Wednesday, June 9, 2010

THIRST

From First Look Studios comes this effective real-world horror film from writers Kurt Volkan and Joel Newman and director Jeffery Lando. An exercise in cinema minimalism, THIRST (2008) is a surprisingly bleak tale of survival.

Four young people - medical student Noelle (sexy co-producer Lacey Chabert, MEAN GIRLS, LOST IN SPACE), her husband Bryan (Tygh Runyan, SNAKES ON A PLANE), model "Atheria" (the always charming Mercedes McNab, BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER), and photographer Tyson (Brandon Quinn, BIG WOLF ON CAMPUS) - set out into the desert for a photo shoot without telling anyone where they're going. A driving accident leaves their vehicle totaled at the bottom of a ravine, and they find themselves stranded far from civilization without adequate water and woefully unprepared for their situation. Without any other choice, they attempt to walk out of the desert....

While not a spectacular, "must-see" movie, THIRST is, nonetheless, a satisfyingly executed little film, with solid performances by the four leads, fairly realistic dialogue and situations, and great photography by director Lando. The story is also unexpectedly dark - this isn't a "feel good" movie; instead, it's a non-supernatural horror film where the horror arises from an all-too believable situation, and the characters' increasingly-desperate struggles to survive it.

First Look Studios brings THIRST to DVD with a perfect, 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer and strong, clear 5.1 Digital Surround sound. There are no extras provided aside from a handful of trailers for other First Look titles.

As I said above, this isn't a film for the ages, but it's a solid 90 minutes of moderately grim entertainment, professionally crafted, and reasonably compelling. Certainly recommended for an evening's rental.

THIRST will be released on June 22.

BUY: Thirst