Planet Terror actress Rose McGowan stars as Dr. Sonny Blake, a successful radio show host who moves back to her hometown after the death of her alcoholic father. She moves in to his old house, saying that it had been on the market, but “an elephant would be easier to sell these days.”
Her neighbor, Mr. Crumb, advises her to avoid Cam, the paperboy with creepy black eyes, who she soon discovers is quite a nuisance.
After a strange phone call at the station, Blake returns home to find that some of her things have been moved. Panicked, she calls her boyfriend (Barrett, played by Sonny Marinelli) to come over and insists it must have been Cam. Skeptical of her theory, Barrett waves it off as stress from the move.
Blake’s theory, however, is soon confirmed as she discovers Cam in her basement soon after. The kid is pushy and she has no clue how he got in. She ends up chasing him down the street with a baseball bat, along with several neighborhood dogs.
After discussing her situation with the cops, she learns that the paperboy’s real name is Derek Barber, a kid with a medical condition known as aniridia. This disorder is characterized by a colorless iris; the iris hue never develops and remains black like the pupil.
As time goes on, Blake’s encounters with the paperboy become more and more horrifying. He becomes even more dangerous and lands Barrett in the hospital with a concussion and a leg cast.
The paperboy is quite elusive. And just when you think they’ve got him, he strikes again somewhere else.
Derek was a character I loved to hate. His sociopathic tendencies were quite obvious to me and though the aniridia was not necessary, it did add that element of “the unknown” at least in a way; the neighborhood residents didn’t understand the condition and assumed his eyes were black because he was not human. It added to the mystery.
There were times when I was screaming at the screen, frustrated with Blake’s confusion and lack of movement. I don’t think she was stupid by any means, but there were certain moments she did not take advantage of.
This film’s ending left me feeling just like the other characters: confused, afraid, and angry. Barely any questions were answered, although perhaps it was better that way.
I give this film 4 out of 5 hearts.
The Good: Great characters. Fabulous interweaving with small details and background information. Loved to hate the paperboy.
The Bad: Too many unanswered questions. Left it very open-ended.
Gore Rating: Low. Dead bodies, blood, and some violence.
Lights Out Challenge: I watched the entire thing with the lights off, but I can’t deny the fact that the paperboy gave me the creeps.
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