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Film / Bad Samaritan

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"You know why you're not in their little jail right now? Because you're in mine."
Cale Erendreich

Bad Samaritan is a 2018 Psychological Thriller film, directed by Dean Devlin and written by Brandon Boyce.

Sean Falco (Robert Sheehan), a struggling artist, runs a criminal business with his friend Derek Sandoval (Carlito Olivero). They use their jobs as car valets as a front to case the homes of their wealthy clients with a view to burgling them. The scam is working out well for them, until one day they target the home of Cale Erendreich (David Tennant) and stumble across a young woman being held captive inside the house.

When a police search of the house yields nothing, Sean tries moving on with his life, but quickly finds that Erendreich isn't someone who lets those who know too much get away so easily...

Set to come out on the 30th of March, 2018. Watch the trailer here.

Not to be confused with the Netflix series Bad Samaritans, or the trope.



  • Animal Motif: Horses. Cale is obsessed with horses. A complex from his billionaire father caring more about his prized horses than him, and the horse trainer he had a kiddie crush on turning him down.
  • The Cavalry Arrives Late:The FBI arrive after Sean and Katie have handled Cale. Sean even cracks wise about it.
  • Chekhov's Gun: Subverted twice. The bolt cutters and lesson on proper ax handling don't come around to benefit Sean in any way.
  • Cool Car: Cale's Maserati.
  • Complaining About Rescues They Don't Like: Katie is understandably peeved that Sean abandoned her, took days to find her and winds up needing her to save him.
    Katie: That is how you fucking rescue someone!
  • Damsel in Distress: Katie.
  • I Have Many Names: Cale Erendreich is one of many aliases Cale makes use of. When Katie yells his name, he responds with "Who the fuck is Cale?"
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  • Laser-Guided Karma: Cale is left for the FBI in the same chair he tied Katie in. Becoming a crazed, snarling animal.
  • Made of Iron: Katie survives a grazing headshot, fall into a pit at least 10 feet deep and lye burns, and still has enough energy to bean Cale with a shovel.
  • The Sociopath: Cale under his suave appareance is a petty and murderous psychopath obsessed with "correcting" people. While this may at first portraying him as well intentioned we discover that he does it more like for his own depraved amusement.
  • Spanner in the Works: Cale has been getting away with his craziness for years. Until Sean stumbles onto his game.
  • Stalker Without a Crush: Cale Erendreich stalks Sean because he knows too much.


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