Salvage Review

Salvage (2006)
Lauren Carrie Lewis, Chris Ferry, Cody Darbe
Dir: Joshua and Jeffrey Crook

Have you ever had one of those days where you feel like you could just die? Over and over again? By way of, I dunno, savage beating and then having your face peeled off like a meaty Halloween mask? Claire Parker has. In the 2006 independent horror schlock, Salvage, that is.

That's pretty much the jist--Claire's shift ends at a local convenience store. She waits patiently for her boyfriend, Jimmy to pick her up, but when his truck shows up, it's not the driver she expects. The stranger introduces himself as Duke, a friend of Jimmy's sent to pick her up. After a bit of sweet-talking, Claire gets into the truck but gets more than just the ride home she expected...and this is only the beginning.

What I Liked: One thing I can say is Salvage wasn't a complete turd in the fish bowl. The best part was probably the emphasis on pushing the plot devices. If Claire wasn't currently being reminded she's about to get flayed like a butterfly steak, you got a flashback of sorts; a little glimpse into the truth of what was truly going on. You know, standard expositional stuff, but done well. Bravo, Crook brothers. A nod also goes to Duke, played by Chris Ferry. This character really lent himself to the story, providing many moments of tension through bizarre dialogue and sometimes Michael Myers-esque stalker antics. They weren't perfect, but dammit, they were enjoyable.

"Quit bein' a baby and put some Bactine on it!"
What I Didn't Like: The music--the shitty, uninspired rock tracks playing in the background throughout half the movie. It became somewhat hard to get into the story every time that horrible garage band queued up. It completely drained whatever tension was previously build and replaced it with a quickly building urge to jam a sharpened pencil into each eardrum. I could handle the B-movie acting without a problem when compared to listening to the soundtrack alone.

"Please, make it stop..."

In a Nutshell: This movie is worth owning on two conditions:
  1. Buy it as part of a discount set (pictured below).
  2. Only watch it when you plan to get drunk and try to sync it up with a random death metal cd or something, like The Wizard of Oz.
Other than that, I'd suggest Netflix-ing this one first.


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