GenreThriller Running time1h 23m CountryUnited States
Release dateApril 12, 2011 (2011-04-12) (AMC Kansas City Festival) WriterMichael Biehn (screenplay), Reed Lackey (story) ProducersJennifer Blanc, Lorna Paul CastMichael Biehn (Kyle), Jennifer Blanc (Annie), Ryan Honey (Harrison), Danielle Harris (Mary) Similar moviesMichael Biehn directed The Victim and appears in The Divide
TaglineWho is the victim?
The Victim is a 2011 American horror film directed, written and starring Michael Biehn, produced by and co-starring Jennifer Blanc. Thought to be a financial success due to Biehn's effort selling out theaters across the nation, neither he or producer Jennifer Blanc know final sales figures, due to open litigation with the film's investors.
The film was produced and shot in less than two weeks in Los Angeles in 2010. Most of the principal photography took place in the Topanga Canyon, close to Malibu, California.
The victim 2011 official trailer hd
Michael Biehn as Kyle
Jennifer Blanc as Annie
Ryan Honey as Harrison
Danielle Harris as Mary
Denny Kirkwood as Coogan
Alan Cerny of Ain't It Cool News characterized The Victim as "a fun sleazy grindhouse film", in which Biehn was lauded for both giving a good performance and getting good performances out of his actors. Though Cerny stated that Biehn's directing effort exhibited imperfections such as a driving montage scene that he felt was too long, he appreciated that Biehn understood the genre in which he was working, commenting, "Biehn has a clear path to what he's shooting for, and for much of the film's running time, he gets it", and "It's a specific genre with a specific style, and working from that, Biehn gets way more right than he does wrong."
The New York Times said, "Directing his own screenplay, Mr. Biehn (working from a story by Reed Lackey) pays more attention to genitals than spatial coherence, unaware that labeling a film grind house doesn’t excuse soap-opera emoting and laughable dialogue. Wait, what am I saying? Of course it does." The film has a 35% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 17 reviews.