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River Phoenix Returns From The Grave In Haunting Film

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Has it really been 20 years??

The film River Phoenix was three weeks away from completing when he overdosed and died outside of The Viper Room will soon see the light of day.

Dark Blood features Joaquin Phoenix's older brother as an unstable widower who lives near a nuclear testing site. The character is obsessed with carving Native American figurines because he believes only their magic properties can save him from Armageddon.

Wow.

This one sounds spooky enough without the tragic context surrounding its production.

With the help of external funding, director George Sluizer and editor Michiel Reichwein finally completed the film they set out to make in 1993.

Check out the stirring trailer for River’s last movie (above) but prepare to get the chills!

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9 comments to “River Phoenix Returns From The Grave In Haunting Film”



  1. 1

    :(



  2. 2

    He died of heart failure, with drugs in his system. He didn't overdose. While it doesn't really matter, there is a difference.



  3. 3

    rip river xx

  4. Sarah says – reply to this


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    Has it really been 20 years since what? You can't mean the overdose, or the meant-to-be release date… 20 years since what? I feel so dumb.

  5. annieruth says – reply to this


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    Yes Sarah to both. He died in 1993 and the movie was unfinished then as well.

  6. RiverLestat says – reply to this


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    I think "returns from the grave" is wrong because he was not buried. He was cremated. And also, it's only 18 years since he died. Not 20.



  7. 7

    it was a drug overdose. had he not been on drugs I'm sure his heart would have been fine. Heart issues are common SIDE EFFECTS to drugs

  8. Daisy says – reply to this


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    Fascinating. I like "isolation" films, which are similar to single "parlor" films (where most of it takes place in one locale, one house or one room) where they're almost totally dependent upon characters, their tensions brought to a boil and how they react to them.

    And oh, River. Total beauty, in every, possible way and the best actor I've ever seen. I was a kid in the 90's and had just missed his spark in culture. By the time I was old enough to become a mall rat, he was gone (couldn't see "Stand by Me" as a kid because the language was deemed too "old" for me). I wrote him off as a handsome, tragic "Teen Dream" for far, too long.

    When I finally came around to viewing his films, as an adult, I was floored. Nearly a thousand films later, jaded film buff that I've become — including silents and films from every corner of The Globe — and I'll say it: He was the best. He was so, extraordinarily talented and very humane. I understand the loyalty people — friends, family and fans, alike — had, now. He just had…something. A magnetic charisma. He's the only one who could prompt me to wet my eyes over a film (never thought it could happen) and I didn't feel manipulated into it, at all. It was purely based on the strength of his performance. I look forward to seeing this…

  9. jk says – reply to this


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    [re=6085467]Re: Mista Busta[/re

    LOL the death certificate states he died from a drug OD he had not one but 6 different drugs inn his system, His heart stopped beating lol that is what happens when you die..he OD"D . Good actor or not he was a illegal drug user and paid the price.