lone drifter Joseph (Andrew Howard) then arrives and offers his assistance. But there is something very strange about Joseph. He speaks in Bible quotes, has witnessed the death of a motel clerk, and seems to be stalking our loved-up couple. Joseph convinces Clark to join him on a long walk to the next town in search of petrol, leaving the pregnant Summer behind. But the journey turns into a series of mind games as Joseph tries to get Clark to reveal his true self, and repent whatever sins he may – or may not – have committed.

Blood River

Welsh actor Andrew Howard  is just brilliant here as the chain-smoking, hooch-sculling Joseph. From the outset, we know there’s something supernatural about him, but is he a demon or an avenging angel? With his small cast, intelligent script, sombre score and searing desert location, director Adam Mason has carved a dark and unsettling thriller that will have you running to the confessional (if you are religiously-minded, that is) just as soon as the end credits start rolling.

Blood River

Blood River is available on DVD and screens on The Horror Channel (Sky 319, Virgin 149, Freesat 138), with the next showing on Tuesday 25 March at 10.50pm.


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 25, 2014, in American Indie, Horror, Might See, Might-See and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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