Movie Review-Hayride

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Coming to home video April 2013

How about this for a premise what happens when a convicted serial killer who escapes during a transfer confronts a local legend? Hayride takes place on Halloween, and if you are not familiar with Alabama, I am here to help you. We have this yearly event called the haunted hayride which is very cool and will get you to jump. Well Alabama native Terron Parsons sort of puts his own spin on this event in a film that I will be honest, is way better than it has any right to be. Horror for me is such a personal and touchy subject, I am one of the ones who throws a fit about all these films that feel so much alike, and sick of what Hollywood is doing with films that scared me as a kid and I consider classics. But, according to the box office I must be alone, because people are still piling cash into these films. I do not mind films that use elements from other films if they at least try to use them creatively, this film takes elements from Halloween, Friday the 13th and even Texas Chainsaw Massacre and uses them to put a spin on something that I feel if people gave it a shot, they would really dig.

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Hayride is a story about a convicted serial killer who is being transferred and escapes. While this is happening a little ways down the road is the annual hayride event that is built around the legend of Pitchfork. Pitchfork’s story is told to us as flashbacks at a campfire hang out, his story is not so much a serial killer one at first, he is a man who was over protected of his daughter and family and when his daughter ran away he went into a rage and started killing people to find her. The locals are not sure if this story is fake or real, and they are also unaware that a couple miles down the road an escaped serial is on the run. That is what makes this film such a fun little watch; it gives you two threats, one that is real and one that is an urban legend? This film plays out like the beginning of something more than an actual film, which is not a knock. This felt like the first chapter of a story that I hope we get more stories from. Like the original Halloween, a lot of the movie is story based and dialogue based, but the dialogue all seems like they are trying to build a franchise or at least a sequel, they are making the story so interesting that you know they were looking past part one.

This is a low budget indie slasher, and the film really kept a decent pace, though the story telling at times does seem to get a little heavy, but trust me the third act of this film makes up for it. While the kills are low budget, the suspense and music to the scenes really was a winner. This film builds a tense, and does not let up till it gets to the payoff to the scene, which for the most part was fun and jump worthy. The ending was fucking smart and clever, and it will get you trying to think about everything you just watched, because it painted a scenario that has me hoping they give us more. This is a horror film made by a fan for the fans. This makes The Texas Chainsaw Massacre look like Sesame Street, the chainsaw is dead it is time for you to meet the Pitchfork. Horror has a new icon. Fuck Hollywood, support the indies they are still respecting you horror fans, wait till you see this one.

8.5 out of 10