Rosewood Lane (2011): or The Paperboy Vs. Rose McGowan
Pitch Black), becomes a spooky supernatural force that actually carried some weight to it. However, Mr. Owens is also pushing thirty while trying to play a teen. The fact that McGowan’s character, clearly a smart woman, would think that he was a high school kid seems far fetched, but it was brought up time and time again when she talked to the police. There’s also something to be said about his outfit. Clad in a blue cap, a red and white baseball t-shirt, and blue jeans sitting astride a bike, he looks the picture of what you would think Dennis the Menace would look like if he grew up and took menacing to a whole different level. It’s ludicrous, but it works because it seems so wholesome, a throwback to the 1950’s. Salva even manages to make a simple movement by The Paperboy, putting his foot on the bike’s pedal into a suspenseful moment with heft. There is also an especially effective scene that I feel sure is an homage to Clockwork Orange, another film that turned old pieces of popular culture into harbingers of doom.