The Lost (2006)

Marc Senter, Shay Astar, Alex Frost, Megan Henning,
19-year-old Ray Pye murders two young women. Four years later, detective Charlie Schilling knows that Ray did it. He just needs to prove it. Meanwhile, Ray has met his match in a new girl in town, Katherine Wallace.
  • 5.9 /10.0 IMDB Rating:
  • DatePublished:
  • 2018-09-07 Added:
  • Jack Ketchum, Writer:
  • Chris Sivertson, Director:
  • Lucky McKee, Mike McKee, Shelli Merrill, Producer:


10/10 / 10

Possible Spoilers!!-I attended a preview screening of "The Lost".Having read the book, as well as an account of the true story on whichJack Ketchum's tale is based, I had an idea of what to expect, however,I was unprepared for the integrity shown by the filmmakers in theirunflinching look at narcissistic violence. The main character, Ray Pye(chillingly portrayed by Marc Senter) represents the childish nature ofcurrent American Pop Culture in which we have become so accustomed toinstant gratification that, when we don't actually get what we wantwhen we want it, the infant inside us can explode. And that indeed isthe story of Ray Pye. "The Lost", for me, is a return to 1970's stylefilm-making, ala "Taxi Driver" & "Straw Dogs". To call it simply ahorror film is to sell it short. The writer/director Chris Sivertsonhas created a character driven story in which Pye's need for control isdriven up a notch with the introduction of each new (independent)female character, women with their own problems, and so not as naive asthe two "robots" Pye has controlled since high school. This loss ofcontrol, combined with the scrutiny of a dogged police detective, iswhat ultimately causes Pye's "makeup" to crack, if you will. Whatresults is violent indeed, but shown with a realism much needed in thisday and age of CGI "shock and awe" gore. And unlike some of theunnecessary cruelty depicted in movies like "Saw", scenes of tortureshown seemingly for no other reason than to "top" the competition, theculmination of Pye's frustration has a very specific conclusion, andwithout trying to psychoanalyze too deeply, it is indeed symbolic thatPye's rage is infantile in nature. The ending of the film will causemany to gasp, but is in no way gratuitous. At any rate, it is not myintention to "review" the film, per se, although it is made with muchtechnical skill and good knowledge of effective camera angles, dynamicsound effects and some very inventive "kinetic" editing sequences,giving the viewer an "adrenaline" rush, coming from fear, as if we arein the room with Pye and his victims. If you have read any of Ketchum'swork (or are familiar with the true story of Charles Schmid) you willknow going in that this film is no fairy tale. And yet, it is hoped bythis film fanatic that "The Lost", BECAUSE of it's realism, and BECAUSEit depicts violence as it really is, neither glossed over norunnecessarily gory, will find distribution to as many screens aspossible, because believe it or not folks, there is an audience outthere who remember the great independent filmmakers of the 1970s andhave been wondering for a while when the next batch of Scorceses andSchraders were gonna come along. Coming from a totally originalperspective, two of them are here now: Chris Sivertson and Lucky McKee.They have made an excellent character study here. With "The Lost", theyhave cast a steady gaze on the nature of violence, holding Ray Pye upin the mirror to show us the real reflection of what takes place when aculture of indulgence goes unchecked for too long. In this day and ageof ho-hum mass murder and twenty-four hour turnaround "change thesubject" news media, to make a film like "The Lost" takes courage andintegrity. Sivertson and McKee have these qualities, as well as talentin spades. Let's give them the recognition they deserve!

8/10 / 10

Caught a special screening of The Lost this past weekend at HorrorfindWeekend in Hunt Valley, Maryland where author Jack Ketchum was inattendance. Ketchum introduced the film by saying how impressed he waswith the end result. An opinion I share whole heartedly. First of all,the cast is a top notch mix of veteran character actors and relativenovices, all of whom are very good at what they do. This is somethingone doesn't often see in such a low budget project. Many familiar facesgrace the screen and talented ones at that. It is the presence of sucha cast that sets the film apart from the crowd right at the start. TheLost also has a great look to it. Aesthetically speaking, the filmdoesn't appear to be as low budget as it actually is. That's an elementwhich can really hold a film back and one which I was afraid might bean issue here. Fortunately the film looks wonderful. As I mentioned,The Lost is a very faithful adaptation of Ketchum's book. This isn't tosay that a few liberties aren't taken. Nothing that should offend fansof the book though.

