A horror movie based on the abuse at a prison-like “attitude-adjustment camp for troubled youths” starring Diamond Dallas Page (The Devil’s Rejects) and directed/co-written by Tim Sullivan (2001 Maniacs) holds a modicum of promise. Weaving supernatural elements into the already surreal and hostile environment engendered by these inhumane dumping grounds may seem unnecessary, but the idea of a ghost wandering the halls of a torture camp is generally a no-lose proposition. Unfortunately, Sullivan and his below-par cast of actors – most of whom come from shows like Laguna Beach and 7th Heaven, though star Raviv Ullman was the main character on Disney Channel’s Phil of the Future – appear undecided on their roles in Driftwood. Is it going to be a scared-straight look at the horrors of life on the inside of one of these teen-storage facilities? Is it going to be a spooky thriller? A profanity-laced tale about bonding on the inside and sticking it to an abuser? It’s all of these and none of these; ultimately, the thin production values, overblown acting and confused plotline make Driftwood little more than a contender for Lifetime After Dark.
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