A To Z – Rogue River

Last October after watching all the movies on TV before Halloween, I got the idea to do an A to Z on horror movies. I also have a story premise in the back of my head involving horror movies, so this fits into my research for that. So I’m going to talk about random horror movies.
First, I am no film critic, just a person who likes horror movies. And second, some of the posts may contain spoilers. So you have been warned.
Rogue River (2012)
While spreading her father’s ashes, Mara meets Jon who offers to give her a ride. Risking everything to escape this hell she’s entered, she won’t stop running until she finds safety.
Cheese factor: Low
Gore factor: Low
Creep factor: Low
Could it happen? Yes.
I wish I could’ve gotten Rosemary’s Baby instead of this one. But alas, it was not at the video store. So I was stuck with Rogue River–which I thought looked good.
RR was another messed up brother/sister movie, although they lead you to believe they’re husband and wife for most of the movie. They basically kidnap this girl with intent to get her pregnant. And the way they do it has kind of a big ick factor.
There were a few shocking scenes in here, but it wasn’t scary at all. Several ouch scenes though, like when the girl’s hand was sliced open and the woman sewed it together with needle and thread. Or when the woman poured boiling water down the girl’s throat. She actually came out of that better than I would’ve expected, but then again, I’ve never had boiling water poured down my throat.
The overall story wasn’t that original, which sometimes doesn’t bother me, but I had a hundred questions running through my head at the end. Mostly beginning with why? Why did they do this? Why did they do that? How did the brother of the girl end up being there too? Was this planned by the kidnappers or happenstance?
I’m not one of those people who have to know everything, but when there are too many unanswered questions, I don’t enjoy the movie. And I’m not talking about the ending, I’m talking about things throughout the movie.
So unfortunately, this is not one I would recommend. Even with the unexpected ending.
Are you like me and find you can’t enjoy a movie if there are too many unexplained questions?

Other R movies I recommend: Rosemary’s Baby: a classic, The Ring

6 Responses

  1. I don’t need a movie to spell it out or anything, but if there’s no logic or reasoning to why something happens, I have a real problem with that. I mean, I don’t mind being left wondering so long as their are clues in the story that can guide me toward a reasonable conclusion. But if it’s all coincidental, or if there’s just NO reason for things, that makes me very unhappy.

  2. I can enjoy a movie with a lot of unexplained questions -if- I trust that the writer/director knows the answer to those questions and just isn’t telling me. If I feel like they were just careless or didn’t know how to tie things together, however, I’m totally not interested.

  3. I love that this really is research for you! I haven’t heard of this one either. I used to love horror films – for whatever reason, I don’t watch them anymore. ?? Hope you had a nice weekend!

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