- Cast: Luke Evans, Adelaide Clemens, Derek Magyar, Beau Knapp, America Olivo, Lee Tergesen, Lindsey Shaw, George Murdoch, Laura Ramsey, Gary Grubbs, Andrea Frankle , Rob Steinberg, Jake Austin Walker, Dalton Gray, Lenore Banks, Michael 'Mick' Harrity, Carl Palmer, Chris Carnel, Elena Varela, Garrett Hines, Ed Hoover, Dane Rhodes
- Director: Ryuhei Kitamura
- Writer: David Cohen
- Producers: Harry Knapp, Kami Naghdi
- Associate Producer: Matt Treadwell
- Executive Producers: Elton Brand, Michael Luisi
- Casting: Monika Mikkelsen
- Costume Design: Claire Breaux
- D.O.P.: Daniel Pearl
- Editor: Toby Yates
- Makeup: Myke Michaels
- Music: Jerome Dillon
- Production Design: Jonathan A. Carlson
- Set Decoration: Elizabeth Humphrey
A ruthless criminal gang takes a young couple hostage and goes to ground in an abandoned house in the middle of nowhere. When the captive girl is killed, the tables are unexpectedly turned. The gang finds itself outsmarted by an urbane and seasoned killer determined to ensure that no one lives.
- Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
- Filming Locations: Louisiana, USA
- Production Budget: $2.9 million
- Production Companies: Milk & Media, Constance Media, WWE Studios
- Production Schedule: 13 June 2011 - August 2011
2013 Guide Analysis: Filmmaker Ryuhei Kitamura earned a lot of love for the under seen and impressive Clive Barker adaptation "Midnight Meat Train". Unfortunately that goodwill hasn't carried over to this unrelentingly dark and gruesome slasher which premiered at Toronto to some scathing reviews.
The story follows a gang of ruthless highway killers who kidnap a wealthy couple traveling cross country. They soon discover that things aren't what they seem - the man they've taken (Luke Evans) turns out to be far more lethal than any of them. The film comes down to a choice of whom do you cheer for - a gang of murderous and torturous thieves, or the unnamed and seemingly immortal psychopathic serial killer anti-hero who turns the tables on them.
David Cohen's script in particular was singled out as being atrocious and compared to something penned by a horny teenage boy. Kitamura's direction was also criticised for its awkward editing and oppressive tone which doesn't even have camp appeal. Gore fans should be delighted by all the blood and flesh being torn apart on the screen.
The presence of some solid actors like Evans, Clemens and Tergesen can't save the material which comes from WWE Studios. This film production arm of the wrestling label has mainly churned out forgettable action nonsense so far like "The Marine," "12 Rounds" and "See No Evil". With even some very accepting horror film critics claiming the film sets back the genre by a decade, those bold statements of awfulness (and Evans' obvious sex appeal) does make me curious.