You Will Die in France.)
Release Date: March 4th.
Written by: Abner Pastoll.
Directed by: Abner Pastoll.
Starring: Andrew Simpson, Joséphine de La Baume, Frédéric Pierrot, and the ever-lovely Barbara Crampton.
If we've learned anything from Horror films over the past decade or so, it's that the French Countryside is deadly, and you should probably avoid it if you want to continue living.
Movies like Haute Tension, Them (Ils), Calvaire, Frontiere(s), Martyrs and Vertige have all terrified us with their rural settings (to different extents), and let both tourists and local residents know that it's probably best to stick to the cities, and not venture too far off the beaten path.
While Road Games may not be as disturbing as many other great French Horror films are, and it's certainly nowhere near as bloody and violent, it brings an effective Hitchcockian flavor to the game that was at least refreshing and compelling.
|THAT'S FRENCH FOR: "STAY THE FUCK OUT OF FRANCE IF YOU WANT TO LIVE."|
|WHO SAYS TRUE LOVE CAN'T BLOOM ON A SERIAL KILLER-PLAGUED ROADWAY IN FRANCE?|
Far be it from us to spoil what happens next for you here, but suffice it to say that no one is what they seem, everyone is in danger, and there are mannequins involved. There are always mannequins involved.
|SHOOT THE DAMNED MANNEQUIN!|
The best part of Road Games was the constant guessing game that it had us playing. Is Jack the Serial Killer that is terrorizing the French Countryside? No, it's got to be Grizard, because he's weird, angry, and obviously up to something. Then again his wife is shifty as hell, and maybe she's the one that we should be worried about. The whole thing felt rather Hitchcockian at times. I actually figured out the twist fairly early on; not because I'm some sort of genius with superhuman observational skills or something, but because it made sense, and was just obvious to me. I honestly had no idea where that twist would take the movie, or what it would mean for the characters in the end, but I really liked how it played out.
The cast was also a big part of why the movie worked as well. The always fantastic Frédéric Pierrot stole the show for us in this one, with his intense performance as Grizard. We had no idea who Joséphine de La Baume was before seeing this movie, and we were impressed with her performance, as well as her beauty. It's also always nice to see Barbara Crampton on-screen.
|THERE ARE ALWAYS MANNEQUINS!!!|
|AND WHAT THE HELL WAS THIS GUY'S DEAL?|
|THEY'RE TOTALLY BREAKING THE 4TH WALL RIGHT NOW.|
|IT'S LIKE SIDE-BOOB HEAVEN!|
|GO BACK TO ENGLAND AND STAY THERE!|
Give it a rent if you're curious, just know that it's more of a psych job than anything else.
Road Games is available now on VOD.
Joséphine de La Baume is in this... and she's also in her very own Horror Hottie post right over HERE!