Simon Rumley’s latest feature is a tricky and troubling beast. It’s also one of the most memorable DVD releases of the year. Ostensibly Red, White & Blue takes on your typical revenge scenario beloved of so many violent, exploitative B-Movies and twists this familiar trope until it snaps. The film’s been called a ‘slacker revenge movie’, and that phrase sums up best how it works. There’s certainly a lot more going on than a simplistic plot and graphic bloodshed.
Lieutenant Brian Murphy (Robert Freeman) is on the last evacuated plane out of an unnamed African city, following what appears to be a worldwide zombie apocalypse. The plane crashes and he’s the sole survivor, washing up on a coast and facing a long trek across unforgiving landscapes to get to safety. Along the way he meets up with Sergeant Daniel Dembele (Prince David Osei), a soldier whose village has been torn apart by zombies and who is now on the trail of his son and they decide to join forces, heading for a military base in the north.
Some of my earliest memories are of being taken to the drive-in by my parents in Kentucky to see the old Harryhausen Sinbad movies. I remember a lot of the older movies that would play on television (I’m from the last pre-VCR generation) like Gargoyles and The Thing With Two Heads.
Honestly, I cannot recall the first horror film I watched. I was probably terrified at first, but also very intrigued. As I grew older, I wanted to watch as many horror films as possible and rented just about every horror flick from our local Blockbuster.
Following some success in her singing career, Winona (Oldenburg) decides to return to her hometown [Stockholm] to re-charge her batteries. Driving to a bar in town, as she feels so lonely in the creepy house her manager (Beck) has rented for her, she meets up with her ex-boyfriend Richard (Saxe) and his friends Carl (Rylander) and Liz (Hugoson). They go back to her place and pair off for the night, but there’s something else in the house with them…
I can’t recall the first time I watched a horror film, I’m pretty sure it was either a Friday the 13th or Nightmare on Elm Street. But I do remember seeing The People Under the Stairs, that movie scared the crap out of me when I was a kid.