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Rosewood Lane (2011)

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When radio talk show psychiatrist, Dr. Sonny Blake, moves back to her hometown, she takes notice of her neighborhood paper boy's unusual behavior.

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Victor Salva

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Rose McGowan ... Dr. Sonny Blake
Daniel Ross Owens ... Derek Barber
Sonny Marinelli ... Barrett Tanner
Luna Lauren Velez ... Paula Crenshaw (as Lauren Vélez)
Ray Wise ... Det. Danny Briggs
Tom Tarantini ... Det. Mike Sabatino
Rance Howard ... Fred Crumb
Steve Tom ... Glenn Forrester
Lesley-Anne Down ... Dr. Cloey Talbot
Lin Shaye ... Mrs. Hawthorne
Bill Fagerbakke ... Hank Hawthorne
Judson Mills ... Darren Summers
Ashton Moio ... Kid Hawthorne
Christopher Gehrman ... Animal Shelter Attendant
Shari Carlson Shari Carlson ... Nurse
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Storyline

One year after the death of her father, psychiatrist and radio talk show host Dr. Sonny Blake, returns to Rosewood Lane in Stillwater to live in his house. Sonny who was abused by her father is a traumatized woman receiving therapy from Dr. Cloey. Sonny's boyfriend DA Barrett Tanner helps her move to a new home. On her arrival, the next door neighbor advises Sonny that the paperboy is a dangerous weirdo. Sonny finds that the paperboy has broken into her house and might be the person who killed her father. Detectives Briggs and Sabatino don't believe Sonny, thinking that it is her imagination. When Tanner is attacked and goes missing Sonny and her friend Paula Crenshaw call the police, but he is not found in the house. Is Sonny freaking out or is the paperboy an evil being? Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro,

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Evil Dwells in the Most Unlikely Places

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Horror | Thriller

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Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 July 2012 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

A Casa de Rosewood Lane See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Hollywood Media Bridge See more »
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The town Sonny moves to is Stillwater, when she enters the town the sign states Stillwater's neighboring towns are Pertwilla and Poho. Both of those towns were places in Victor Salva's other movie Jeepers Creepers (2001). See more »

Goofs

The bridge that is featured every time Sonny leaves the city is the Sydney Habour Bridge in Australia. Lunar Park is clearly visible in the background. This is despite the fact that the film is set in the USA. See more »

Quotes

Det. Briggs: What part of this is real? And what part of this is just a little girl who moved back to the hell she grew up in, because this time she thought she could kick its ass?
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References The Paper Boy (1994) See more »

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Solid psycho thriller for genre fans
25 July 2015 | by klusebaSee all my reviews

"Rosewood Lane" is a quite solid mixture of a gripping psycho thriller and a haunting supernatural horror movie. It may not be an excellent film but it's an entertaining, intense and suitable B movie for genre fans.

The plot isn't the most original one and somewhat predictable for genre fans. On the other side, the fact that the viewers might guess that certain events are going to happen even adds to the anxious anticipation. The movie's atmosphere plays with the audience's expectations. I also liked the somewhat controversial ending of this movie.

Honestly said, some of the characters in this film are rather shallow and quite stereotypical. Their actions are as predictable as stupid. Still, the frustration and nervousness the viewer feels towards the characters raises the emotional connection to the film itself which is a positive element.

The acting isn't extraordinary but solid enough to keep the audience interested until the end. The cameo appearances of cult actors such as Lin Shaye and Ray Wise are a nice gimmick for genre fans as well.

The movie is directed by the controversial Victor Salva and has a similar style as his other movies such as the surprise hit Jeepers Creepers. This film includes several autobiographical elements since the director has had a complicated relationship with his family like the main actress and since he has already worked as a delivery boy similar to the main villain. These elements are well integrated into the story line and add some content to an ordinary plot, depth to an average acting and emotions to an otherwise predictable effort.

The atmospheric elements of this film are solid. The lighting techniques are suitable since a lot of scenes are taking place in the dark. The Locations are simple but efficient. The sound techniques are quite good and include uneasy moments of silence, nerve-wrecking whispers and quiet sounds but also sudden noisy movements and spoken word passages. The score isn't unique but it adds to the sinister atmosphere. All these elements offer at least a handful of creepy moments throughout the movie and one or two light jump scares which is what I'm expecting from such a movie.

Overall, "Rosewood Lane" is a well done horror movie that turns out being entertaining over ninety minutes. It's not the kind of movie I would watch at the cinema, purchase at full price or judge as a genre highlight but I would definitely watch it again, suggest it for a horror movie night with a couple of friends and tell you that the harsh reviews are a little bit too cynical, exaggerated and serious. Genre fans should try this flick out without any hesitation.


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