Ryan and Kennedy are getting married so they travel up to a secluded house with a group of friends to have a combined Stag party. Just when things start to get fun, the group starts to get dead.
You probably think you’ve seen this plot a hundred times, and you have, no denying that. However, what makes this one different is the happy group of friends aren’t all that happy. From the first scene you get a sense that something’s not right and that this group of “friends” aren’t that friendly. There is tension between all the characters even from Ryan and Kennedy who are going to be married in a week. Director Nicholas Humphries and the writers set this up well, so you never really know what’s going on. They throw a creepy staple “caretaker” in to the mix, so you are delightfully off balance though the entire picture.
The cast is superb Julia Benson who plays the distraught, paranoid, and medicated Kennedy, is amazing. She shows a very wide range of emotions and physical attributes and brings a new kind of heroine to the slasher genre.
There are some cool kills but most are off screen, but there is some blood for the gore hounds, but not enough to spoil the more thriller edge.
I have to admit the funnest aspect of the film is trying to find out who the killer was. I’m normally great at it and pick them out by the second act. However, here I kept second-guessing myself, because of the actions and reactions of the characters. Sure there are some cheats the filmmakers throw in there to get you off the track, but that’s what makes it so fun. Just for the record, my first guess was right but then I flip flopped throughout the film.
Overall this is one of the better genre films so far this year and I would have to give it a high recommendation from going against the grain of the genre’s staples. It will also keep you on your toes on who the killer is.
Maybe I’ll come back later,when the film has been out awhile and mention the cheats. Maybe not. Either way, catch this one before someone spoils it for you.
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