The Vacation that Became a Nightmare
Director Bob Yari’s “MindGames” stars Maxwell Caulfield in this taut psychological thriller about a family’s battle for survival against a cruel, scheming stranger.
Trapped in an unhappy marriage, Dana Lund (Edward Albert) and his wife, Rita (Shawn Weatherly) try to bring new life into their relationship by taking a trip through northern California with their 10-year-old son Kevin (Matt Norero). Along the way they pick up Eric (Caulfield) an amiable hitchhiker who is a psychology student. Eric’s charm mask something much deeper— he is psychotic. Eric senses the Lund’s vulnerability and decides to take control of the family and destroy it through deceit and emotional manipulation. At first the Lunds are easy prey until they realize they’ve become victims of a bizarre reign of terror. They begin to fight back in a desperate attempt to save themselves.
Caulfield turns in a masterful performance making this more than a typical horror flick. Eric’s motives were not transparent but were revealed slowly and surely through his journal. We see how one twisted individual can wreak havoc on unwitting people. The film also shows why families should be protected and why strangers should be kept away from children.
We know what’s going to happen because it’s what happens in this kind of film. The stranger sleeps with the unhappy wife and then decides that the father has to go.
There is little violence and a lot of tension.
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the main feature in 1.78:1 aspect ratio.
English 2.0 Stereo Audio
Optional English Subtitles
NEW! The Making of Mind Games (HD, 108 mins) [brand new feature length retrospective of the film featuring interviews with stars Maxwell Caulfield, Matt Norero and Shawn Weatherly, producer Mary Apick and director Bob Yari]
NEW! ”Bob Yari: Portrait of a Producer” (HD, 33 mins) [retrospective featurette on the career of the producer of the Academy Award Best Picture Winning Crash , The Illusionist , Find Me Guilty and many others]
Original Theatrical Trailer (SD, 01:13)
Reversible Sleeve Featuring Alternate Artwork