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River Phoenix’s Final Film ‘Dark Blood’ Gets Debut

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Nearly 20 years after his sudden death, River Phoenix’s final film, Dark Blood, will be seen now that Dutch director George Sluizer has completed it. The trailer is below.

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The former child star, River Phoenix, died of a heart attack in 1993 on Halloween night outside the Viper Room in Los Angeles, and left one unfinished movie behind. Phoenix had been shooting Dark Blood, an apocalyptic drama set on a nuclear testing site, before his death, and Dutch director George Sluizer has finished it, and will debut it at the Netherlands Film Festival in Utrecht in September.
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Sluizer had abandoned the project right after the actor’s death, but he took the footage back to the Netherlands fearing that the film might be destroyed and never see the light of day. You might not recognize his name, but the director’s best known work was the chilling 1988 thriller Spoorloos, remade as The Vanishing (1993) starring Jeff Bridges and Kiefer Sutherland. The remake was not nearly as powerful as the original so if you’ve not seen it, it’s highly recommended. The original that is.
river phoenix with judy david in dark blood movie 2012
River Phoenix plays Boy, a young widower living on a nuclear testing site in the desert. While he waits for the end of the world, Boy carves Katchina dolls that supposedly contain magical powers. His life is disrupted when a Hollywood jet-set couple travelling across the desert become stranded after their car breaks down. Boy rescues the couple and then takes them prisoner. Dark Blood also stars Judy Davis, Jonathan Pryce and Karen Black.
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10 comments
entheoapotheosis
entheoapotheosis

This film would've been incredible. Hope it's true that they're releasing a new version this year.

first1lucky
first1lucky

On facebook there is somebody who looks like River , River Phoenix lookalike, It's fantastic!

BedazzleGlitterGal
BedazzleGlitterGal

Karen Black is in this film.. i been told I look like her many, many times... i luv her!

narva77isback
narva77isback

They haven't responded back? Hmm, that's rather strange. But there is a possibility that the Cinecrowd people do not know you donated for Dark Blood, since you've paid through Paypal, and not through Cinecrowd. So they might not know you donated as well, but I don't know exactly how they've organized these things! But maybe you should take that into account. Also, you can follow the updates on Dark Blood at Cinecrowd com, at the Dark Blood page, under "nieuws" (news), but last update was 5/27/12

blakeparker1992
blakeparker1992

Thanks for the feedback. I emailed Cinecrowd a few days ago but they never responded. So I went back and tried Google Translate like you said and signed up (though the registration page wouldn't translate for me, for whatever reason). Hopefully I'll now be updated on the progress of Dark Blood (the film, DVD, etc.). If not, I'll come here on youtube and you and the other River Phoenix fans will keep me updated. :) I definitely don't want this positive experience to turn into a frustrating one!

Starblitzofrainbows
Starblitzofrainbows

poeple should reallly Over look. the night he died. I Did. I watche dthe wholle final thing on youtube. yep i sure did.

Starblitzofrainbows
Starblitzofrainbows

she made his skin crawl he said. i'd give River the respect and not release it. it'd be disturbing wouldnt it if you (Think ) about it.

Starblitzofrainbows
Starblitzofrainbows

remember folks that judy person was realllll mean tro River. of his last few weeks. why release it? Just Sayen.