So a few months ago, Bob and I came across a film called All Girls Weekend and ok I’ll be honest…the name hooked us right off the bat. So as situation and desire dictated, we reached out to Atlanta-based filmmaker and creator Lou Simon and all but begged her to let us review the film. After all, we’re an Atlanta-based crew so in our eyes, it HAD to be done. Luckily, she agreed and here we are! We checked out the film, enjoyed the shit out of it, and now we’re gonna drop a couple reviews and (hopefully) do the movie the justice it’s earned.
First things first…check out the movie poster. Just let it in. It’s awesome, and it’s one of the most fantastic representations of the actual film that I’ve seen. Remember when there were “video stores” and you could look at actual “videotapes”? I don’t know about you, but when I would peruse the endless rows of horror, I’d pretty much base my selection off of the cover art and/or the tagline. I guess that’s how it’s supposed to go, right? Well, if I saw All Girls Weekend in aforementioned video store, I totally would’ve picked it out. That's how awesome it is.
Ok, on with the show!
All Girls Weekend follows a small group of friends who set out to rekindle their friendship in what I would consider the most awesome (and dangerous) genre settings out there: nature. Mother. Fuckin'. Nature. As you may be able to surmise, their hiking expedition is cut brutally short by an unforeseen bringer of death, and it’s simply awesome. You’ll get no more plot from me (nor should you need any in my opinion), but it was way more than I anticipated and deliciously savage.
All the moving parts were there for me in this film, and I can rest easy knowing that I don’t need to say more than a few basic notes about it.
The cast was well put together and there was no question as to the validity of their long and arduous friendship throughout the years. There was just the right amount of witty banter, bickering, and drinking to make it quite believable. The location was also drop dead (pun intended) gorgeous. As the tagline suggests, nature does play a role in the film, and Lou & crew picked a fantastic spot in which to film.
I think more than anything, I really just enjoyed the story. It wasn’t farfetched and it wasn’t swiss cheese either (see our review of Sorrow if you want holes). It was very easy to follow, had some super creepy and gory moments, and provided an overall beautiful canvas upon which Lou could paint her bloody and spooky picture. Just as enjoyable was the weaving in of the exquisitely clever supernatural element to the smorgasbord of blood and guts already laid forth in the film. I tell ya, she just really did a fantastic job of giving you just what you want out of this film, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
So with that, I’ll leave you all to hunt the film down via its Twitter and let them know how badly you want to see All Girls Weekend. You shan’t be disappointed!
It’s an easy 7 cleavers for me. Click here for the imdb details and here for the trailer. We’ll also post it on our Reel Short Clips page for you to enjoy.
Stay Bloody, people! Bob and I won’t be doing reviews for a while but keep your eyes on the forthcoming full length feature from Reel Bloody Films, Strip Club Massacre!!!
Hello friends and fans, what a bittersweet time this is. Where we are happy to embark on a new journey of our own film making and producing, I may have a tiny, small tear in my eye knowing this is the last time I will review a film for you all. It has been fun, but I hope that you all stay with us and check out some of the projects we (Reel Bloody Films) will be working on. We are in the process of a very gritty and disturbing film and it will be announced very soon!!! Welp, let us go ahead and cut to the chase and get on with the final review!!
Not even kidding... I have waited and waited to get a chance to check out this week's film and write a review of it. Lou Simon, the writer and director of All Girls Weekend, has been kind enough to let us here at Reel Bloody take a look at the film and give her our honest and unbiased opinion. I have a good feeling about this one. I don't know why, but I do.
So, here we go. All Girls Weekend is a horror film about a group of girls who were high school friend that decide to reunite and catch up with one another by spending a weekend in the woods. Yep, the woods, you know what that means!!! Shit gets real. And...it did.
All Girls Weekend stars Jamie Bernadette, Katie Carpenter, and Gema Calero and from the very opening scene, I was immediately drawn into the story. We see a woman in the woods carrying a young girl. Both are beaten up, both appear to have been through some real shit. The young girl is not awake and the older one begins to weep as she hears voices in the wind blowing through the woods. She lifts a rock to bash the young child in the head and then....well... I will not go much further but let me just say, the first minute or two, I was all in on this film and I think you will be too.
I do not and cannot let myself spoil ANY of this film for you, but let me do my normal three step breakdown for you.
Acting: The cast was amazing. It was not perfect, but the three main characters did do a great job of working off one another. Never once did the film seem too scripted or forced. Like I always say, it was not Oscar worthy performances by any means, but I have seen waaayyyyyyy worse...even on the big screen in major studio horror films. Great job ladies.
