Texas Killing Fields
For decades already, a serial killer has found his home around a marsh, locally called the Texas Killing Fields. When another car is found empty near the Killing Fields, detective Pam Stall calls in the help of Texas City Police investigators Mike Souder (Pam’s ex) and Brian Heigh.
Although the two are working on another local homicide case and it isn’t really their jurisdiction, Brian gets drawn in when the killer makes a call from the marsh to his phone number at the police station and lets the victim shout out her fear. When a young girl who Brian has made a connection with suddenly goes missing, the detectives put their lives on the line to save her…
Sound and Vision:
The image looks a bit soft and has washed out colors but that’s intentionally done by the director. The transfer itself suffers from some minor aliasing and edge enhancement but luckily not so much that it truly starts to bother. Technically the blu-ray transfer is decent – although definitely not exceptional – but the movie itself doesn’t look appealing.
The soundtrack is notably quiet with focus on dialogue and being rather flat in many occasions. When the action does pop up, however, the track gets more dynamic and revves up quickly, providing a nice and lively experience. Especially the car chase near the end is a good example of this with the subwoofer also kicking in for engine and gunshot sounds. Overall, Texas Killing Fields has a decent soundtrack that fits the slow pace and underwhelming amount of action.
Based on true events, Texas Killing Fields tries to be a gloomy thriller that runs on a hot and vibrant atmosphere with deep storytelling and characterisation. Unfortunately, it fails in its attempt.
The storyline never manages to truly kick in, the characters – although there being given plenty of background information – never truly come to life, and while all elements are present to make for a compelling movie, they never truly come together. As such, Texas Killing Fields feels like a bunch of scenes that are put together without much cohesion to make for a thrilling experience to watch.
If you want to check this one out, we would definitely suggest to rent rather than buy.