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  • Munger Road | Review

    By | October 2, 2012

    Director: Nicholas Smith

    Writing: Nicholas Smith

    Starring: Bruce Davison, Randall Batinkoff, Trevor Morgan, Brooke Peoples, Hallock Beals, Lauren Storm, Art Fox, Maggie Henry, Bill J. Stevens

    During my sophomore year of college, my dorm room neighbor took me to a train trestle where a woman’s ghost was known to haunt. (He was afraid to go alone and I must have been devastatingly bored.) We walked the train tracks for about two miles. Nothing much happened. Well, there was a brief moment when we both saw what seemed to be her lantern, but never got close enough to see the “ghost.”

    It seems that many rural towns in close proximity to train tracks — especially train trestles — have similar ghost stories. Teenage boys typically use these tall tales to scare the bejesus out of their dates. (Who says that chivalry is dead? Oh, but just you wait until when — on separate occasions — each boyfriend counts to three and leaves his respective girlfriend in the dust in order to escape presumed danger.) Munger Road‘s ghost story states that a bus load of kids were killed while their bus was stalled at a train crossing. Ever since that fateful event, the kind ghosts of the deceased kids have pushed stalled vehicles off of those very same tracks. I can only assume that a lot of vehicles just happen to stall out at that very location, because that is exactly what happens to Corey (Trevor Morgan), Joe (Brooke Peoples), Scott (Hallock Beals) and Rachael (Lauren Storm) — and the foursome have even brought a video camera and a whole lot of baby powder along to document the paranormal events.

    The problem is, their vehicle really breaks down. (Cue scary music and fog.) Then, there is a another problem — no cell phone reception. Now what should they do? Any ideas? Of course! I should have thought of that! Corey should walk back to town alone while the others wait in the locked vehicle. Great plan!

    It is not long before Joe, Scott and Rachael begin receiving eerie text messages from the phone of their missing friend…despite still not having cell phone reception. Scared to the gills, Joe decides to take a long solo trek back to town, leaving Scott and Rachael behind in the locked vehicle. Very smart young lady, that Joe, if I do say so myself. I can only assume that these four teenagers have never watched a single horror film in their lives — though the girls certainly do have the classic horror film scream down pretty good.

    All the while, Chief Kirkhoven (Bruce Davison) and Deputy Hendricks (Randall Batinkoff) tirelessly try to track down an escaped felon who has presumably returned to town to reap revenge upon his captors. Eventually the police search intertwines with the case of the four missing teens. Coincidence? I think not.

    To be perfectly honest, I had to watch the second half of Munger Road multiple times just to convince myself that the narrative twists make no sense. I kept thinking that I was missing some crucial tidbit of information; but it seems that is not the case, this is just a horribly written film. But wait…this was inspired by true events? I somehow do not believe that the true events were really this illogical.

    Rating: 3/10

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