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Local Indie Flick "Munger Road" Gets Positive Review from Time Out Chicago

Charles Rector's Weblog; Oct. 25, 2011; By Charles Rector
Type: News

From the Munger Road E-Mail List:



Munger Road | Film review

A suspenseful, locally shot teens-in-danger flick generates more goosebumps than speed bumps.

  By Ben Kenigsberg

Not knowing that a child killer has just escaped from prison, four high schoolers in St. Charles, Illinois, head out to the town haunted spot. Columbia College grad Smith's locally shot, well-paced debut feature toggles between two threads: In one, a pair of cops (Bruce Davison and Randall Batinkoff) hunt for the murderer, who they suspect has returned home. In the other, the kids experience increasingly strange occurrences when their car breaks down in the woods. Dialogue-wise the film is a bit amateurish, and the last act suffers from continuity issues. But the teens-in-danger strand is sensationally scary, making resourceful use of a limited location, strategic blackouts and offscreen space. Despite its obvious debts (to Halloween, among others), the film sustains suspense for nearly all of its 85 minutes.

Munger Road is currently playing in 30 Chicago-land theaters this weekend, and is possibly expanding onto over 1,500 screens over the next coming months.


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