Come on in, the water's constrictive... Rogue River (2012) Jourdan McClure, USA, 81 mins
Ever had one of those movies you've watched before, but didn't really remember watching until you were about halfway through watching it a second time? That was the kind of filmic deja vu that I found myself experiencing with Rogue River, a kidnapping and torture tale with a little bit more to it than some that I have seen before. The lead looked familiar to me from the get go but when Bill Moseley stepped into the picture I remembered this one, although not in terribly fine detail. So, just what is it all about? Well, Mara is a young lady who goes to the titular Rogue River to scatter her father's ashes. So she parks up and heads to the river, where she meets friendly-looking, middle-aged Jon. They talk a little and when they come back to the road, Mara's car is gone. Jon offers her a lift, stopping off at their house and meeting his wife, Lea. They invite her to stay there rather than going to a motel. Big mistake, of course...
Singapore Sling (1990) Dir. Nikos Nikolaidis, Greece, 111 mins
Welcome back to Film Gutter, and we're off to new pastures today with a dip into Greek cinema. This was a movie I half-watched some time ago, and never quite got round to polishing off, so I suppose this one is half rewatch and half first time viewing. Singapore Sling is a movie that has featured on many a top ten most disturbing film list out there, and having watched it I'm still not quite sure where I fall on that argument. Yes, there's plenty I here that is very graphic and very full on, but in places it is a deliberately overblown pastiche of the film noir that you can't help but laugh. Undoubtedly the most twisted comedy movie I've seen since The Human Centipede: Final Sequence, this one is riotous and repellent in equal measure.