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Riddled with guilt over the loss of his rock star older brother, 16-year-old David Forrester (Raviv Ullman, Phil of the Future) becomes obsessed with death, leading his misguided parents to send him to Driftwood, an "Attitude Adjustment Camp for Troubled Youths" run by the sadistic Captain Doug Kennedy (wrestling legend Diamond Dallas Page) and his brutal young henchman, Yates (Talan Torriero, Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County). Once there, David becomes haunted by the spirit of Jonathan (Connor Ross), a former inmate who met a mysterious end-- a mystery whose resolution could very well be David's only way out... A startling and unpredictable chiller from Tim Sullivan (2001 Maniacs), also starring David Eigenberg (Sex and the City), Lin Shaye (Snakes on a Plane) and Marc McClure (Superman: The Movie).

Rated "R" for violence, language and sexual references.

Special Features

  • DVD Special Features:
  • Commentary with Director Tim Sullivan and Producer Chris Kobin
  • Commentary with Director Tim Sullivan and Actor Diamond Dallas Page
  • Alternate Ending (with optional commentary)
  • Through The Gauntlet: Inside The Walls Of Driftwood
  • Doing Time On The Set Of Driftwood
  • Deleted/Extended Scenes (w/optional commentary)
  • Blooper: "The Barbequing Type"
  • Audition Reel
  • Driftwood Trailer
  • Photo Gallery

Product Details

  • Actors: Raviv Ullman, Diamond Dallas Page, Talan Torriero
  • Directors: Tim Sullivan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Enhanced, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 13, 2007
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UYN9MM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,901 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Michael Cucinotta on August 18, 2007
Format: DVD
Like one of the kids that finds himself held captive at "Driftwood", it's easy to misjudge Tim Sullivan's new film when you glance at the surface. It's got the kid from the Disney Channel, the wrestler, and that guy from the MTV reality show. It's probably pretty easy for a horror fan to immediately think "teen horror" and dismiss "Driftwood", but "Driftwood" is not "The Covenant in Boot Camp", it's not "Stay Alive In Reform School". If you're willing to toss this film based on the cast you've heard about, then really, "Driftwood" is exactly the kind of movie you need to see. The film opens up with David Forrester (Ricky Ullman) arriving, obviously by force, at the Driftwood boot camp. He soon learns his parents, still reeling from the death of his older brother and after misreading some of David's journal entries, have placed him in the custody of the camp until his 18th birthday. David, and the other boys he will soon meet, are overseen by the vicious Captain Kennedy (Dallas Page).Kennedy runs the camp with both an iron fist and a cruel, forced hierarchy amongst the other boys in the camp that often pits them against one another. It seems the easiest way for Kennedy to get away with his brand of violent discipline is to have the boys beating each other. By his first night in Driftwood, David is having strange visions of a ghostly figure. As the ghostly presence appears again and again, a dark and violent secret begins to reveal itself.Sullivan and his co-writer Chris Kobin really know how to write teen characters that aren't patronizing, dumb, or clichéd. They feel real, and that's something so rare in horror films. With strong writing like this, you need a cast that's going be able to take the character and really make them come alive.Read more ›
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. K. Matecheck on August 17, 2007
Format: DVD
Filmmaker Tim Sullivan Shows Us He's More Than Just A Maniac

Imagine you are sixteen years old and you've just lost your idol, best mate and older brother to drugs. Suddenly life seems to only be about death. You've got a hole in you the size of Texas and all you can think about is dying just so you can maybe be with your brother again. To cope with this, you start keeping a blog and pour out your deepest, darkest feelings in the hope of somehow purging yourself of those demons. Then your parents find this blog, read it and assume that you are on the fast track to a massive downfall. And then, to top off all this agony, your parents decide to put you in an 'attitude-adjustment camp' called Driftwood to get you back on the right track. You are there until you turn eighteen years old. You have no rights, no freedom and no hope for escape.

That is the absolute nightmare faced by David Forrester (played by Ricky Ullman, star of the Disney Channel's Phil Of The Future), the protagonist of Driftwood. Upon arriving at the camp, he first meets the man who runs Driftwood (and surely will run David's life), Captain Doug Kennedy (fiercely played by wrestler-turned-actor Diamond Dallas Page). The two characters are almost immediately at loggerheads as David is no shrinking violet. Quite the opposite, David has no problem telling The Captain (or anyone else within earshot) exactly what he thinks of his situation and the camp. David is so strong and obstinate, in fact, that you wince with the anticipation of what awful things await him, for surely he will not be able to hold his tongue.

Very soon after arriving at Driftwood, David starts having incredibly unsettling visions of another young man who is seemingly trying to tell him something.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Carl Manes on June 5, 2010
Format: DVD
David is a suicidal teen that is sent away to an oppressive reform school with a dark past, where he is haunted by the spirit of one of the institution's prior residents. Tim Sullivan's sophomore directing effort following the success of 2001 MANIACS offers strong writing, believable characters, and a clean cinematic style. Its suffocating atmosphere and depressing mood are established in the dark, shadowy hallways and sepia tones that house David's unseen ally. The main strength of the picture lies in the performances of its young actors, particularly in Ricky Ullman's portrayal of the wise-cracking lead. Unfortunately, the acting of the authority figures (including Diamond Dallas Page's antagonizing Cap'n) comes off as being unnatural and exaggerated, countering the effectiveness of both the writing and the gifted teen cast. DRIFTWOOD is easily compared to Del Toro's THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE, since the two films share a similar plot and character arcs. Where THE DEVIL'S BACKBONE was entrenched in spiritual, political, and philosophical subtext, DRIFTWOOD is a much more straightforward ghost tale. It does, however, take a heart-felt stab at exposing the gap that exists between many troubled teens and their disconnected parents, who would rather send them away from home than invest the time and energy needed to heal a broken family. For a film of its size, DRIFTWOOD is a solid entry in the haunting realm of vengeful spirits that is worth checking out for any Guillermo del Toro fans.

-Carl Manes
I Like Horror Movies
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