Hanging out at some campgrounds one nice summer day, 19-year-old Ray Pye (Marc Senter) decides to murder two young women. His friends, Jen (Shay Astar) and Tim (Alex Frost), witness the murder and help him cover it up. Four years later, Ray has never been arrested for the crime. Detective Charlie Schilling and his ex-partner, Ed Anderson, know that Ray did it. They just could never prove it. Charlie figures it's about time they did prove it. He's ready to push Ray harder than ever. Meanwhile, Ray has met his match in a new girl in town. Her name's Katherine Wallace. Kath is a bad girl. Her and Ray are a potentially explosive combination. Throw in the fact that Ed is having a summer fling with Sally Richmond, a girl young enough to be his daughter. And Sally's just gotten a job at the motel that Ray manages. Ray has his eye on her. Charlie and Ed never found the gun that Ray used to murder the women at the campground. That rifle, as well as a handgun, are hidden behind the mirror in Ray's bathroom. Ray can only be pushed so far. The time will come when he takes the mirror off the wall and shows everyone who is in charge.
After seeing the other film based off a Jack Ketchum film, "The Girl Next Door" I was excited to see this one as well and it delivered on all fronts. The cast is a top notch mix of veteran and not so famous actors and everyone did a remarkable job at playing their characters. You can call this a horror film if you want but it's much more than that, this is a character driven thriller about a man that obsession to control people and once I young women with her own problems enters his life he no longer has that control and begins to slowly crack. The film is indeed violent and shocking but also very realistic and powerful. The film does not hide the facts and the realism might be a reason it never got the right release it deserved as it is raw and at times brutal. Let's give Director Chris Sivertson, who also wrote the screenplay credit here for staying true to the novel which is not only brave but necessary. If you enjoyed the last film mentioned above or are just a fan of fact-based thrillers you are going to want to check The Lost out as it's a entertaining film that is satisfying and a must for any Ketchum fans as well.The DVD comes with special features that include:
Audio Commentary with Novelists Jack Ketchum and Monica O' Rourke
Released by Anchor Bay Home Entertainment. ***** Out Of *****