Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Munger Road (2011)
Simply put: Munger Road is the most insulting film I've watched this year. Not only does it not know what it wants to be, its real sin lies in one monstrous cop out of an ending. I will never understand why endings like this exist and why filmmakers decide to employ them. They should have their heads examined. It undermines all of the preceding events in the film and it makes you look like you had no end state in mind.
Our film starts off with a pair of college age couples, meeting up at a local diner and discussing that nights plans. What is it exactly do the boys want to do that they've dragged their less than willing female counterparts out to do? They want to traverse the famed Munger Road and stop at its end just before the train tracks. At the end, they hope to capture evidence of a story they have long heard about. You've heard the urban legend: a school bus stalls on the train tracks, a locomotive comes barreling along, plows into the bus, and kills all of the passengers. As it goes, if you stop on the tracks at night, your car will be pushed safely to the other side.
At the same time, the local police chief (the only good performance of the film belongs to long-time character actor Bruce Davison) and his deputy are prepping for a swarm of tourists who will descend upon their fair city for an annual carnival. Only they get some really alarming news. Apparently, a former priest turned serial killer escaped from his police transport when it flipped over, no doubt due to his actions.
Cut back to our group and it seems that they get real evidence of the group of ghostly do good-er kiddos when they stop their SUV on the train tracks, turn off the lights, and put the car into neutral. But is it really the ghosts or our returned murderous priest?
The rest of our film involves the surviving kids and our dynamic duo of local cops (actually, they're pretty inept) trying to figure out who is at the source of all these killings. Just when you think you are going to come face to face with the vengeful padre, you are instead met with the notion that maybe it was one of the douchebag, ghost hunting jocks. But before a Scooby Doo grand reveal can occur, well, you're met with one lazy, swear word inducing, completely idiotic ending.
Overall, Munger Road is too boring and bloodless to be a slasher and too devoid of tension and intrigue to be a thriller. Combined with the really 'Did they just do that?' ending, you have a serious recipe for disaster. One of the worst horror films I've seen this year.
Cortez the Killer