The Traveler (2010 film)

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The Traveler
The Traveler.jpg
Directed by Michael Oblowitz
Produced by Nadine DeBarros
Harvey Kahn
Written by Joseph C. Muscat
Starring Val Kilmer
Dylan Neal
Music by Ross Vannelli
Cinematography Neil Cervin
Edited by Gordon Rempel
Hollywood Media Bridge
Front Street Pictures
Voltage Pictures
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date
  • June 2010 (2010-06) (Aruba IFF)
  • October 2010 (2010-10) (United States)
Running time
96 minutes
Country Canada
United States
Language English

The Traveler is a 2010 horror film directed by Michael Oblowitz, written by Joseph C. Muscat, and starring Val Kilmer and Dylan Neal. Kilmer plays a stranger who walks into a small town's police station, confesses to murder, and is interrogated by detective Alexander Black (Neal).


A stranger walks into a small town's police station during a rainstorm on Christmas Eve. He tells the desk sergeant that he wishes to confess to murder, after which the desk sergeant points a handgun at him and calls for his colleagues to restrain him with handcuffs.

The stranger refuses to reveal his name, preferring to be known as "Mr. Nobody." After the stranger provokes them, the officers are about to assault him as detective Alexander Black walks in. The stranger states that he will confess to six murders, and when he describes each murder, the officers graphically die in the same way he explains though the stranger himself remains incarcerated. While the officers panic, the stranger notices a dedication text on detective Black's golden-metal pen and remarks upon it, drawing the suspicion of Detective Black, who received the pen from his murdered daughter, Mary Black.

The officers think that the stranger could be a suspect whom they arrested a year ago when they were investigating the disappearance of Mary Black. Unable to prove his guilt, they tortured and beat him to get a confession, though he continually maintained his innocence. However, they realize that the victim of their violence should still be in a coma that resulted from their brutal torture, stationed at a medical facility. The officers telephone the facility and discover that the victim had died earlier that evening, at the same time as the stranger entered the police station, which proves that the stranger is not who they thought he is.

Despite this new evidence, the officers believe that the stranger is a vengeful spirit of the previously tortured man. Detective Black talks about superstition and his experiences in Gulf War, while the remaining officers continue to die in ways that mirror the acts they committed against the now-dead suspect a year earlier, until only detective Black remains.

Detective Black apologizes to the stranger for killing an innocent suspect, but the stranger says that he was the one who murdered his daughter. Detective Black then stabs his daughter's golden-metal pen inside his own ears to avoid hearing the stranger's confession. Black's dead daughter then appears. She tells him she knows the name of the stranger and whispers into his deaf ear. Black shoots the stranger with a shotgun and causes him to fall through a window.



The film was shot on location in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[1]


The film was first shown at the Aruba International Film Festival in June 2010 before its release in the United States in October 2010 by Paramount Pictures.[citation needed] It was released on home video on January 25, 2011.[2]


Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 20% of five surveyed critics gave the film a positive review; the average rating was 2.5/10.[3] John Marrone of Bloody Disgusting rated it 2.5/5 stars and called it "a decent horror flick" that has been unfairly criticized.[4] Gordon Sullivan of DVD Verdict called it a predictable and boring film that is comparable to the early, weaker X-Files episodes.[5] Todd Rigney of Beyond Hollywood called it "a fetid slice of supernatural tomfoolery that will insult your intelligence every chance it gets."[1] Allan Dart of Fangoria called it "monotonous, silly and lamentably predictable".[6]


  1. ^ a b Rigney, Todd (2011-02-10). "The Traveler (2010) Movie Review". Retrieved 2014-06-16. 
  2. ^ "Horror In Your House Highlighted By Jodorowsky Classic ‘Santa Sangre’". Bloody Disgusting. 2011-01-25. Retrieved 2014-06-16. 
  3. ^ "The Traveler (2010)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2014-06-16. 
  4. ^ Marrone, John (2011-01-30). "[BD Review] 'The Traveler' a Gem in the Rough". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved 2014-06-16. 
  5. ^ Sullivan, Gordon (2011-01-28). "The Traveler". DVD Verdict. Retrieved 2014-06-16. 
  6. ^ Dart, Alan (2011-01-26). ""THE TRAVELER" (DVD Review)". Fangoria. Archived from the original on 2011-11-12. Retrieved 2014-06-16. 

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