The Legend of the Psychotic Forest Ranger (2011) (DVD Review)

The Legend of the Psychotic Forest Ranger (2011) (DVD Review)

The Legend of the Psychotic Forest Ranger (2011) (DVD Review)

📅09 December 2015, 22:49

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The Legend of the Psychotic Forest Ranger (2011) (DVD Review)
Directed By: Brad Mills
Starring: Michael G MacDonald, Samuel MacDonald LeMoine, Colleen MacIsaac
Rated: UR/Region: 1/Widescreen/Number of disc: 1
Available from Level 33 Entertainment

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Full of plot holes & cheesy dialogue, The Legend of the Psychotic Forest Ranger is a B horror movie straight out of the 80s. After taking a wrong turn down an abandoned road, the Jock, the Joker, the Blond Bimbo & the Paranoid Brunette run out of gas and find themselves stranded in the middle of the woods. What a total drag. What was that noise? Why is everyone vanishing? Is it all one of Bradley’s dumb practical jokes, or could The Legend be true? Your compass can’t help you in these woods.

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On paper, The Legend of the Psychotic Forest Ranger, has all it would need to be a good throw-back slasher. It has a great poster (Thanks to the Dude Designs), it has the look when you watch, and it even has a cool killer in the Psychotic Forest Ranger in question. The thing that doesn’t come through for this one is about everything else. The characters are what they are, nothing special but expected given the type of film. The blood is probably what could have saved it. There are times early on when it takes a bit too long for someone to drop and then when it does it kinda happens in ways that are let-downs, with more implied than we actually see, even when blood is seen for the kill. I have made a movie (also a slasher) and know it can be to try to work with what you had, but from the looks of things this had more money to work with than I had and I’m pretty sure I had more blood. That would have helped a lot and it would have also helped to have been a bit more campy overall in general with things.

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Again, on a positive side the often one-line dropping killer, the Psychotic Forest Ranger, is the star of the show as he should be. He’s a lot of fun when we see him and could be a slasher killer we see a lot more of and want to see a lot more of. He’s fun when he’s around, it’s just some of what happens when he isn’t around that holds this one back. The film does do what it sets out to do and places its self in the same class as 80’s slasher, but it might be more along the lines of Don’t Go in the Woods than Friday the 13th. Still, I am one of those weirdos that can find fun in slashers, even when they aren’t that great and as a result I think The Legend of the Psychotic Forest Ranger is still fun even if it does let us down a bit. It lets us down because it not only had a great cover it couldn’t live up to (I’ve been there), it also let’s us down a bit because it has a great killer that could have been used a bit better with just some minor changes like more blood and gore.

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Extras

– Audio Commentary
– Behind the Scenes Slide Show
– Trailers

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