Writer: Lou Simon (Screenplay)
Starring: Jamie Bernadette, Katie Carpenter, Gema Calero, Karishma Lakhani, Sharron Calvin
Plot: High school friends reunite after many years to spend a weekend in the mountains, but when everything goes wrong, there is no time for girl bonding.
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Suspenseful Horror
Story: All Girls Weekend starts as four old high school friends Daniela (Carpenter), Gem (Calero), Stephanie (Lakhani) along with the outsider of the group Nancy (Bernadette) who also brings her own friend Annie (Calvin) go away from a weekend in the woods.
During their adventure the group go for a hike only to find themselves lost in the woods with Annie injured. Continuing to find themselves lost it isn’t long until the friends find out there is an evil force within the woods as they must fight to survive.
All Girls Weekend is a story that is needed for horror a very simple concept of friends stuck in the woods. Well I know this isn’t as simple as this as we do get the old school tension between friends and looking at how their lives have changed. The story does seem to have elements of Cabin Fever, Evil Dead and The Descent but this mixed together comes off very well because we get to see the best parts all come through the story. for horror stories this is easy to follow and can be enjoyed.
Jamie Bernadette: Nancy is the outsider of the old friends, she seems to be distant from the rest so much so that she brings her friend along for their weekend. Nancy comes off as the strongest of the women even if she is reluctant to get involved with the fun. Jamie is a strong lead in this film being the bad girl trying to keep friends safe.
Katie Carpenter: Daniela is the leader of the friends who has planned the whole trip, she has changed herself because of how she was bullied through school but always just wants to help out in the situation. She is also the one that made the decision to go hiking believing she knows the way back. Katie is good in this role being the caring member of the friends.
Gema Calero: Gem comes off as the clumsy member of the friends which adds to the comedy between the friends as she gets to become the butt of many of the jokes. Gema is good in this role as she does help take the edge of certain serious moments as we are wait for the ‘what has Gem done now’ moment.
Karishma Lakhani: Stephanie is the diva of the friends, all hyped about going into the wilderness but not without her technology. She gets many of the state the obvious lines. Karishma plays her role well but I do wish we get to see more from her character in the film.
Sharron Calvin: Annie is the friend that Nancy brings along on the trip, she is struggling with her recent divorce with this being the chance to enjoy herself. Sharron is solid in this role where we don’t get enough time for her character develop.
Support Cast: All Girls Weekend really only has the characters from the opening scene which we never learn their true identity for supporting cast.
Director Review: Lou Simon – Lou gives us a horror that is filled with tension from the moment the friends get lost to the end credit.
Action: All Girls Weekend has moments of action but is more based on the tension building for these to happen.
Horror: All Girls Weekend is filled with suspense as we follow the friends not know what they are trying to escape from.
Settings: All Girls Weekend keeps nearly the whole film within the woods which helps us get the isolated feeling needed through the film.
Special Effects: All Girls Weekend has low budget effects but doesn’t turn to them for the horror moment in the film.
Suggestion: All Girls Weekend is one for all the horror fans to enjoy. (Horror Fans Watch)
Best Part: Tension building.
Worst Part: While the film doesn’t turn to effects the ones it does have do come off very low budget.
Chances of Tears: No
Chances of Sequel: No
Post Credits Scene: No
Oscar Chances: No
Budget: $1 Million
Runtime: 1 Hour 25 Minutes
Tagline: Nature is a bitch
Overall: Suspense driven horror that comes off with great effect.