Detour Release Date: 2 December 2003 (USA) Genre: Action | Horror | Thriller Director: Steve Taylor (The Surge, Social Intercourse) Writer: Steve Graborsky & Steve Taylor (The Surge, Social Intercourse) Starring: Ashley Reed, Aaron Buer and Brent Taylor From the moment former Tromette (who enjoyed her phallic shaped vegetables on “Troma’s Edge TV”) and Linnnea […]

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Detour
Release Date: 2 December 2003 (USA)
Genre: Action | Horror | Thriller
Director: Steve Taylor (The Surge, Social Intercourse)
Writer: Steve Graborsky & Steve Taylor (The Surge, Social Intercourse)
Starring: Ashley Reed, Aaron Buer and Brent Taylor

From the moment former Tromette (who enjoyed her phallic shaped vegetables on “Troma’s Edge TV”) and Linnnea Quigley of the new millennium, Tiffany Shepis, showed up on the screen as a raving lesbian, I knew I was in for a fun ride. To make it better, Detour was made by The Asylum, director David Michael Latt’s production/distribution company. Detour is indeed a fun ride, though nowhere the epic’s that it’s often compared to, such as Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Hills Have Eyes.

Our heroines here don’t differ very much from those that populated the popular titles of the 70’s and 80’s. Instead of a group of pot smoking, beer drinking college kids, Detour features a bunch of college ravers who are accustomed to wearing their visors backwards coming home from a club out in the middle of nowhere. Despite everyone’s readiness to get home, one of the friends presents the group with what appears to be a great idea. Rearing a few hours off their schedule will bring them to a field of nearly limitless peyote supply. And since they all love their psychedelic drugs, they steer their RV towards the intended destination.

Soon after being warned by a gas station attendant that, in typical slasher fashion, they’re all doomed (though not in those exact words), they crash after seeing a precious little girl, actually a vision, in the middle of the road. Not long after, the geniuses decide to split up, and that’s where the cannibalistic, peyote dropping family comes into play. What follows is director Steven Taylor trying his damndest to make a stylish movie full of sex and blood. And for the most part, he succeeds.

Oddly enough, the only character that I really cared about was Aaron Buer’s Loopz. At the beginning, he’s portrayed as a horny and puny white kid who wishes he were black. All the other characters are essentially poor stereotypes, but Loopz just had a certain talent that sets him apart from the others. His maturation throughout the ordeal is very interesting, and I only wish it had been elaborated on a tad more.

Detour is far ahead of just about every slasher film to go direct-to-video since Scream produced hundreds of devil offspring. Similar to middle-level fare like Psycho Cop and Rush Week, Detour isn’t put together well enough to warrant a retail purchase. But a video store rental, facilitated by a few friends, a bottle of Absolut, and an eighth will go a long way.

DVD: Screener DVD be… You know the routine. This widescreen feature has an audio commentary, a behind the scenes feature, something called “The most annoying 24 seconds in film history,” and the standard features. The DVD supplements look to be another reason why Detour warrants a look.

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