Hit And Run (2009)

Seemingly based on the same true story as Stuart Gordon’s Stuck, Hit and Run is the story of a young girl; Mary, driving home drunk one night, who has a minor collision which she writes off as nothing more than ‘hitting a car tire’. When she gets home, she goes about her evening routine in the normal manner until she hears a strange noise in the garage. Upon going to investigate said noise she discovers, what we later learn, is the impaled body of a kindergarten teacher, on the front of her car. Like any person of sound mind in her situation, when she realises that the man isn’t quite as deceased as he first seemed she takes his cries for help as fighting talk and bludgeons him in the head with a nearby golf club. That’s when things start to go a bit wrong for her….

Hit and Run is a shining example of just how deceptive a straight-to-DVD horror flick can be these days. While ten years or so ago, the quality of a film, or lack thereof, was blindingly obvious from the absence of any discernable budget, these days bad horror films appear to have the same production values as good horror films, sometimes better. Hit and Run certainly looks good. Unfortunately what it makes up for in its visuals, it lacks in any real depth.

Laura Breckenridge is competent in the lead role and shows the required amount of terror/madness/complete meltdown where needed throughout the movie. Her co-stars, however few, show the same competency which goes some way to giving a wafer thin plot a little more substance, but adequate performances aren’t enough to save it.

The first two thirds contain some genuinely nail-biting moments but the last act is just too silly for words and detracts from anything of worth that might have come before it. There are parts that are so completely out of place that they’re forehead-smackingly inexplicable and only serve to open up gaping plot holes and make you question everything you‘ve seen so far.

By the end of the movie I was turning over several different possible scenarios in my head in an effort to explain what I’d just seen but I fear that by doing this, I’m crediting the director and writer with more ingenuity than they actually showed. Whoever wrote the script also displayed a distinct lack of knowledge of mental illnesses. To say that one of the characters was bi-polar is fine, as long as we’re now using the term bi-polar as some sort of tactful code for all-out-psychopath.

All in all, if you’re going to watch a film revolving around an annoying twit who gets involved in a car accident and lives to regret it then you’re better off watching the aforementioned Stuck over this atrocity.

Rating: ★★★★☆☆☆☆☆☆

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