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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!!!

SHE CAME FROM THE WOODS – Short Film Review (2017)

SHE CAME FROM THE WOODS – Short Film Review (2017)

She came from the woods… where she worked, died, and was immortalized Bloody Mary style.  Written, directed, and produced by The Bloomquist brothers, “She Came From The Woods” was undoubtedly created with much influence from the classics! Starting with your seemingly innocent party seeking camp counselors, complete with cheesy uniforms, the goofy ghost story telling… Continue Reading

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Review – Knuckle Balled (2017)

Review – Knuckle Balled (2017)

Knuckle Balled by Drew Stepek Left still reeling from the events in the final chapters of “Knuckle Supper”, our favorite pseudo-vampire-with-a-conscience must now deal with the consequences of his choices in the final few pages. Fleeing the scene of his brutal justice, RJ must now navigate his way through a new city, full of new… Continue Reading

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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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Book Review – XOM-B

Book Review – XOM-B

  “XOM-B” By Jeremy Robinson Jeremy Robinson’s “XOM-B” is a bit of a tough read, but well worth the effort. Set towards the end of this century, “XOM-B” seems at first to be two separate stories mashed into one.  While the action is first-rate and well written, there is seemingly little prelude to begin with,… Continue Reading

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Book Review: THE DEAD by Charlie Higson

Book Review: THE DEAD by Charlie Higson

  “THE DEAD” By Charlie Higson “THE DEAD”, the second installment in Charlie Higson’s “ENEMY SAGA” is set one year before the events of “THE ENEMY”. Just weeks after the onset of “the Disaster”, some adults have yet to succumb to the new disease.  Fighting to keep the children alive, while slowly turning into the… Continue Reading

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Book Review – The Enemy

Book Review – The Enemy

“THE ENEMY” By Charlie Higson Book One of “THE ENEMY” Series From the first page, “THE ENEMY” shoots out of the gate at a dead sprint and does not stop. Higson’s prose, fast pace, creativity and originality will keep you on the edge of your seat, yearning for the next page. We are thrust into… Continue Reading

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REVIEW – Russell J. Dorn’s Skeleton in the Closet (2016)

REVIEW – Russell J. Dorn’s Skeleton in the Closet (2016)

Russell J. Dorn, author of one of the stories featured in the upcoming issue of Grotesque Quarterly, previously wrote and adapted into audio book format, a middle-grade horror collection. Middle-grade, for those unaware of the term, refers to the age group between children and young adults. As such, 9-13 is a good guess as who… 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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