Fender Bender – USA, 2016

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‘A crash course in terror’

Fender Bender is a 2016 American horror thriller film written and directed by Mark Pavia (The Night Flier). The synth score is by Nightrunner.

The first Scream Factory original production, the film premiered on Chiller TV on June 3, 2016 and is released on Blu-ray on October 4th, 2016.

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Main cast:

Makenzie Vega, Bill Sage, Cassidy Freeman, Kelsey Leos Montoya, Dre Davis, Steven Michael Quezada, Lora Martinez-Cunningham, Gus Krieger, Harrison Sim

Plot:

In a small New Mexico town, a 17-year-old high school girl who just got her driver”s license gets into her first fender bender, innocently exchanging her personal information with an apologetic stranger.

Later that stormy night, she is joined in her desolate suburban home by a couple of her school friends, who try their best to make a night out of it, only to be visited by the stranger she so willingly handed all of her information to — a terrifying and bizarre serial killer who stalks the country’s endless miles of roads and streets with his old rusty car, hungrily searching for his next unsuspecting victim…

Review:

“While the gore is nice and fun, Fender Bender is able to generate some serious scares with the tension and suspense it builds. We know who the killer is right off the bat, so there isn’t a lot of suspense in determining who he is, but there’s plenty of suspense waiting for him to strike. In my opinion home invasion flicks are inherently scary because that’s someone entering your home, your safe haven.” Chris Coffel, Bloody Disgusting

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“Yes it’s all routine and as expected, characters do dumb things like not call 911 despite possible mortal danger because “they’ve caused enough trouble” and need to resolve the situation on their own. The flaws are easily overlooked as in the end Fender Bender is a lean and mean little slasher that accomplishes its modest goals. Slasher fans should be fully satisfied by the time the end credits roll.” Paul Doro, Wicked Horror

” … typical cat-and-mouse slasher game, but Fender Bender is done well. The mask Sage wears and the knife he uses is reminiscent of the fierce Nazi villain Karl Ruprecht Kroenen in Guillermo del Toro’s 2004 Hellboy. The score by Nightrunner is a great addition to the 1980s flavor with its brooding synth notes, and the film is shot and edited well — Fender Bender is a fun flick that most horror lovers will eat up.” Michele “Izzy” Galgana, Screen Anarchy

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