See a Trailer for Last River Phoenix Film 'Dark Blood' & Help Finish It

May 25, 2012

Dark Blood

Last fall we learned that director George Sluizer (the man behind both the original and American remake of The Vanishing starring Jeff Bridges and Kiefer Sutherland) was looking to finally release Dark Blood, the film which holds the last performance of the late River Phoenix. Despite a complete disapproval and a lack of cooperation from the Phoenix family, Sluzier is pushing forward to finish the film this year and is taking to the Dutch crowd-funding site CineCrowd to raise money for the post-production costs of editing after figuring out how to fix the narrative gaps from incomplete filming. There's a trailer to watch below!

Here's the trailer for George Sluizer's Dark Blood starring River Phoenix via

As for the director's motivations for finally finishing the film, he says, “[The] fact is, I suddenly became ill about 4 years ago -- an aneurysm -- and was told my years could be limited. So I wanted to finish the movie now. It came as an urgency to me, but I also knew there was still good film material.” And so, over at CineCrowd, you can donate money to help finish the film which Sluizer hopes to premiere at the Dutch Film Festival later this year. If you donate enough you even get a producer credit on the film. I'm certainly interested in seeing if this comes together as a solid film with incomplete footage, but I'm not sure if the reception will be all that great.

Written by Jim Barton, Dark Blood stars Phoenix as Boy "a youthful widower who lives as a hermit on a nuclear testing site, waiting for the end of the world while making dolls that he believes have magical powers. He comes to the aid of a couple (played by Jonathan Pryce and Judy Davis) when their car breaks down as they are traveling through the desert." Stay tuned for details on the hopeful, eventual release.

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  • Finish it? Really? What does that even mean?
    •  Did you read the article? They need funding to help with post-production costs.
  • DoomCanoe
  • Redman Sack
    looks good, RP was always a great actor.  too bad what happened.
  • Poor trailer editing...
  • basedgodard
    If you want to see an very interesting example of an "unfinished" film that was released, look into Andrzej Zulawski's On the Silver Globe, which was released back in 1989.   
  • BinaryChaos
    Why doesn't he reboot it? lol
    • Ahurrdurr
      a hurr durr, why dont we reboot your brain
      • BinaryChaos
        That was incredibly lame get a sense of humor.
  • BeeBee
    This is best left unfinished and unseen.
  • squiggysmom1
    Wow, I did not recognize him at first. The drugs seem to have taken their toll long before his death. What a terrible loss to the world.




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