I hadn't seen this one in a long time, but I reaquainted myself with it the other night. Three annoying girls and their more tolerable friend are on their way to Ft. Lauderdale when they have a blowout that strands them on the side of a rural Georgia road. One of them has to take a leak, so she goes off into the woods. There, she sees a man murder his lover. One thing leads to another, and the killer, who happens to be the local sheriff, looks to eliminate all witnesses. I loved the film before, and I think I love it even more now. While it's not exactly a full-blooded slasher, I'd say it's close enough, and as such, it's certainly one of the more effective entries in the subgenre. Acting is stronger than the norm, and the authentic southern atmosphere lends the film an added boost in flavor. Tony March is solid as the murderous sheriff. He's quite intimidating (maybe it's the uniform?), and his mental slide from confliction to warped mania manages to unnerve. You're left just waiting for him to explode. Now, I admittedly wanted these girls to die from the moment we meet them. Only Carol Cadby as Patty is at all likable. Somehow, as the film went on, I actually managed to warm up to Sue Ellen as well. This is important, as there needs to be some emotional weight for one to be invested in their attempts to get Deputy Tom Law to believe them. And emotional weight there is... I wanted to reach into the screen and knock some sense into Law when he Spoiler left Cadby alone in the jail cell despite her pleading with him not to. The resulting murder scene is the film's strongest moment. Shallow Grave is a winner, slasher or not. Immersed in rural, small town atmosphere and containing a real sense of futility, I'm glad to have this sitting on my VHS shelf. Any other fans of this flick?