Wednesday 21 August 2013

DVD review: The Legend of the Psychotic Forest Ranger (2011)


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. The Legend of the Psychotic Forest Ranger is written and directed by Brad Mills. The acting is, as evident by the synopsis, very much tongue in cheek. The camerawork and editing is good. The soundtrack is good. The pacing is good and the flick never gets boring during its running time. It is never laugh out loud funny but I chuckled a couple of times. It´s evident that it is made by fans for fans. There is some gore in it, the limited amount of on screen violence made me think of the slasher movies being routinely cut by the MPAA in the 1980s leaving much of the violence taking place off screen. The gory high light (practical fx) is the aftermath after a character has been chopped in two. There´s no T and A in this.
This is based upon the region all (Region 0) DVD release from Black Fawn Distribution.
Rating: 4½ out of 7. This is a pretty decent comic take on the slasher genre but you´ll probably need to be a fan of genre to truly appreciate it. Check it out if you´re a slasher fan and in the mood for horror comedy.


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