I'll be honest, horror films are one of the most depressing things in
the world to me. I like the concept of the genre so much that to see it
being abused as badly as it is in modern cinema is just devastating. So
very few horror films today are even watchable, let alone what you
would consider enjoyable. So when rare and unexpected gems like 'Fender
Bender' come along, it just makes me so happy.
That's not to say it's a perfect film. Far from it. There are the typical unbelievably stupid character decisions that drive me crazy. That's certainly the film's biggest flaw. The acting is a little shaky in places too, but other than it really is just positives left to focus on. The opening scene is actually very well done. It was surprisingly well crafted and set a good tone for the film. Then the film goes into a set up period. This was a little tedious, but it was excusable because it was taking the time to make you care about the characters, something that would be very important later on.
Then the action kicks off and it's a fun ride. There are genuine scares littered throughout and I found myself actually caring about the fate of the characters - something that is incredibly rare in modern horror. Probably the thing I loved the most about the film though is that it pulls no punches. Nothing is off limits and that is a necessity for a horror film to be successful - and yet so few do it. Writer/director Mark Pavia only has one previous credit, a Stephen King film from 1997 called 'The Night Flier' which also has a high rating for the horror genre. It's clear he has a lot of talent. Let's just hope he doesn't wait another 19 years to make his next film.
Horror / Thriller
Horror / Thriller
In a small New Mexico town, a 17-year-old high school girl who just got her driver's license gets into her first fender bender, innocently exchanging her personal information with an apologetic stranger. Later that stormy night, she is joined in her desolate suburban home by a couple of her school friends who try their best to make a night out of it, only to be visited by the stranger she so willingly handed all of her information to -- a terrifying and bizarre serial killer who stalks the country's endless miles of roads and streets with his old rusty car, hungrily searching for his next unsuspecting victim.
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