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Red Sands
Red Sands
Actors: Shane West, JK Simmons, Leonard Roberts, Mercedes Masohn, Brendan Miller
Director: Alex Turner
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
R     2009     1hr 28min

From the creators of the cult hit, Dead Birds, comes the psychological, horror film Red Sands, which follows the story of a group of U.S. soldiers who face a deadly supernatural force after they destroy an ancient statue. ...  more »


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Actors: Shane West, JK Simmons, Leonard Roberts, Mercedes Masohn, Brendan Miller
Director: Alex Turner
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 02/24/2009
Original Release Date: 01/01/2009
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2009
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 1hr 28min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Subtitles: Cantonese, English, French, Spanish

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Member Movie Reviews

Deidra C. (Deidra670) from GARRETT, KY
Reviewed on 10/2/2010...
RED SANDS was an intriguing mix of horror, suspense and military action. I admit I came into this expecting alot. The creators of this film were also responsible for DEAD BIRDS which is, as far as I'm concerned, a horror classic. So, was RED SANDS up to the challenge? Unfortunately, it didn't quite make it.

The plot was interesting. A group of soldiers are stationed in Afghanistan and during a routine patrol, one of them uses some ancient statutes for target practice. Not a bright idea. The soldiers are then sent to patrol a remote area and stay there until further notice. But something is wrong with this place. Things quickly go from bad to worse.

RED SANDS held my attention and it was an admirable stab at military horror and a little known Afghan mythology. Putting my prejudice and comparisons to DEAD BIRDS aside, RED SANDS is a good way to pass the time on a Saturday night.

Just remember to be careful with you wish for. Someone may be listening.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Melissa B. (rxrcds)
Reviewed on 3/10/2010...
A mediocre military paranormal horror flick loosely involving the Djinn. A cocky military runt decides to shoot at an image carved into the side of a mountain. This releases a Djinn and each soldier eventually comes to a gruesome demise while the Djinn makes them hallucinate reliving some of their worst memories. This was just eh. If it's on SyFy and nothing else is on then why not but nothing to actively seek out.

Movie Reviews

A very uneven film. A mixed bag.
Paulo Leite | Lisbon, Portugal | 04/30/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I think this project was very promising... and as my title says, it succeeds in some places while failing in others. Here's the story in 25 words or less: a group of soldiers in Afghanistan break an old statue and release a Djinn (an old spirit who hates humans). So they break the antique and go spend a few nights in a abandoned Afghan house in the middle of nowhere where they must secure the area. And the Djinn attacks...

Now, here are the good and bad things.

BAD - Most of the special effects are horrible... the Djinn at the end is laughable. Simply laughable. In my point of view, the producers/director made the big mistake of saving money at the end of the film (where in fact, they should deliver the goods). That's too bad.

GOOD - Tension. The screenplay does a nice job managing the tension between the men. The dialogs are great and some characters are believable (although some other characters are too stupid for us to create any empathy). And too bad the ending is so frustratingly cheap.

BAD - And the ending is cheap because, unfortunately, this is one of those films who start great and sinks towards the ending... probably because nobody could figure out how to deliver an ending that was truly original.

GOOD - The first half of the script. I think it is almost flawless. But after that, it cannot keep relying on just dreams and hallucinations. It has to deliver the goods... come on... this is a horror film!

BAD - The second half of the script. Ok, the Djin is around, the men are getting affected by the people they killed and the visions... but I kept thinking there was something missing: progression. The film keeps offering what it already gave us in the first half. And the Djinn attacks are lame... and the ending is lame... and it is all sad.

GOOD - Art direction, locations and cinematography. I do not know where the film was shot, but it convinced me. everything regarding these three domains seemed competent enough.

BAD - All the opportunities missed. I think this film could have been absolutely great. But it is underproduced and creatively underdeveloped.

Still I think the film is interesting enough to be recommended. I am sure the director is extremely talented and his next film will be great. And also, this film (even with all the bad things I've pointed) is miles above most horror films available today.

I could give it four stars... but as I said, if you promise something good, you better deliver it! If you don't, all the flaws are twice as noticeable.

Still I recommend it."
Best thriller I've seen in a while.
AmazonUser | Berkeley | 02/28/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Very good stuff. I was expecting an entertaining slasher movie based on the cover, but what I got was much better. This is not a silly slasher movie but actually a very intelligent and suspenseful supernatural flick. It must have been on a tight budget given the crude special effects, but these are a small part of the movie and don't spoil the overall creepiness. Writing, acting, and directing are excellent. Don't watch it if you don't want to be scared."
Good creepy thriller
MovieBuff | Chicago | 02/26/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Best supernatural thriller movie I've seen in a long time. It had our less-than-sensitive puppy growling at the TV (and the humans were scared too)."