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“Never Hike Alone” is Everything We Wanted in a Friday the 13th (fan) Film!!!

“Never Hike Alone” is Everything We Wanted in a Friday the 13th (fan) Film!!!

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never-hike-alone-jason-voorhees-posterWe’ve been following director Vincente Disanti’s Friday the 13th fan film “Never Hike Alone” for a while now. We even caught up with Vincente earlier this year when the trailer dropped (here). With news that the official franchise had been halted (and still no official word on any new entries), Never Hike Alone started to become the holy grail of Friday projects. Disanti launched a successful crowdfunding campaign and we all waited…till today.

I am going to keep this review fairly synopsis free as I think the final product works above its concept and to try to condense its better qualities into a “and then he falls down and then Jason grabs for him” play-by-play is going to undermine the fun that makes Never Hike Alone the best Friday execution we’ve seen in a long time. And yes, you heard me right, NHA is officially the best thing outside of the official franchise that the franchise might have to offer for a long while.

Never Hike Alone, while building on everything that fans enjoyed about the original series, is still its own master, and plays homage without suffering under the weight of unnecessary tribute. There is no final girl here, no band of horny expendable teenagers, and the big surprise is just how well this shift works in bringing back the menace behind Jason Voorhees. Every footfall, every reprise of the iconic score forces you to cling to your last breath. This is Friday tension tenfold and it’s good to let the dread and suspense take the drivers seat again.

NHA’s titular hiker Drew Leighty is an actor to watch. A likable hero in a series known for peppering its cast with camera fodder is a welcome change of pace and we haven’t seen this formidable an opponent for Jason since the days of Thom Mathew’s Tommy Jarvis.

So…turn those surround sound speakers up, curl up in the yawning darkness of your living room and enjoy every sweet surprise of Never Hike Alone. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!

Review – Cult of Chucky (2017)

Review – Cult of Chucky (2017)

I’ve always felt like the Child’s Play franchise was divided into three worlds: the original films (1-3), the slapsticky spoofs of the resurgence (Bride & Seed) and the last two films (Curse and the then forthcoming Cult). That’s almost thirty years of the the foul mouthed, knife wielding psychopath doll named Chucky. Three decades and… Continue Reading

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Review – IT (2017)

Review – IT (2017)

I will be the first to admit that that I was extremely reluctant to accept the reality of a new “It” film. The original happened at a time when event television was still a “thing”. It, the original miniseries, during that area, during my formative years was a big deal. It was a fairy large… Continue Reading

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WITCH HUNT comes to BluRay/DVD combo August 14th

WITCH HUNT comes to BluRay/DVD combo August 14th

LC Films will release writer/director Richard Chandler’s (Gilgamesh, Lilith Trilogy) WITCH HUNT on August 14th on BluRay/DVD combo pack. The film stars Graham King, Tony Ramos Wright, Lilith Astaroth, and Richard Chandler. Synopsis: A Catholic priest questions his faith after a botched exorcism. Strange occurrences deriving from a satanic cult have lead Father James Costello back to his old… Continue Reading

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Review – It Stains the Sands Red (2017)

Review – It Stains the Sands Red (2017)

Making a zombie film in today’s admittedly over-saturated climate is no easy task. Getting an audience to believe that you’ve reinvented that wheel is an even bigger undertaking. The fact that Stains is able to breathe fresh life into the genre while delivering an emotionally impactful, thoughtful, and, at times heart-wrenching narrative is nothing short… Continue Reading

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Why it’s ok to think “Get Out” is a derivative shit sandwich…

Why it’s ok to think “Get Out” is a derivative shit sandwich…

While the love of certain horror films is often a no brainier to me there are others that leave me stupefied when embraced by the masses. Jordan Peale’s “ Get Out” falls squarely into the latter for me and although I don’t exactly hate it, it does little to support the genre that has so… Continue Reading

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Review – The Void (2016)

Review – The Void (2016)

There is a large and ever-growing trend in horror right now that involves not only paying homage to the horror movies of the 80s but trying to replicate them in almost every sense. The novelty is one that I welcomed. 80s horror is the driving force behind my obsession with and love for the genre.… Continue Reading

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Review – Don’t Kill It (2016)

Review – Don’t Kill It (2016)

Despite the novelty of Dolph Lundgren playing a demon hunter in the American south, the idea of Don’t Kill It initially wasn’t all that appealing to me. Let me then start off by saying, “don’t let the all too familiar photoshopped dvd cover art fool you, Don’t Kill It is not only a worthwhile find… Continue Reading

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Review – Don’t Knock Twice (2017)

Review – Don’t Knock Twice (2017)

A strange house on a piece of wasteland, a years old rumour of witchcraft and missing children. An ex junkie artist and her estranged daughter who’s boyfriend has disappeared in bizarre circumstances. A young mother who seems to know more than she’s letting on and a Police Detective who might not be all he appears…… Continue Reading

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10 Christmas Movies for Horror Fans

10 Christmas Movies for Horror Fans

10. The Corridor (2010) Is there a better time to reconnect with old friends than the holidays? Is there a better time to hole up in a cabin amidst a whole lotta the white stuff (back off junkies we aint talkin about dat sweet, sweet cola you crave) whilst figuring out that there is a band… Continue Reading

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