Dark Blood

(2014)

Dealing with nuclear testing and its long-lasting deadly effects, the story portrays Boy, a young widower living in the desert on a nuclear testing site. Living as a hermit,he waits for the end of the world carving Katchina dolls that he believes have magical powers. While traveling on a "second" honeymoon across the Arizona desert,the car of a Hollywood jet-set couple breaks down. They are rescued by Boy, who holds them prisoners because he desires the woman and wants to create a better world with her.

River Phoenix's Final Movie ‘Dark Blood’ Gets a U.S. Release

River Phoenix's Final Movie ‘Dark Blood’ Gets a U.S. Release

River Phoenix fans and completists will finally get to see his final film, the existential Western Dark Blood, sometime later this year as Lionsgate acquires the North American rights to the movie. A VOD release is being planned.

The rights to the film have been tied up for decades. River Phoenix passed away during the middle of shooting in 1993, leaving only 80% of the production completed. Co-writer and director George Sluizer has been trying to sell Dark Blood since completing the film last year, when it made its debut at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival. It has since made numerous festival appearances, finally being picked up by Lionsgate this week at Cannes.

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River Phoenix's Final Film ‘Dark Blood’ to Be Released

Director George Sluizer plans to finish his dramatic thriller Dark Blood some eighteen years after production came to a halt due to the sudden and unexpected death of his leading man, River Phoenix.

The actor was shooting Dark Blood in 1993 when he died of a heart attack on Halloween night outside the Los Angeles club the Viper Room. Shortly after the incident happened, George Sluizer hid the footage away, fearing that the film would be destroyed. He has now pulled that footage out of storage and re-edited it. He believes that he will be able to deliver a final cut of the film with a few tweaks and adjustments, and a new voice over. River Phoenix was only eleven days away from wrapping the film when he died.

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