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Intermedio (2005)

A group of four teenage friends become trapped in a Mexican border tunnel where they fall prey, one-by one, to tortured ghosts who haunt it.

Director:

Andrew Lauer (as Andy Lauer)

Writer:

Kraig Wenman (screenplay) (as Kraig X. Wenman)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Furlong ... Malik
Steve Railsback ... Old Man
Cerina Vincent ... Gen
Amber Benson ... Barbie
Callard Harris ... Wes
Paul Cram ... Zee
Alejandro Samaniego ... Jorge
Dean N. Arevalo Dean N. Arevalo ... Al (as Dean Arevalo)
Eric Caselton ... Billy
Josef Geiger Josef Geiger ... Dayton
Richard Miranda Richard Miranda ... Uncle Carlos
Michael Latt Michael Latt ... Young Malik
Serina Latt Serina Latt ... Young Gen
Adam Gobble ... Young Wes
Dominic Ceci Dominic Ceci ... Acid Burned Intermedio
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Storyline

Four teenagers, Malik, Gem, Barbie and Wes, take a excursion to an old series of mine tunnels under the border area of California and Mexico where they, and a few other people traveling by, become trapped and are soon set upon by ghosts of a series of victims who are under the control of a warlock bent on carnage. Written by Anonymous

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In the caves of Mexico...There is something worse than death.

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Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence/gore, language and drug content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The In Between See more »

Filming Locations:

Acton, California, USA See more »

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Budget:

$750,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The cast on Amber Benson's foot is real. Shortly before filming, a landscaping mishap at home caused several fractures. See more »

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After Gen steals the necklace from the old man, you see her holding it in her hand. In the next shot though the old man is still clearly wearing the necklace but in the following shot it's gone and Gem is holding again. See more »

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Wes: What, the ass?
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A must for Cerina Vincent fans
20 February 2011 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

2005's "Intermedio" (i.e. "inbetween") is a low-budget horror flick about four youths who attempt to make a drug score with a couple of Mexicans they meet up with in a tunnel complex between the U.S. and Mexico. Yet, unknown to them the tunnels are haunted by killer ghosts controlled by a man with a vial containing the last drop of blood of each specter (or something along these lines).

WHAT DOESN'T WORK:

  • The special effects are very low-budget, particularly a scene where a girl is chopped in half, but they didn't bother me a bit since I'm used to the F/X of, say, the Original Star Trek TV series. As long as the story's good I can accept poor F/X.


  • Once the youths enter into the tunnel system the locations become one-dimensional for the next full hour. Needless to say, dark tunnels can wear out their welcome real fast.


  • The plot is good and the actors do their best to illustrate seriousness, horror and tension, but all-in-all I didn't find the story all that compelling.


WHAT WORKS:

  • Cerina Vincent was 25 at the time and in her physical prime. She wears tight black pants and a red billy shirt throughout most of the film and never looked better, except maybe in 2006's "Sasquatch Mountain." She's involved in most of the action and is, in fact, the heroine of the story.


  • Amber Benson and Edward Furlong (the juvenile John Conner from "Terminator 2: Judgment Day") are also on hand as two of the other youths; take note if you're a fan.


  • The film was shot in Acton, California and Calico Ghost Town, Calico Dry Lake Bed, Mojave Desert. These locations are fine except the overlong time the film bogs down in the tunnels.


FINAL WORD: "Intermedio" is worthwhile if, like me, you're a fan of the beautiful Cerina Vincent who looks fabulous throughout, as well as other actors like Amber Benson and Edward Furlong. I also recommend the film if you enjoy desert crisis/survival flicks in general, horror bent or not. The plot's good, but the tunnel sequence is overlong and the story's execution fails to fully captivate despite the earnest efforts of the cast (not that some of them are the best actors, but they're certainly earnest). Stay away if you can't stomach low-budget special effects.

The film runs 82 minutes.

GRADE: C (but Cerina Vincent is an A+ all the way)


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