Sam Was Here
Directed by Christophe Deroo
Sam’s having a bad trip home. There’s nobody at any rest stops, and his wife won’t take his calls. When his car breaks down, Sam steps out and sees a strange red light in the sky. Things quickly go from bad to worse when masked maniacs soon start hunting him, insisting that he’s a killer who’s been menacing locals. As Sam struggles to repel his attackers, he must unravel the mystery of what’s happening to him before it’s too late. Like an episode of “Black Mirror” if it was directed by the spawn of David Lynch and Rob Zombie, SAM WAS HERE traps viewers inside a gruesome waking nightmare from which there is no escape. A SHUDDER EXCLUSIVE
A traveler is hunted by locals after his car breaks down in a mysterious area.
Cast: Rusty Joiner, Sigrid La Chapelle, Rhoda Pell
Boring and pretentious.
What was that ending all about. Major disappointment.
Enjoyed this, something slightly Lynchian about it.
Strange but good.
this is one of those movies that doesnt really explain to you wtf is going on. it kept me interested then it ended leaving me wondering what it meant. its ok. i went to reddit after and came across this thread which makes a lot of sense. ----------------SPOILER ALERT---------------- *****Read this after you watch the film******* I suppose there is no right way to dissect the plot & it's open to multiple interpretations... Its actually very similar to an episode of Black Mirror entitled 'White Bear' (and this perhaps provides the closest clue to what the film was really about). Here's what i thought: I think Sam's dead. He died 5 years ago (his wife Rita pretty much says so near the end of the film). The deserted highway he's on i think is some sort of highway to Hell (a stop before Hell). The red light he sees on the horizon is Hell. There can be no greater mental torture than to think you're innocent of a heinous crime - only to be told repeatedly by those around you that you are guilty. This is Sams torment. He's made to think he's innocent so that when the truth is finally revealed to him, the torment for him is that much greater. This is part of his punishment. The woman in the caravan who he accidentally injures was his mother whom he physically harmed in his life or didn't treat right. Eddy is Lucifer or a demon/angel assigned to deliver lost souls to Hell. The masked hunters after him (and those who eventually 'kill' him) are Eddys' demon minions who are there to drag Sams soul to Hell. (this is shown by the fact that when the mob finally arrives, the red light permeates the whole area). The note in Sams hotel room 'Sam was Here' sounds like a suicide note someone would leave behind - indicating that he did kill himself which then opened up his torment & eventually delivery to damnation. Can't explain the cleaner who's cleaning the blood from the shower curtains in the end. I think this may have been the blood of one of Sams victims when he was alive or perhaps of Sam himself when he was alive & then killed himself (though Rita did say this was 5 years ago, sooooo...)