The Rambler

The Rambler: Secondary Review


(1)  The Rambler (2) Director: Calvin Lee Reeder (3) Screenwriter: Calvin Lee Reeder


Once a man called “The Rambler” is released from prison, while hitchhiking, he goes on a journey through back roads to try and find his long-lost brother. Along his journey, he encounters strange hick people who influence and haunt him throughout his trip. This film seemed to jump around between real life, and imaginary life, or between The Rambler’s conscious and unconscious thoughts. Through this haunting journey of The Rambler, the audience was left uncomfortable and thought provoked as to; why would someone make a movie this disturbing and graphic? There seemed to be no reason for why these disturbing images were placed in scenes and since there was no plot within this film, this allowed the audience the ability to interpret the film as they may.

            On a scale of one to ten, one being ultra mainstream and ten being ultra independent, this film can be viewed as a ten. The independent aspects come from the fact that there isn’t a direct chronological order because the film jumps from reality to imaginary at all different times. The way the scenes in this film were displayed showed that this could be an experimental film because the director chose to throw multiple different horror genres into one film. There wasn’t just zombies or vampires, but presented in this film, there was every type of horror aspect under the sun. Another reason why this film is on the independent spectrum comes from the fact that this would not be put in mainstream theatres because of how graphic the gore and horror was presented. This film didn’t contain the average gore, but instead it showed more blood, guts, heads being blown up, and vile puking people chained to trees like animals.

            The mythic qualities within this film can be seen through how different and unique this film actually is. Because most audiences want to gain or take away something from the film, this film was the exact opposite of that and the Director even said he had no clear message. The Director moved away from the cultural myth that all movies must have a plot and chronological order. Reeder uses “The Rambler” as a person whose myth is living him instead of him living his own myth. The Rambler’s story controls him throughout his entire journey while we watch him go in and out of consciousness, or in and out of this horrific and haunting world. 

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