5 October 2018 | kannibalcorpsegrinder
Solid and enjoyable slasher
Heading out into the forest, a group of friends looking for a secluded spot to camp out for a special celebration end up encountering a psychotic killer protecting a secret weed-patch rumored to grow in the area and forces them to come up with their own tactics to get away alive.
This one wasn't all that bad of a slasher. One of the better aspects to this one is the rather strong and engaging starting point to be had here where this one provides a rather intriguing slasher setup. The idea of a forest-bound hiking trip to celebrate a birthday and then stumbling upon the killer running wild in the area protecting his secret stash thinking they're going to intrude on his collection gives off a rather enjoyable setup to get this one going for the main series of slashing featured here. The actual payoff of those setups is the rather fun and brutal slasher scenes that are featured throughout here. The opening ambush on the hikers in the middle of the drug-stash offers up a fine starting point to the later scenes where the killer's penchant for surprise attacks leads into a series of fun creepy sequences. Launching out of the darkness of the forest to slice open the one victim's stomach, the sneak attack on the farmer out hunting in the middle of the woods and the first surprise appearance at their camp are some rather fun sequences, and with the final half getting the killer onboard more often here with some far more intensive chasing scenes and actual stalking there's plenty to like here. Getting far more brutal than expected with its kills and having a lot of fun with its main cast who are a lot of fun to be around even without the killing featured for a lot of the film, these here hold it up over it's one true problematic area. The one main issue to be had here is the film's rather struggling pacing that comes about here. With so much of the running time devoted to their romantic trips and pondering about the future of their relationships with each other, regardless of how much fun that is all holding up the slashing antics to those bare-minimum ambushes since that's all the time the film has for those sequences. The film's few sequences are spread so far apart that it really doesn't provide those kinds of relentless sequences with the few scattered moments here keeping him in that mindset just when he's about forgotten for those minor sections of the running time. However, it's really the main thing holding it back although it is somewhat detrimental.
Rated Unrated/R: Graphic Violence, Graphic Language and copious drug use.