American Backwoods: Slew Hampshire (2013) (DVD Review)

American Backwoods: Slew Hampshire (2013) (DVD Review)

American Backwoods: Slew Hampshire (2013) (DVD Review)

📅17 July 2015, 16:27

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American Backwoods: Slew Hampshire (2013) (DVD Review)
Directed By: Flood Reed
Starring: Dayo Okeniyi, Shawn Thomas, Tyler Rice
Rated: UR/Region: 1/Widescreen/Number of disc: 1
Available from Midnight Releasing

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In June of 1994, one of the most brutal mass slaughters in history occurred in the backwoods of northern New England. Four months later, history is about to repeat itself. The end of summer signals the brink of manhood for a group of lifelong friends who proudly call New Hampshire their home. But when they embark upon a local rite of passage traveling north for one final weekend of debauchery together it just might prove to be their final weekend period, as this rite is doomed to go frightfully wrong. When they find themselves ensnared in a struggle for survival amongst a sinister hunting party, a bloodthirsty tribe and a mythical beast, what began as a comedy of errors devolves into an all-out Darwinian duel to the death, and less than 24 hours will pass before a slew of lives have been claimed and the last of the living remains.

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Director Flood Reed certainly had a vision with American Backwoods: Slew Hampshire. He wrote it, directed it, and edited the film, and it becomes clear he wanted to make it as strange as he could. Now, the style he presents might not be one everyone will take in with glee, as it does get pretty strange, even before the movie is actually supposed to get strange. We have a cast of characters out in the woods that end up in a bad place, most of which you probably won’t care to see bite the bullet. It can make things seem to be taking longer to get to where you want them to get than they actually are due to the fact. The movie tries to toss in some clever little twists and turns for the story, but the awkward way the movie is presented, especially in the editing department, makes it hard to really get caught up in all that is going on.

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Now there is a bit of blood and gore here, by far the best part of the movie. When the movie is actually being violent, it almost makes you forget about the other moments that aren’t up to par with your enjoyment. The woods make for a nice setting in a horror movie and I think had this one been a more balanced straight up slasher movie in the woods it would have made for a big difference with the end results we get here. Sadly, that isn’t the case and what we do get probably tip toes over the entertaining line a bit too far to the negative side. It could have been better, it certainly had the gore, but that ultimately is about all it does have that goes well and works right for it.

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Extras

– Gag Reel
– Audio Commentary

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