Directed by Kenneth S. Comito
Written by Kenneth S. Comito
Stars: Ashley Marie Nelson, Dustin Webb, Kristen Snider, Patrick Ferrara
Release – DVD, January 2012, available through Brain Juice Productions.com
A low budget monster flick which delivers some great gore and an effective atmosphere of being hunted by the unknown.
Set in the Appalachian mountains, the movie features 'Leah' a young woman on
the run from the mysterious beast which has slain her boyfriend. After putting
a panicked call through to her police officer brother 'Steve', Leah seeks
refuge at a nearby house, resided by a family of three. Soon Leah's brother
shows up with his girlfriend 'Lauren' and cop partner 'Max' and those still
alive must try to make it through the night. Unluckily for them there is also a
group of happy clappy girl scouts out in the woods, many of whom will be judged
before the night is done. I must start by saying that the movie does a
good job of keeping viewers entertained. The horror kicks off immediately and
there are enough characters and attack scenes to satisfactorily fill the 85
minutes running time.
Some of the characters grate a bit. The bitchy character of Lauren (Kristen
Snider) is the main culprit - her constant whining and acerbic comments made me
want to kill her. Luckily viewers will get their wish as Lauren suffers the
best death scene in the film; an insanely gruesome tree branch impalement. The
after shot of this particular attack scene just looks incredible so hats off to
the team in charge of the special effects. I really enjoyed Ashley Marie Nelson
and Dustin Webb’s performances as sibling leads Leah and Steve. I found their
strained relationship to be realistically conveyed and Ashley in particular did
a great job of acting scared yet determined to live.
Some viewers may be surprised by the movies rather sad and downbeat ending.
I wont give this away but will mention that it includes a brief but effective
'found footage' scene where we get an idea of the final fates of some of the
remaining characters. There is also one last scene involving one of the Pine
Cone girls which I don’t really feel added anything to the movie as a whole.
That besides I enjoyed the way the movie wrapped up and there is definite
potential for a follow up.
I would recommend checking out In The Devil's Courthouse. It is an
entertaining little indie horror with a decent script and some great gore. You
can see that the budget was low but the film looks well shot with very good
audio. Head on over to Brain
Juice Productions.com to snag yourself a copy of the DVD!