Writing for Horror Society is a dream come true for a movie fan. I have loved movies for as long as I can remember, and the horror genre captured my interest when I was in the fourth grade. Horror Society has given me the opportunity to meet many amazing filmmakers, some of whom I am lucky enough to call friends
In 2015, I had the chance to review director David Ryan Keith's films Attack of the Herbals and The Redwood Massacre. Attack of the Herbals was a funny horror treat, but I was really impressed by Keith's slasher The Redwood Massacre.
Apparently, I wasn't the only one, and before long he announced a sequel. Fast forward a few years and Keith has enlisted horror icon Danielle Harris to star in the film, and has asked me to review it. Thank you, David, for giving Horror Society and myself the opportunity to check this one out.
Spoiler Alert The film follows a man obsessed with the murders and disappearances that took place around the redwoods area. While searching the area, he finds the killer's burlap sack mask and uses it to convince the family of the missing campers to help him search for the killer. However, they have no idea that this man is just as deranged as the killer and has already murdered several people. They go deep into the woods looking for answers, but instead they come across a hidden bunker with more questions than answers.
I really enjoyed the first Redwood Massacre film. Keith did a fantastic job creating a modern slasher that could become a new horror franchise, so it was only a matter of time before fans were given a follow-up. I was not expecting him to go the route he did, and this pleasant surprise really kept me on my toes.
The acting in this film is the best I have seen this year, but it was not without its flaws. The film gave us some amazing performances and unforgettable characters.
Damien Puckler, Gary Kasper, and Jon Campling are absolutely amazing in their roles. Kasper steals every scene he is in, and his character needs to be in any subsequent sequels. With all that being said, Harris delivers a solid performance, but in some of her scenes her dialogue does feel a little forced. I am a huge fan of Harris's. I grew up with her appearances in the Halloween series, but my first introduction to her was on Eerie, Indiana. I do enjoy her work, but some of her scenes are a bit underwhelming.
The story for this one abandons the slasher approach but still delivers the horror. The hidden bunker, secret killer, and government cover-up sound goofy, but Keith does a fantastic job mixing it all together well. It doesn't come across as something you would find on SyFy, or as bad as Death House. It was well-written, and the scenes never become stale like most horror movies of this length.
Finally, this film is full of blood and gore. The kills are brutal, and the practical effects are top-notch. The kills may not be that original, but they work for the film and will stick with you for days to come. Overall, Redwood Massacre: Annihilation is a must-watch for horror fans. Keith is a director that always delivers, and RMA is no exception. The film holds nothing back and delivers the goods that horror fans are looking for. Check this one out if you get the chance.