The Mummy an' the Armadillo
It was a dark and stormy night along Route 66. But when Sarah (Clare Kramer) makes a pit stop at a ramshackle cafe, what she finds inside is anything but cliche. Housing a mini-museum of oddities -- including a mummified human being and a stuffed armadillo -- the eatery also holds secrets that Sarah's visit seems destined to unlock. The ensemble supporting cast includes Lori Heuring, Busy Philipps, Jodi Lyn O'Keefe and Johnathon Schaech.
The synopsis led me to believe this movie was going to be something else.... and I also found out it was originally a stage play. I liked the movie, but I would rather have watched it as a play. In a play you can actually enjoy a wide view setting instead of watching the zoomed in faces of actresses trying to look 'worried' and licking/biting their lips.
The horror/terror element wasn't derived from bloody guts but the history of the characters is terrible as you find out more and more about the individual characters in the movie. This movie seriously looks closely into the madness of a family and the hard work that goes into keeping family secrets a secret.
If you don't mind watching a movie that is heavy with dialog, filmed in the diner for 95 percent of the time and lots of close up face shots, go for it. The movie does a good job of showing dysfunctional family dynamics.
Any suggestions for my next movie night?