Happy Hunting (2016, dir. Joe Deitsch & Louie Gibson)

An alcoholic drifter stumbles into a town where the annual manhunt is about to begin. Bleak borderlands horror/thriller of trouble down Mexico way. Lots to recommend it if you like your meat gamey.

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The Bad Batch (2017, dir. Ana Lily Amirpour)

After losing an arm and a leg to cannibals, a young woman patrols a prison-like wasteland. Good-looking and not without striking moments, this is nevertheless a nigh-plotless mooch around potentially-interesting territory. 80 mins of movie packed into two hours.

Desierto (2015, dir. Jonas Cuaron)

A group of Mexican illegal migrants crossing into the US are hunted by a self-appointed border official. Stark body-count thriller which makes full existentialist use of its arid landscapes, slim plot, and light characterisation.

Locked In (AKA Monolith) (2016, dir. Ivan Silvestrini)

A mother and son are stranded in the desert in a hi-tech car. Well-shot but narratively thin, this simplistic thriller struggles to make the most of its Knight Rider meets Cujo premise, settling for the odd striking image over plausibility.

Carnage Park (2016, dir. Mickey Keating)

A bank-robbing couple on the run stray onto a psycho’s personal amusement park of murder. Grim though effective retro-horror drawing inspiration from the likes of Hills Have Eyes and Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Much blood in the desert dust ensues.