4/20 Massacre (2018)

Director: Dylan Reynolds

Writer: Dylan Reynolds (Screenplay)

Starring: Jamie Bernadette, Vanessa Rose Parker, Stacey Danger, Justine Wachsberger, Marissa Pistone, Jim Storm, James Gregory


Plot: A group of five women go camping in the woods to celebrate a friend’s birthday over 4/20 weekend. But when they cross the turf of an illegal marijuana grow operation they must struggle to survive the living nightmare.

Tagline – Inhale. Exhale. Scream.

Runtime: 1 Hour 24 Minutes


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Slasher Fans Dream


Story: 4/20 Massacre starts as we follow our five friends Jess (Bernadette), Aubrey (Parker), Donna (Danger), Rachel (Wachsberger) and Michelle (Pistone) as they head off for a camping trip for Jess’ birthday on the holiday known as 4/20 (the motivation for this holiday will be revealed in the film, don’t worry I was completely lost on it too to start with).

As the weekend unfolds the girls have a drink, drug induced time in the woods nearly a local illegal marijuana operation, which brings them face to with a killer protecting their investment.


Thoughts on 4/20 Massacre


Characters – When we get into the characters it would be fair to say each one fits into a horror type for the slasher genre. Jess is the cleaner living of the group, the only one that won’t touch drugs and looks after the rest of the group, while celebrating her own birthday. Aubrey fits in the role of the one that is good at heart that has her own feeling for our lead and wants to use this weekend to show their feelings. Donna the stoner of the group spending more time high stating moments of the obvious, like Marty from Cabin in the Woods. Rachel is the womaniser of the group with her latest project along on the trip with Michelle being that project is the newest member of the group just trying not to say anything she shouldn’t around the friends.

PerformancesJamie Bernadette in a leading role again, this up and coming actress is a very busy lady of late with Killing Joan only just appeared on VOD. In this role she once again shows she can handle combat skills and strength to be the lead role, fingers crossed we will see her many more horror films. Diving into the rest of the cast we have good performances from all with Stacey Danger becoming the character you want to see more off.

StoryThe story isn’t the most difficult for anyone to follow, it follows five friends that are going for a camping trip only to find themselves needing to survive against a ruthless killer. There is on part of the story that sticks out, none of the film is set at night which is something that breaks the generic idea of slasher films. You don’t need anything too deep here, it does everything the story needs to do.

Action/HorrorThe action in the film plays hand in hand with the horror as we see the killer calculate his next kills in full action form, the horror is plenty of blood and gore with the kills, that do feel original even if the moments don’t feel like they have the tension being built in them.

SettingsThe film is set in the woods during the day, which breaks the mould for slasher movies which generally take place in the darkness.

Special EffectsThe effects used when it comes to thee kills are good throughout when it comes to the kills which feel unique in their own way.

Scene of the Movie –
Smoking alone.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Too many disposable characters.

Final ThoughtsThis movie plays into the slasher movies of old, it hits the marks on every level making us enjoy the film, it has great kills and a strong lead.


Overall: Enjoyable slasher movie.





The Monster Project (2017)

Director: Victor Mathieu

Writer: Victor Mathieu, Corbin Billings, Shariya Lynn (Screenplay)

Starring: Yvonne Zima, Justin Bruening, Toby Hemingway, PeiPei Alena Yuan, Murielle Zuker, Jim Storm, Shiori Ideta, Jamal Quezaire


Plot: A recovering drug addict takes a job with a documentary crew who plans to interview three subjects who claim to be real life monsters.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: The Reason People Hate Found Footage


Story: The Monster Project starts as monster pranksters Devon (Bruening) and Jamal (Quezaire) start seeing hits on their Youtube channel and decide to make their own show hunting for real monsters with new member of the team and recovering drug addict Bryan (Hemingway).

With the team together with the addition of director Murielle (Zuker) they set off to an abandoned house in the middle of the woods to conduct three interviews with people who claim to be monsters a vampire Shayla (Zima), a skinwalker Steven (Flores) and a demon Shiori (Ideta). The team learn the truth about monsters and demons by the end of the night.


Thoughts on Th Monster Project


Characters – Devon is the producer and host of the Monster Project who along with his team looks to take their show to the next level away from just prank like videos. He does have a selfish streak but also loyal to his crew. Bryan is the recovering addict given a role in the team where his weakness will become his strength once they fight to survive. Murielle is the former partner of Devon who gets bought into becoming the director of the project. Jamal is the cameraman that says what we have been thinking most of the film.

PerformanceThe performances are hard to judge because first you must look at the characters as naïve wannabe Youtube stars so the acting doesn’t have to be amazing but at points needs to be annoying, which is what you get, none of the stars comes off that well once the horror side of the takes off but before that we can believe they could be the Youtube names.

StoryThe story doesn’t leave much to see as original, we have the idea of hunting for monsters in the form of interviews only for everything to get out of hand, but for the most part we focus on just running around the house in panic which for the most part is almost unwatchable.

Action/HorrorThere is a lot of running around screaming being chased by the horror which is all in the dark and is mostly creatures jumping at the screen.

SettingsFor the most part of the story we are in the middle of nowhere where the crew can’t do anything to escape from the home once the horror starts.

Special EffectsThe effects are fine through the film, the camerawork helps hide the weaknesses being shown.

Scene of the Movie – I liked the interview scenes.

That Moment That Annoyed Me The horrible use of found footage, which I can be a fan off.

Final ThoughtsThis is the reason people get put off found footage films, we have horrible shaky cam which makes the second half of the film almost unwatchable.


Overall: This could one of the missed chances of the year, with a disappointing film.