The film is something that requires a few solid views to capture everything that has been presented in its 105 minute run time. Where the film could travel down a path that numerous films have taken, I believe that it provides a fresh take on the horror and suspense genres. Sam Worthington and Brian Heigh do a stellar job in creating the camaraderie that two detectives would have after working together. The whodunit aspect of Texas Killing Fields will have viewers on the edges of their seats, as the different suspects all have a compelling reason to commit these heinous acts.
I believe that the audio commentary laid down by Donald F. Ferrarone and the film’s director (Ami Canaan Mann) allows an analytic light to be shone on the film. By doing this, a greater appreciation for Texas Killing Fields can be granted – there is much more in the shadows than one would normally expect
The brief backstories that are provided for each of the film’s actors further flesh out the reasonings and rationales. I like the fact that the actors do not exist in a Manichean world – there is no good nor bad, just a number of varying shades of gray. The transfer that Anchor Bay has provided for viewers is extremely sharp, which highlights the specific atmospheric and environmental choices that factor in to the film. The audio quality is similarly strong, affording viewers the opportunity to solve the crimes without any film-based impediments. Texas Killing Fields is a film that has not gotten the love that it deserves, but any fan of thriller, horror, or suspense flicks would do well to search out a copy. Kudos to Anchor Bay for finding this title and making it available on such a large basis.
Texas Killing Fields (Blu-Ray) / 2012 Anchor Bay / 105 Minutes / http://www.anchorbayentertainment.com