In the typical Wes Craven film, an unfortunate victim is being pursued by someone intent on spilling blood. Most of his formulaic horror films satisfy a moviegoer’s satisfaction for blood and gore, but the horror-master’s latest film is the complete opposite of the typical blood-fest. In “Red Eye,” just released on DVD, Craven moves away from the horror genre that made him famous with the “Nightmare on Elm Street” series and puts together a film relying more on suspense than scares. And he does a pretty good job of it, too.

Craven directed the film penned by Carl Ellsworth, featuring two of Hollywood’s biggest rising stars, Rachel McAdams and Cillian Murphy.

McAdams plays Lisa Reisert, a hotel manager on the way back from Dallas, where she was attending her grandmother’s funeral and meets up with Jackson Rippner (Murphy) in the Dallas-Fort Worth airport.

At first, Rippner comes across as nothing more than a charming gentleman, helping Reisert deal with an unruly fellow passenger and then buying her a drink at the airport bar. As their conversation goes on, it becomes clear that there is something creepy going on with Rippner, but you’re not sure exactly what.

Eventually, the flight begins boarding and Reisert boards the plane to discover she is assigned a seat right next to — surprise — Jackson Rippner. At first, the two exchange more friendly banter, but once the plane lifts off, we, along with Reisert, discover who he really is.

With Reisert having nowhere to run to, Rippner calmly tells her she will call the hotel and have the room of the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security changed. Her only motivation to comply comes when Rippner tells her if she does not comply with his request, he will have her father killed.

Adding to the suspense of the storyline is a claustrophobic feel. For 45 minutes, the action takes place in the confines of an airplane, where there really is no escape. Along with Reisert, we try to figure out just how she will escape from the predicament, and we come up with absolutely nothing.

The plane soon lands and the psychological mayhem on the plane turns into physical mayhem on the ground, with Reisert racing to warn her father of the impending danger.

While McAdams (of Mean Girls and The Notebook fame) gives a spectacular leading performance in the movie, Murphy steals the show. The Irish actor known for his work in dark films like “Batman Begins” and “28 Days Later” does a perfect job playing the calm and collected criminal. His dry delivery in even the most potentially volatile situations on the plane makes his fellow passengers fall for his act, and even the audience is inclined to believe he isn’t that bad of a guy.

The only problem I had with the film, is that it really didn’t seem to be about the two people on the plane. The reason Reisert has to do all of these things is so terrorists who have smuggled a rocket launcher aboard a small yacht can kill the Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security. The way it was written, the conflict between the two on the plane paled in comparison to the significance of that story.

Overall, “Red Eye” proved to be a fun film, and while there were none of the typical twists in the end, the suspense leaves the audience on the edge of their seats, unsure of what will happen next.