Badlands of Kain – USA, 2016 – reviews

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‘The only thing worse than being lost is never being found.’

Badlands of Kain is a 2016 American supernatural horror feature film directed by Andy Palmer (Camp Cold Brook; The Funhouse Massacre; Alien Strain) from a screenplay by actress and filmmaker Rachelle Dimaria. The Petri Entertainment production stars Rachelle Dimaria, Katrina Norman, Paul Soter and Jordan Belfi.


Shannon and Kris embark on a cross country road trip, to put back the pieces of their strained friendship. Unfortunately, it all falls apart when their car breaks down near Kain, Arizona.; a place where you can check in anytime you want, but you can never leave…

Reviews [may contain spoilers]:

“The film does offer a few tense scenes and strange interactions. Still, the film’s conflicts are minimal. And because of this, Badlands of Kain is a slow burn feature. The final scenes do explain how Kain was created and how Terry got there. But, they do not adequately explain how or why Shannon and Kris were sent to this supernatural limbo.” 28 Days Later Analysis

“With the characters of Kain being written so realistically, I think we could have seen a much darker side of the town. The running time is 109 minutes and unfortunately because of the slow burn nature, it feels every bit as long as that.”  AdamTheMovieGod

Badlands of Kain does an excellent job building tension and dread, slowly unraveling the mystery of the strange little town and its unusual inhabitants. Driven by powerful performances and a smartly crafted script, the film keeps you guessing until the effective and satisfying ending.” Morbidly Beautiful

Cast and characters:

  • Rachelle Dimaria … Shannon – Grandma’s House; Alien Strain; Alien Dawn
  • Katrina Norman … Kris
  • Paul Soter … Terry
  • Jordan Belfi … Mack
  • James Marshall … PJ
  • Scott Evans … Josh
  • Kaylee Wing … Emma Jean
  • Nikki Tomlinson … Wanda
  • Anna Lillie … Store Clerk
  • Lyn Mahler … Susan
  • Leigh Hall … Cecily
  • Linda Sherdel … Townsperson
  • Trent Walker … Townsperson
  • Paul Bowman … Townsperson
  • Anita Boyd … Townsperson

Filming locations:

Bakersfield, Kernville and Lake Isabella, California

Running time:

109 minutes

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