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The Locusts

Director/Writer: John Patrick Kelley
Director of Photography:Phedon Papmichael
Editors:Erica Flaum and Kathryn Himoff
Music:Carter Burwell
Production Designer:Sherman Williams
Producers:Beth Holden, Brad Krevoy, Steven Stabler and Bradley Thomas
Orion; R; 124 minutes
Release:10/97
Cast:Kate Capshaw, Jeremy Davies, Ashley Judd, Paul Rudd, Daniel Meyer, Vince Vaughn and Jessica Capshaw

Rural 1960's Kansas provides the backdrop for this dark, twisted tale about a drifter (Vaughn) who finds himself entangled in the lives of his new employer, sadistic widow Delilah Potts (Capshaw) and her mute and damaged son Flyboy (Davies). A climactic, disturbing denouement more than makes up for some painfully slow pacing. The cast gives stellar performances; Capshaw's venomously oppressive villainess is perfectly fleshed out, and Davies brilliantly portrays her profoundly abused son. The Potts' ranch, with its dark interiors rife with secrets, perfectly illustrates the corruption that lays just beneath the surface of seemingly idyllic small-town America.


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