Directed by Kyle Hytonen
Written by Kyle Hytonen
Starring Nigel Grinstead, Andrew Barr, Dean Young,
Heather Dicke, John Migliore, and Scott Geiter
Running Time approx 19 minutes
Shorts can be very telling in the way of who has true potential in making the move from amateur film maker to the real deal full length feature show. They are not an easy beast to tame, you need to develop so much in such a compact amount of time. There's the characters, the story, the connection to the audience so that they feel compelled to tune into this alternate reality you've put on screen. All of these thing combined make for one hell of a challenge, and its always fun to watch when someone slays the challenge!
Kyle Hytonen both wrote and directed this fun little gem of a horror comedy that comes across as a sexy little crush on the slasher films of the 80s. Its smartly written (and directed) with great comedy timing, witty one liners and visual gags.
The story is simple enough a few friends hit the woods for a camp out, complete with brews and everyone's friend Mary Jane, to celebrate. However they are not the only ones looking to blow off some steam, and it doesn't take long before unexpected company is rearing its big ugly head! Massacre at Femur Creek has a strong start, and ghastly finish. Sandwiched in between are some memorable moments, including some well done practical effects that may leave some feeling a bit squeamish.
Now being that this is only around 19 minutes I certainly don't want to give anything away, let me just say if you have a chance to see this one DO IT! I really enjoyed it and hope to see more from Kyle Hyonten in the future, as he shows a great deal of potential in Massacre at Femur Creek. I would have liked to have seen the casting be a little more age appropriate or the story tweaked a little to reflect the casts age (for some reason it stuck out to me). I would have also liked to have seen some aging done to the actual footage. It was hard to feel too immersed in the 80's (regardless of visual cues like that fantastic relic "the Boombox") when the film itself was coming across in HD, but considering most shorts are made on a very minimal budget I like to keep things in perspective. That being said Kyle and his crew put together a really fun memorable film that will no doubt be thoroughly enjoyed by all lucky enough to see it! They created a movie that comes across as being made by people who love the genre for fellow fans, and that is a hell of an accomplishment!