Story: Yes, the "in the woods" story is getting a little played out...not as bad as "found footage" but I am seeing more and more films with this plot. However, this is not your typical lost in the woods film. Lou Simon adds her own little twist and she does an amazing job keeping you in suspense throughout.
Ending: Not bad Lou Simon, not bad. Horror movies are always tricky for the writers because they are actually some of, if not the hardest type of films to bring full circle to end. The ending to All Girls Weekend was pretty damn solid in my opinion. Of course, some may disagree but I was not let down at all. When the end credits rolled, I did not feel robbed of my time at all.
So there we have it. The cast, the story, and the ending were all pretty good in my book. It was different, very different, which I liked. It is very hard for me to ever give a film more than a 7 of 10 cleavers, but in this case, I will.
Lou Simon, congrats. The final review for our Reel Bloody Reviews team, I, Bob Clark, give you a solid 7.5 of 10 cleavers!!! Job WELL DONE!!!!
Guys, check this movie out when it is released. PLEASE!!!
Let’s see if I can remember how to write a review. It’s been a hot minute but Bob and I really got back into the game this week with American Backwoods: Slew Hampshire. We turned back the clock a little to check out this movie (2013), and I’m damn sure glad we did! Written and directed by Flood Reed, the movie was full of twists and turns and blood and guts. It was a hell of a ride, that’s for sure!
American Backwoods: Slew Hampshire focuses on a group of guys on the road to find the titty bar to end all titty bars. Unfortunately for them, bad directions and a freak accident take them on a completely different path, leading them to the ultimate battle for survival.
I’m going straight bullet list with this one. Here’s what I loved and here’s what I loathed:
· The opening sequence was awesome. I was immediately drawn in to the story and I knew it would be wild
· The gore. Yep, I’m a gore hound, and this film provided plenty of it.
· The twists. You think you’re about to watch a typical group-stuck-in-the-woods-getting-killed flick but what you get is so much more. I truly didn’t expect the direction the film would take. Who doesn’t like that?!
· The acting and writing for sure. It was great. Seems like such a simple request to appreciate good acting, but I’ve reviewed enough movies to know how much of a downer it is when it’s piss poor. The entire cast was great and made for a very intimate experience watching the film
· I don’t have too many honestly. It definitely started out slow and a little generic, but that gave way to a very extraordinary story. So damn…I guess that’s another Yay?
Bottom line, I watched this movie and got a wicked case of the fuzzies. I’m not comparing it to other titles, but I definitely saw influences anywhere from The Doom Generation to The Village and even a little The Hills Have Eyes thrown in for good measure. I’m not sure about you, but that’s some good company, right there.
No spoilers here, just get out there and check this movie out! Click here for the imdb details, find the film, and sit back and enjoy! Easily a 7.5 on the good ol’ ReelBloody cleaver scale.
Well hello there everyone! I feel like its been a few months since I have had the chance to review a film, maybe thats because it actually has been a couple of months. However, we are back for another couple of reviews, and then we will embark on a quest to turn this company into a film company. Yes, that is correct. We are just weeks away from officially launching Reel Bloody Films. We hope to stay in each of you all's good graces and you support the many projects we will be working on here in the near future.
Now onto the business currently at hand. This week our mission was to review the film American Backwoods: Slew Hampshire. This is a film that is claimed to be based on actual events, but you never know just how true that is. Slew Hampshire was written and directed by Flood Reed and starts Dayo Okeniyi, Shawn Thomas, and Tyler Rice.
I went into this film with zero expectations. I had not read a single review, nor had I even seen the trailer. I like to enter these things completely in the dark. I will say the first thing that stood out was the music in the opening credits....amazing. Flood Reed did a great job with the score and it set the tone for what would become a pretty fun film.
As for the film itself, I will start by saying the acting was pretty good. If you are familiar with our site, you know acting is a big deal for me. The cast in this film did a pretty solid job keeping me engaged in the plot. There were some really bad Boston accents at times...I think it was a Boston accent, but it in no way affected my opinion of the cast's talent.
The story was solid as well. I do not like getting too much into the story typically because I hate spoiling the films. In a way it was a rather cliche plot, but they did a good job changing it up from your usual "in the woods" horror films. What I loved most was hands down the gore. Man was it a bloody mess!
I will wrap up this review saying that Flood Reed is EXTREMELY talented...and I mean that. The film itself was not my favorite, but I certainly believe you should give it a chance for yourself. I cannot say anything truly negative about it, but I also cannot rave about how amazing it was either. It was just a film that I "liked." Will I watch it again? Probably not, but that does not mean it isn't good. Please, show the talented Flood Reed some love and check out American Backwoods: Slew Hampshire. it is worth a watch without a doubt.
I give Slew Hampshire 6.5 out of 10 cleavers and a "good job" to the entire cast and crew.