If I think back to moments that created this love of horror that I have, they all basically start with the typical 80’s icons like Jason, Freddy, etc. That was a solid 25 years ago, and though I’ve seen more horror films since then than I can even count, my heart always goes back to the good ol’ fashioned, campy, legend-born slasher characters of the 80’s. That said, I was more than happy to get a chance to view director Terron Parsons’ follow up to his 2013 slasher flick Hayride. This week Reelbloody dives into Hayride 2: Fear the Legend.
Yes, you read that correctly. I did compare this film to the same legendary 80’s horror movies that entranced me a kid. Now don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that Parsons’ character Pitchfork stacks up against the likes of Jason Voorhees, and I think the director would agree. The legacy behind the Friday the 13th world for example, has been cemented into the history books after some 35 years at this point. What I AM saying is that the movie is strongly influenced by that same type of classic slasher vibe and for that reason, they are absolutely similar. The director’s decision to emulate that same style of film is certainly recognizable and in my book, that’s commendable, respectable, and I thoroughly enjoyed this movie for that very reason. What is equally enjoyable, almost more so, is the knowledge that much of the story of Hayride stems directly from Parsons’ youth. Growing up, his family actually ran a haunted hayride. This is plainly laid out from the beginning of the first film, continued through the sequel, and I absolutely love the fact that this film is a tangible product of his fears as a child and all the nostalgia that comes along with it.
The film itself pretty much picks up where the freshman film left off, and for me a sequel is traditionally meant to do just that. No need for twists and turns and sequels that are really prequels, mid-quels, or any of that garbage. Just get on with it and let the slaughter ensue. That’s what I want. That’s what I got.
What began as a brutal killing spree by local legend and escaped inmate “Pitchfork” in the first film has now begun a new chapter, and one detective is hell bent on getting to the bottom of things. A few of the 1st films characters have returned and are still reliving the nightmare, but they soon realize that this is one nightmare they won’t be able to wake from so easily. Hayride 2 is 90 minutes of straight-forward and effective film, riddled with gory murders and a last ditch effort to survive, and guess what? That is quite alright with me. Less is more, right?
Terron Parsons brings a southern flare to not only the horror genre, but to the slasher subgenre. It’s something we are beginning to see more and more of, and something we are very happy about. Yeah yeah, maybe we’re biased originally being Georgia boys and all, but the concept is quietly gaining steam, and I think we’ll continue to see more of this style of movie crawl out from the woodworks.
Not enough of a summary for you? Guess you’ll have to check it out yourself when it’s released on 3/6/15. If you want to get a jump on things, go ahead and grab 2012’s Hayride from Amazon Instant Video now and see how it all begins. If you want to learn more about the director, check out our exclusive interview with Terron Parsons on our Interviews page.
I’m giving this movie a solid 6 of 10 cleavers, and will probably not be going on any haunted hayrides for a hot minute.