In all, The Lost is a very satisfying film which Ketchum fans shouldenjoy. Hopefully the film will be shown the appreciation it trulydeserves.

7/10 / 10

First off, some people just can't get into low-budget films. And Iagree many are unwatchable. However I've also found some decent filmsamong the crap. Bottom line, if you have a problem sitting throughindie films. Then this movie probably won't change your mind. Howeverif you're a fan of Jack Ketchum (who wrote the novel it was based on)then you'll probably enjoy it. It manages to stay pretty close to thebook, other then the book being set in the late 60's. At first Ithought this was going to be a problem, but as the movie goes on itkind of takes on a timeless feel. And being a low-budget movie, settingit in another era would have been too costly. The acting was prettygood for an indie, the actor who plays Ray Pye pretty much nailed thelook and essence of the character.

I caught this movie at the Rue Morgue convention where there was a Q&Awith Jack Ketchum afterwards. Which was pretty interesting, heexplained how low-budget films allow the director to follow hissometimes grisly story lines more accurately. That's OK with me, Idon't mind low-budget movies, especially when they're based on suchpowerful writing.

9/10 / 10

THE LOST is one of the most disturbing real life movies I have everseen, period. I thought Ketchum's "Girl Next Door" was about asdisturbing as you can get, based on a true life crime, but this one ismuch worse and very graphic. Actually, Ketchum took two real crimes,the first about two women that get shot in a woods because some psychothinks they are lesbian, and the other crime which occupies the rest ofthis movie. Ray Pye is a twenty-something psycho, that with his goodlooks and car and crap attracts a few followers and girls in this smalltown. He puts smashed beer cans in his boots to make him seem taller.The movie moves ahead four years, after the girls in the woods arekilled, and Ray is having a ball, balling who ever he wants, andpartying and drugs and the whole nine yards. But his egomaniac world isstarting to come crashing down along with his sanity, when his girlsstart to turn against him, especially the beautiful Katherine (RobinSydney). He pretty much goes berserk, and the last twenty minutes or soof this movie are very hard to watch, even for this old gorehound. Itturns into almost a cross between Last House on the Left and the Mansonmurders. Ray even references the Manson murders when he takes hishostages into an unsuspecting couples cabin, with a young couple, thewife being pregnant. Even Jack Ketchum says in the commentary howdifficult the last twenty minutes were for even him to watch. This isincredibly brutal material folks, and the director holds nothing, and Imean nothing back. Ray looks to me like a young Tom Cruise, or maybe across between a young Elvis and Tom Cruise, that seems to be the lookhe is going for. When he snaps, and I mean snaps, it's like the devilhimself has taken him over. This is a hell of a movie, and it did makeme flinch a little, and that to me is very impressive. Not for theeasily offended for sure, but for everybody else, put "The Lost" onyour Want List immediately!!!!!!!!!!!! I could not recommend thisextremely disturbing movie any higher. Very very well made by the way.

2/10 / 10

Jack Ketchum is a famed horror novelist, but as far as turning hisstories into film is concerned, so far, it hasn't been very successful.The only film based on his writing that I enjoyed, was The Offspring.The most recent one I watched, The Lost, was by far his worst. Thestory is about two detectives following a guy they know is a buddingserial killer, a man who they suspect in a previous crime. With noevidence against him all they can do is watch him. First off this filmis very slow moving, to point where I almost turned it off. Second, themain character, Ray (Marc Senter), is a complete and utter moron. Idon't know if the character was written that way or if the actorplaying him was just that bad, but this guy was not believable at all!The story is rather hard to follow as well, mainly because throughoutit, people just keep making statements about what they've seen or whatthey know, without providing those same details to the audience. Isn'tthe point of a good mystery to make the audience think and figurethings out for themselves instead of just having someone tell themeverything? This movie was slow, poorly acted, and on top of that justplain stupid! Don't waste your time on it.