“Is this the BADLANDS of exploitation?”
-- Matt Lynch, LETTERBOXD
Filmmaker Frederick R. Friedel made two enigmatic low-budget thrillers during the 1970s -- AXE and KIDNAPPED CO-ED -- and only now are grindhouse historians beginning to compare them to the work of David Lynch and Terrence Malick. A perfect Clint Eastwood/Harry Dean Stanton hybrid hijacks an heiress for her daddy's money, but a disturbing detour leads the unlikely couple deep into the heart of darkest America, where unspeakable thrills await. This Stockholm Syndrome fairy tale is incandescent with unthinkable images, uproariously (and intentionally) funny dialogue, heartbreaking romance and irresolvable mystery; that KIDNAP COED doesn't enjoy TWIN PEAKS-level fame is a crime worse than kidnapping.