If you didn't like the movie, read the book." Ironically, many may not have stayed to this point.
While the film is not a masterpiece, I will argue that it does have considerable artistic merit, even if I feel slightly uncomfortable at disenchanted, gun-toting American teenagers watching it.
There is nasty violence, quick violence, prolonged violence, mental torture with cruel and violent treatment, 'justified' violence and sick violence.
Then there is even offhand violence - "I didn't like you anyway," says Ray as he aims and fires, killing someone with all the casual pride of a sharpshooter at a fairground.
Sensuous, opulent, and recognising few limits, The Lost strains at the sequins to be a cult nasty and succeeds.
Even the sex scenes throw in a level of wit not found in the average shocker.
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Marc Senter's performance (as Ray) is like a turbine that drives the film ever faster forward.
The potent soundtrack reflects a cocaine-frenzied adrenalin rush, and even the 'normal' characters offer only some queasy sense of relief.
We meet him with his two friends, Tim and Jennifer, in the campgrounds of a wood.
He put crushed beer cans in his boots to make himself look taller.