Saturday, August 15, 2020

The Midnight Horror Review - Murder in the Woods (2020)

The slasher flick Murder in the Woods (R; 88 minutes) is making the rounds to selected drive-ins and theatres over the weekend from REZINATE Entertainment and Yel Productions. It’ll arrive on Digital and On Demand on September 18, 2020.

Directed by Mexican filmmaker Luis Iga Garzz and written by Yelyna De León, Murder in the Woods features a multicultural cast in non-stereotypical roles.  
“I realized that this type of film had never been done in English for a mainstream audience, where Latinos and people of color are the leads and they are not portrayed in stereotypical ways.” This is why, while developing this indie feature, we were very conscious of making sure that there would be a diverse cast in lead roles.” - Director Luis Iga Garza
The cast includes José Julián, Jeanette Samano, Chelsea Rendon, Catherine Toribio, Jordan Diambrini, Kade Wise, Danny Trejo, Soledad St. Hilaire, Kurt Caceres, and Rolando Molina. 

Murder in the Woods centers on a group of college friends traveling to a remote cabin in the woods. The heroine of the bunch is Fernanda (played by Jeanette Samano), who's only there to celebrate her cousin Chelsea's birthday. Tagging along with Fernanda and Chelsea (played by Chelsea Rendon) is Chelsea's boyfriend Gabe (played by Jordan Diambrini), the loner-type Jesse (played by José Julián), the pothead Jule (played by Kade Wise), and the party girl Celeste (played by Catherine Toribio).

Shortly after arriving, one of the six turns up dead. Yep, an unseen psychopath is running amok near the cabin, and they have to defend themselves against the killer.

Final Thoughts

If you love old school slashers, then you will have fun watching Murder in the Woods. It’s a throwback in a similar vein to the Friday the 13th films, where a killer torments a group of young adults at an isolated cabin. The typical cliched characters are all here - the virgin, the nerd, the jock, the stoner, and the party girls. There’s even a sheriff (played by Danny Trejo).

And, there’s a twist! Yes, every good slasher movie needs an ending twist. Though, I guessed the ending before it happened.

Overall, Murder in the Wood is a fun slasher flick with plenty of fake blood.

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