Going back home is never easy especially for radio psychiatrist Dr. Sonny Blake (Rose McGowan) whose father just died due to an accident in which he fell down his basement steps supposedly in a drunken stupor. Now Sonny must come to grips with the memory of her father, a man she partial hates. This is starting off point for the tense thriller Rosewood Lane (2011) in which Sonny moves into her father’s home only to realize that nothing is what it seems in the neighborhood especially in terms of the local Paperboy (Daniel Ross Owens) who suffers from a medical condition which leaves him without white pupils in his eyes giving him a haunting dead stare and look. Where she see a rare medical condition her neighbors see pure evil as Sonny will soon find out when the Paperboy becomes fixated on her.
Whenever she turns he seems to be to the point that he can be in multiple places at the same time and soon she starts believing that maybe he is pure evil and that he had something to do with the death of her father. It’s only a matter of time before the Paperboy’s advances become deadly violent and she soon believes that her own life is in danger.
Written and directed by Victor Salva this is a tense thriller similar to his previous film Nature of the Beast (1995) and just as thought provoking as both films pit two strong characters against each other in a battle of wills. I’m not a particular big fan of McGowan but she does a really fine job in this film and has an equally supportive cast in Owens not to mention Lin Shaye, Lesley-Anne Down, Ray Wise and Lauren Luna Velez. This is a very satisfying thriller with several twists that I wasn’t expecting. A very enjoyable film.