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Review: 'The Rambler' is a hitchhiker horror that travels a deceptive path
Picture Clint Eastwood blundering into a David Lynch movie and you'll have "The Rambler," Calvin Lee Reeder's hallucinatory hitchhiker horror about a taciturn ex-con (Dermot Mulroney) who keeps stumbling across strangers — and corpses — that might not actually exist. Either way, he doesn't much seem to care. He's just a cowboy trying to make it to his brother's pony farm in Oregon, but like Odysseus in blue jeans — albeit, a much less talkative Odysseus — he's beset by a dozen devils, including a fight promoter who forces him to battle a man with a hook, a traveling magician with a dream machine that makes people's heads explode, and a nameless beautiful blond (Lindsay Pulsipher, the star of Reeder's equally incoherent "The Oregonian") who rides horses, does the splits and is occasionally maimed, killed or resurrected as a skin-crawling wraith. And we haven't even gotten to the taxidermy lizards.
By Amy Nicholson
June 12, 2013