Friday, 20 April 2012

DVD review: Kids Go to the Woods... Kids Get Dead (Video 2009)

It's Casey's (Leah Rudick) birthday and to celebrate her and her friends are headed to a cabin in the woods for a wild weekend of sex, drugs and partying. A crazed Killer has other plans for them. It's up to Casey's younger brother Scott (Andrew Waffenschmidt), aided by a mysterious novel that seems to spell out their fate, to find their only hope of survival. Kids Go to the Woods... Kids Get Dead is produced, written and directed by Michael Hall. This is a low budget tribute the 80's slasher films, there is faux commercials, taped over home movies and VHS fuzz in between vignettes of the movie and a horror hostess by the name Candy Adams. We get horny teenagers, worthless cops, a crazy war vet and a masked killer  (yes, it´s cliche riddled to the bone). One of the problems the film have is that it´s comedy/horror as they try to spoof and poke fun at the genre and at the same time deliever thrills and gore. As was common in the 80's slasher films there is obviously overage actors supposed to play the teens (one example of poking fun at the genre). The cast is likeable, the acting is decent but amateurish. The best acting comes from Leah Rudick, Andrew Waffenschmidt and Eric Carpenter, as Derrick, the obnoxious jock who spends the movie consistently trying to get into Casey’s pants. The camera work and editing is good. The image looks crisp and the sound quality is excellent. There is some for gorehounds, head slammed into mirror, slashed throats etc but nothing extreme. The gore make-up fx is decent, especially considering the micro budget of the film. The girls are cute, sexy and funny and three of them get naked so fans of T & A should be delighted.
This review is based upon the region all release from Darkstar Entertainment, it´s unrated.
Rating: 3½ out of 7. Kids Go to the Woods... Kids Get Dead is a a fun throwback to 80’s slashers, it has it flaws and it ain´t scary but it manages to be a succesful parody and I did enjoy it. 


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