Thriller TAILGATE received well by Dutch media

TAILGATE (o.t. BUMPERKLEEF), a film by director, writer and multiple Golden Calf winner Lodewijk Crijns received positive reviews from the Dutch media. We have collected some quotes.

Trouw: “Bumperkleef deserves all the praise. The film is a well-aimed fantasy of revenge.”

“As a portrait of a socially successful man in his 40’s, that has his ducks in a row and thinks that with his huge car, he’s permitted to misbehave, Bumperkleef deserves all the praise. This film is a well-aimed fantasy of revenge.”

Hpdetijd: “Renowned filmmaker Crijns makes “Bumperkleef” really stand out from the crowd.”

Parool: “Bumperkleef: horror tour in a fantastic genre movie.”

De Volkskrant: “Interesting how Crijns tries to transform ordinary Dutch landscapes into a horror decor, even in broad daylight.”

VPROCINEMA: “Very thrilling and entertaining.”

NRC: “Extraordinary accomplished Dutch horror.”

AD: “Bumperkleef is a well-accomplished film, one of the smartest films in years by a Dutch director. The combination of hilarity, traffic frustrations and tension works perfectly.”

Telegraaf: “Pulse-pounding highway thriller.”

Action-packed Dutch thriller
Hans, a self-confident and somewhat stubborn man, travels the country with his family to visit his parents. They left the house too late. While driving on the highway Hans starts to tailgate a white van that is driving the exact speed limit. When the cars stop, Ed, the driver of the van, confronts Hans on his moral compass and more particularly on his responsibility as a father. The proud Hans refuses to be lectured by a stranger and Ed refuses to be silenced by him. Out of revenge, Ed starts to follow the family. This results in a rapidly escalating situation. The family is nowhere safe anymore and is becoming more and more paranoid of every white van they come across on the road.


Director and writer Lodewijk Crijns can be known for his previous work including the movies Only decent people, Met Grote Blijdschap and Kankerlijers.

The film is produced by Topkapi Films, in cooperation with AVROTROS and Savage Films(BE). Tailgating is supported by the Netherlands Film Fund, CoBo Fund, the Netherlands Film Production Incentive and Tax Shelter. The film will be distributed by Splendid Film.e