Sunday, March 21, 2010

Dust Devil (1992)

3.5 / 5 Mar '10
Tagline: He's not a serial killer. He's much worse
Directed by: Richard Stanley
Written by: Richard Stanley
Actors include: Robert John Burke, Chelsea Field, Zakes Mokae
Genre: Horror, Western
Length: 108 minutes
Banned: Nope

This is a rather unusual tale and for it's creativity I do offer it some kudos, now could it have been better...yes but the story still makes it worthwhile. The plot is about a shapeshifter in the desert who preys upon lonely and suicidal women. After a girl named Wendy breaks it off with her Husband and starts driving she picks up the dust devil as a hitchhiker (see he seems to appeal to lonely women and he's not half bad looking either). They strike some sort of bond up and before we know it the two are engaged in some sex and things seem pretty good. That is until Wendy starts noticing some things aren't quite right plus he's a little more cruel than one might expect... It's a rather ambitious film, the landscape is rather lovely and like that of a western film, and the violence is definitely neat and should appeal to horror fans. There is a bit of a romantic subplot and a few other things going on but it is definitely interesting and unusual. I think most will get something out of this though it is far from perfect, definitely one of the more interesting horror films I've seen and it's African setting makes it all the more fascinating. Still it is missing something, including scares and tension but yet I'd still recommend it to most.

Availability:  On DVD

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