With the ETU Kickstarter in progress and many Savage Worlds fans trying to get to know Pinebox a little better, this “film fest” talks about some of the movies we think capture the spirit of ETU and Pinebox, Texas. Pun very much intended.

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Jennifer’s Body

Like Dale & Tucker vs Evil, this movie is far under-appreciated. By 2009, star Megan Fox’s appeal from the first Transformers movie had already to wane, especially in light of her public tantrums and prima donna behaviour. Others dismissed it due to the way the studio’s marketing arm and the press stressed Fox’s sex appeal, from the trailer to the title. Don’t be fooled. This isn’t a movie that needed to spice things up in compensation for a weak story. Jennifer’s Body has a solid script that keeps you watching to the end. Fox and co-star Amanda Seyfried both turn in solid performances.

What makes it an ETU/Pinebox pick? Jennifer’s Body is a supernatural thriller that takes place in an academic setting. Even better, Seyfried pulls off an excellent role as a normal student forced by circumstances to find her inner hero. This more than a slasher flick. This is what we at 12 to Midnight call Heroic Horror. Good guys don’t wait to get picked off one by one or get slowly driven insane. They face the darkness and fight back.

What’s it missing? Not much. All it needs is some East Texas flavor with more of the types of odd, rural characters you find here.

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