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Starring Vincent D’Onofiro (Full Metal Jacket/The Cell) and Eamon Farren (X: Night of Vengeance).
After a nice day at the movies, young Tim (Evan Bird) and his Mother, Sarah (Julia Ormond) take a cab home. Unbeknownst to them, the cab driver, Bob (D’Onofrio) is a sadistic, deranged, serial killer with very sinister plans.
Upon arriving at his home, Bob dispatches with Sarah, then brings Tim inside. Once there, he informs Tim that his name is now Rabbit and that he will be staying there forever as, basically, his slave and student.
After 9 years, Rabbit wonders if he will ever get out.
Vincent D’Onofrio gives his most hauntingly disturbing performance since portraying Carl Stargher, the serial killer in the film, The Cell. He played the role of Bob so well, you’d wonder if the police would come after him after watching this. He talks with a speech impediment and an odd, swaggering walk, showing his range as an accomplished actor.
Eamon Farren delivers an excellent performance as Rabbit, a skittish, malnourished, scared 18 year old man-boy. For the things his character had to endure, Farren really stepped up to the plate.
The script was fantastic and very creative. It delves a little bit into the background of Bob as well. I love when you get insight into what makes a psycho a psycho. Still, do not feel bad for him, as he is a pretty evil man.
The set of Bob’s house was great. The isolated setting really played an important role as no one could hear you scream. The house and a shabbily built addition as well, which serves as an important set piece. The easy chair was also a nice touch. Also, the way it was lit, really made it creepier, as it looked like it was lit with just regular household lamps and kitchen lights. It looked so natural.
Written and Directed by Jennifer Lynch (Boxing Helena) directed her tail off, as each and every actor and actress gave an impressive performance. It shows she knows how to command a set. Also, she didn’t include a lot of the gore that you’d expect in this type of movie, while there was blood, it was used tastefully, and it didn’t need the gore that, say, Hostel had because, Lynch had actors you could depend on and didn’t need to make the gore the star of the film. (Please note: I am not anti-Eli Roth or anti-gore. On the contrary, I am an EXTREME gorehound, but this film simply did not need it, as it was disturbing enough)
All I can say after watching this is…wow! You will not see what is coming until it runs you over and all you can see as your life fades away is a blurry, yellow, vehicle.