It's been over 20 years since River Phoenix passed away, and the last film that he shot, Dark Blood, is finally getting released. Lionsgate picked up the rights to the film and will be distributing if through VOD.
The thriller was directed by George Sluizer, and the story follows a character played by Phoenix named Boy, "a young widower who retreats to the desert after his wife dies of radiation following nuclear tests near their home. Boy is waiting for the end of the world and carves Katchina dolls that supposedly contain magical powers. Harry (Jonathan Pryce) and Buffy (Judy Davis) travel to the desert on a second honeymoon in an attempt to save their marriage. Their Bentley breaks down in the middle of nowhere and the couple is rescued by Boy. Boy holds them prisoner because of his desire for the woman and his ambition to create a better world with her."
Phoenix died in the middle of the film's production in 1993. It was thought that the movie could not be completed. Years later Sluizer announced that he had hidden away some of the footage from the movie, and that he wanted to complete it. So with a little rewriting and some editing he was able to do that.
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