Marcus Adams (2003)

15 Certificate


Our Score
In this atmospheric horror from director Marcus Adams, embittered divorcee Madeleine Stowe searches for her teenage daughter (Mischa Barton), lost to a blood-drinking cult who scour motorway service stations for their victims. Liberally laced with sex-and-splatter jolts and Vanishing-style anguish, this unusual terror tale is a gripping collision of neon-lit car smashes, disorientating close-ups and well-oiled eeriness. Working as a curious take on undead mythology (Near Dark is the closest comparison), auto-focused religious mania (Crash its antecedent) and as a potent dramatisation of mental and marital breakdown, Adams's haunting danse macabre exerts a lethal grip even when navigating a few climactic speed bumps. With a great soundtrack from Orbital, it's a canny package of surreal nightmare scenarios that effectively delivers both visual and visceral thrills.


A divorcee plays a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a sinister blood-drinking cult, whose members prowl lonely late-night service stations in search of victims and have persuaded her rebellious teenage daughter to join them. Horror, starring Madeleine Stowe, Norman Reedus, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers and Mischa Barton.

Cast & Crew

Senga Madeleine Stowe
Nat Mischa Barton
The Father Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Recovery man Norman Reedus
Backpacker Bijou Phillips
Joyrider Leo Gregory
Vacation man Gary Parker
Vacation woman Amber Batty
Director Marcus Adams
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Buena VistaGuidance: Contains violence, swearing and drug abuse.Available on: video and DVDReleased on: 14 Nov 2003