Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Rand Gamble, Hinano Yoshikawa, Laura Putney, Adrian Roberts, Adrian N. Roberts
Director: Junichi Suzuki
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
He knew he was traveling a dangerous road. But he had no idea a torrid affair would lead this far. Now photographer Gregg Ross is speeding down a mysterious dark, deserted highway, haunted by terrifying apparitions at ev... more »
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R. Schultz | Chicago | 09/24/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This movie is in English with its major star being an American. However it is a collaborative Japanese effort. As essentially a Japanese horror film, it has some things in common with "The Grudge." Here again, we have a haunting who delivers the chills by having her face curtained with hanging hair. I'm not sure why hiding an apparition behind strands of hair is so eerie an effect - but it is.
Also, the premise of driving along a lonely road at night is eerie in and of itself. And when you have a dead body in the trunk of your car - the ride becomes doubly fraught with danger.
The acting is generally wooden. The actress who plays one of the lead love interests is Japanese with a very limited, stilted command of the English language. With so many actors eagerly available to appear in films, I don't know why they can't find some better talent.
So, this film isn't very memorable. But it isn't a complete waste of time. It will make you think twice the next time you load a dead body into your car and head off towards the nearest lake to dispose of it. You'll realize you might just be in for some night terrors along the way.
Don't waste your time
Plurabelle | Egg Harbor Twp, NJ United States | 10/28/2006
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I went into this movie trying to have an open mind, considering i had heard, at best, mixed things about it. But within the first 15 minutes, i knew it was a mistake to even give it a shot. It looks like a straight to video clunker, and that's basically what it is. the plot is simple. A man driving down a lonely highway at night. There's a love triangle gone awry and much speculation regarding what's in the trunk, and why it's there. But, frankly i didn't care about any of it. The acting is horrible, and the writing is laughable. So, trust me...don't even bother with this one."
This Highway is a trip to the guilt ridden
David J. Carney | point pleasant,nj usa | 01/16/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I don't know why other writers were so negative.Yes the acting was dreadful but the movie kept my interest.It was great to see someone driven to shear madness.I liked DEAD END better but this was fun to watch in its own sick way.Its only 84 minutes long but there's far worse out there,believe me.A quick story about a photographer Rand Gamble kills wife Laura Putney over a japanese girl Hinano Yoshikawa.He puts wifes body in trunk to dump in Black Lake and makes his journey a living hell.Its a great little movie despite some critical coments made by other writers. YOUR CALL FOLKS"
Midnight Ride to Boredom
Tsuyoshi | Kyoto, Japan | 07/06/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
""Haunted Highway" is a low-budget horror suspense directed by Japanese director. You may expect something scary and creepy like the original version of "Ring," but "Haunted Highway" is actually more like a ride to boredom, where nothing but familiar tricks of horror genre happens.
The film is about an American photographer Greg (Rand Gamble) who has an affair with a Japanese model Yumi (Hinano Yoshikawa). Bitter accusation from his wife Amanda (Laura Putney) leads to one accident, which forces Greg to drive on the deserted midnight road to the lake. On the way Greg encounters several weird things that might drive his mind which is already confused to insanity.
To create a gripping suspense or horror using a confined space like a car is a really challenging thing, but judging from the film the filmmaker is not up to the task. From the opening credit (that looks like David Lynch's "Lost Highway") to its ending, there is nothing that would interest us. The film uses up all the tricks in its first half, and the inserted flashback scenes (of which content is already suggested in the pre-credit section) are just unnecessary. The film's passable acting and creaky dialogues (especially in the first scene) do not help. Hinano Yoshikawa is not known for her acting talent in Japan, but I never expected she could be that bad.
But probably she should not be blamed because, according to the film's official homepage, her English is dubbed by someone else. That fact makes me wonder why Japanese director Junichi Suzuki decided to make an English-speaking film entirely shot in America while the film's locations and characters do not need to be American (almost all the events on the "highway" scenes happen during one night). I know Mr. Suzuki has been living in USA since 2001, but wouldn't it be a better choice for him to shoot a film in Japan where he had been working for a long time?
Anyway I agree with most of the previous reviewers who say "Haunted Highway" is a terrible film. It is, and I should have listened to."