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Directed by Dave Payne
Written by Dave Payne
Starring Devon Gummersall
Derek Richardson
Arielle Kebbel
Eric Mabius
Michael Ironside
Distributed by Primal Pictures UK Pathe
Release date(s) September 25, 2007 DVD
Running time 90 min.
Country United States
Language English
Followed by No Man's Land: The Rise of Reeker

Reeker is a 2005 American horror film, written and directed by Dave Payne.


Plot summary

The movie opens with a family driving down a desert highway, the mother and son are playing i spy when they hit a deer. The dad gets out a walks towards the bushes and comes back with half his face gone.the family is attacked by something foul smelling.

The scene shifts to a lavish apartment where Trip, one of the film's main characters meets with a dealer named Radford who provides him with a number of pills for a rave in the desert. Trip steals all the dealer's pills. He meets with his friends Cookie, Nelson, Jack (who is blind) and the driver, Gretchen. The group notices an overturned car on the highway, which they dismiss as an abandoned accident.

Gretchen discovers that Trip is carrying drugs and stops the vehicle to kick him out. She agrees to take him back to a diner, which they discover has been abandoned. The car runs out of gas and inexplicably breaks down so they decide to stay at the "Halfway Motel". Learning from the radio that the highway has been closed, Trip decides to walk down the road for help. After walking into a room in which he does not see the mother from the opening of the film--now with a damaged mouth and unable to speak, carving "Tell my son I lov(e him)"--Jack and Gretchen pitch camp and decide to sleep outdoors. After a haunting experience with the drug dealer Radford, Trip escapes and meets a man driving an RV named Henry who is looking for his wife that has gone missing. He goes with Trip to the motel and sets up camp there. Trip doesn't tell his friends about his run-in with Radford but tells them to be careful and to scream if they see or hear anything. (Much to Jack's chagrin)

Looking for signal for his phone, Trip releases from a rubbish skip the still living head torso and arms of a truck driver who then crawls away. Henry then meets trip and discovers that Trip as well is seeing the dead people. While in his camper, Henry collapses, suffocating as a dark figure moves through the trailer. Still looking for reception, Trip is attacked on the roof by a hooded figure. Cookie is attacked whilst sitting on the pit toilet and killed by being dragged into the hole. Upon noticing her absence, Nelson is almost dragged under his bed but pulls himself back up and jumps on top of the bed. He takes his sneaker off and drops it on the ground, watching as it is shredded. He then tries to escape by jumping through the window. However a shard of glass cuts his throat and he dies. He is found by Gretchen and Jack. They go to the RV to tell Henry, only to find that he is also dead. Gretchen decides to look for Trip and leaves Jack, who encounters the creature. As he tries to get away, Trip starts shooting at the figure with his gun, giving Jack time to get away. Trip is overpowered by the creature and dies.

Jack and Gretchen board the RV with Jack on top to try and fend off the creature. He falls down the ladder at the back, and the creature stabs him in the back of the head, similar to his story of how he was blinded in the first place, he is suddenly able to see the creature, but due to the damage to his head he is unable to fend it off. Gretchen crashes the RV and the pair again flee it. She lays Jack into the back of their car and she jumps into the driver's seat. As they drive, they discover the creature is again on the roof of the car, trying to stab Gretchen in her seat. Jack iterates something he had said previously; "If you want to live, you can't be afraid to die" and she abruptly swerves the car, causing it to flip over and over, coming to rest at the side of the road. She is recovered by Radford, and pulled clear of the wreck.

An RV had crashed into Gretchen's car after Trip had gotten out to call for a ride. None of the group had noticed that the RV, whose driver, Henry had suffered a massive heart attack and lost control as his wife, Rose had explained. The car that the group had seen leaving the diner was in fact their own (as seen after Gretchen crashed the car again herself) Each of the deaths at the hotel were reflected by their death in the car; Cookie had died from internal bleeding, Nelson had been thrown through the windshield, cutting his neck on the glass, Trip's arm was severed gripping the cell phone (as when he was attacked) and died from blunt force trauma while Jack, who had received a massive head injury, and Gretchen who was wearing her seat belt remained in the car and alive. Radford, who had been stalking Trip witnessed the accident and attempted to assist, hence the visions of him at the motel and highway.

In the final scene Gretchen and Jack briefly discuss the fact that neither has any recollection of the accident and no mention is made of the incidents at the motel, Jack comments that for a moment in the crash, he thought he could see Gretchen, offhandedly mentioning the color of her eyes.



The movie has a 67 percent fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes, with eight out of 12 critics giving it positive reviews. Variety critic John Anderson wrote called it a "glossy, gory takeoff on the teensploitation slasher flick that might just shock skeptics by scaring up crossover success."

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