A typical camping nightmare, filled with murders, screams and of course a crazed lunatic lurking in the woods. In an old mill town called Dark Shade Creek, a blood thirsty legend will stop at nothing until he takes the lives of those foolish enough to enter his wilderness. When a murder plot involving LSD goes horribly wrong at the local saw mill, the legend is born. The local people of the town say there are uncountable missing persons and bodies that have been found in the area all through the seasons. Years later, this mind altered maniac continues his rampage once again on some out of town kids on a weekend getaway. There's no place to run... There's no place to hide... Dark Shade Creek is written by Joshua Mankey and David Mankey who also is the director. The acting ranges from so and so to pretty bad. Special kudos to Ashleigh Mankey who dones a good job and she actually looks like the teen she´s intended to portray. The camerawork and editing is decent. The pacing is pretty decent but some scenes feel like poor attempts to padd out the running time. The soundtrack is decent, but the rock n roll parts felt kinda misplaced in some parts. The look of the killer is pretty cool. There are both on and off screen kills, Dark Shade Creek does get more graphic as the bodycount starts building up. The make-up fx is done on a shoestring budget and it shows. There´s no T and A in this.
This review is based upon a DVD-R from Dark Shade Films which is manufactured on demand when ordered from Amazon.com.
Rating: 2 out of 7. Dark Shade Creek is a pretty okay slasher if you´re a die hard fan of the genre, there are some nice moments and a few which are very good but I found the flick to be a bit slow in parts and lacking in some areas. That said this is isn´t the worst slasher out there, there are far worse flicks out there. Check out if you´re a die hard fan of the slasher genre.
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