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Written by Elaine Lamkin   
Saturday, 12 January 2008

AKA: The In Between
Directed by: Andrew Lauer
Written by: Kraig Wenman
Produced by: David Michael Latt, David Rimawi, Sherri Strain
Cinematography by: Neal Fredericks
Special Effects by: Richard Miranda
Cast: Edward Furlong, Steve Railsback, Cerina Vincent, Amber Benson
Year: 2005
Country: USA
Language: English
Color: Color
Runtime: 82 Minutes

I REALLY wanted to like this movie but to cut to the chase, it was just AWFUL! I had read about it in several genre magazines and the plot seemed promising: 4 young people travel through some haunted tunnels under the California-Mexico border to score some drugs even though two of the characters' fathers had disappeared in the caves when the kids were very young (and are left waiting in a truck, in the desert, while their fathers took off into the tunnels. WHERE are the Child Protection people when you need them?). These two principle characters are Malik (Edward Furlong, T2) and Gen (Cerina Vincent, Cabin Fever) and along for the ride with them are Malik's girlfriend, Barbie (Amber Benson, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Gen's boyfriend Wes (new-comer Callard Harris). There is a lot of confusion (or there was for me) as to who is involved with who as Malik and Gen seemed more of a couple while Barbie and Wes were just "there". And Barbie is on crutches throughout her small contribution to the film as Amber Benson had apparently broken her foot just prior to filming so that was added to the script.  And it made her character quite annoying and whiny unfortunately.

Anyway, there is a LOT of ridiculous running back and forth in the tunnels, the bare lightbulbs keep flickering or going out temporarily (of course!), the usually great Steve Railsback (Helter Skelter, Ed Gein, The Devil's Rejects) is there to menace the kids with an oversize pick-ax, the kids make their drug connection which goes gruesomely wrong and there is the little problem with the changing head count of just exactly how many people are running away from these ghosts or "Intermedios" (Spanish for "in between") who seem to be controlled by Steve Railsback's character, the Old Man. This is SO obviously a VERY low-budget movie that it's laughable. Some of the sets moved when they should have been "solid rock", I expected more, acting-wise, from Furlong, Vincent and Benson, the ghosts just look like somebody's weird idea of an x-ray, the dialogue was just dreadful and don't even get me started on the Old Man's "amulet". I hate trashing low-budget horror movies as there are so many GOOD ones out there and nearly all of them are made by people who really CARE about them, this one was the directorial debut for actor Andrew Lauer (television series Caroline in the City) and I really had high hopes for Intermedio but don't bother. There are no scares, the gory scenes aren't gross and there is just no logic to any of it. BIG disappointment!!









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