River Phoenix’s final film to be released

River Phoenix, was a very talented and popular actor before his untimely death  at the age of 23 in 1993 (as a result of a drug overdose outside LA’s Viper Room) . He was considered one of the actors of his generation. Today, many may not know who he is and would refer to River as Joaquin Phoenix’s brother, but back in the 90s it was the other way around.

At the time of his death Phoenix was working on Dark Blood. Only 11 days of filming had been completed so the project was scrapped. However, 18 years on, Director George Sluizer has announced that he hopes to release Dark Blood next year.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, “after Phoenix’s death, Sluizer took the original Dark Blood footage and kept it hidden fearing it would be destroyed. The director has now re-edited the material and believes with a few adjustments – using voice over for instance – he can now deliver a final cut of the film for release next year.”

Sluizer plans to ask Phoenix’s brother Joaquin Phoenix to do the film’s voiceover as River’s character Boy as he feels “the voices of both brothers are very much alike.”

Dark Blood “deals with nuclear testing and its long-lasting deadly effects, the story portrays Boy, a young widower living in the desert on a nuclear testing site. Living as a hermit,he waits for the end of the world carving Katchina dolls that he believes have magical powers. While traveling on a “second” honeymoon across the Arizona desert,the car of a Hollywood jet-set couple breaks down. They are rescued by Boy, who holds them prisoners because he desires the woman and wants to create a better world with her.” (GeorgeSluizer.com

River Phoenix was nominated for an Oscar in 1989 for his supporting role in Running On Empty. Many of his films have stood the test of time. He stared in iconic films like Stand By Me, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, and, My Private Idaho.

As eery as this sounds, I really hope Sluizer is able to complete this and we get to see one more piece of work from the late great River Phoenix!

Here’s a clip of River Phoenix in his breakout role as Chris Chambers in (one of my favourite movies) Stand By Me:

That’s Entertainment!
Sarina 🙂


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Hi, I’m Sarina Bellissimo and this is the place I come to indulge in my love of all things entertainment. I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t fascinated by all things Hollywood/showbiz. I blame my parents! As a child my mum used to force me to watch old Elvis Presley films with her, and both my mum & dad would take my brothers and I to the Drive-In to watch the latest films (this is where my love for ROCKY began!). When not watching movies, I was trying to figure out ways to pull the back off the TV so I could somehow get into it and be a part of all the action on the screen! This blog isn’t a place that revels in gossip and negativity. It’s a place where entertainment is celebrated. That said, this is a place you can turn to for honesty. Honesty and criticism don’t always mean attacks. I choose to criticise the piece of work but not the person and I acknowledge that just because I don’t like something, it doesn’t mean someone else won’t. Here you’ll find interviews with some of the biggest names in the world of Entertainment, reviews, breaking news and my very own musings. Away from The Bellissimo Files, you can find me on Spin 1038 on Saturdays, between 1pm and 3pm,presenting Plan B. There’s celebrity interviews, entertainment news, the low down on the must see movies and music releases of the week, the ultimate guide to what’s on where in the city, as well as masterclasses with experts on standby to answer listeners’ questions. I also appear on TV3’s “Elaine” panel, talk movies on “Ireland AM” and you can sometimes hear me filling in on Moncrieff’s “Movies and Booze “(Newstalk) The Bellissimo Files is constantly evolving. Files (topics) will be added or deleted as time goes on. Feel free to read, watch, comment, share, and make suggestions for what you would like to see on the site. Sarina
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