In my youth it was a fact that my Father didn’t exactly want me out in the sun. Which might very well explain why I had a lack of friends when growing up as well as the skin complexion of something akin to a Morlock. Yet on the other hand…he was convinced that taking me camping was a great thing. At every opportunity it seemed like he was attempting to get me to go fishing or camping. Obviously this wasn’t something I enjoyed – I would have rather been at home playing the Atari 2600 or reading comics. Apparently earlier this month, Scream Factory released a new IFC Midnight horror film entitled Desolation. It made me understand why I do not enjoy being out in nature…especially in isolation and the dark.
Desolation is the first film directed by Sam Patton. Although he has been involved in various aspects on The Purge, Last Vegas, and The Saint to name a few projects. The filmmakers take their time to get to the horror aspects of the movie. Lulling us by the real beauty of the forests around Utica, New York.
Which I think is the key to what works in Desolation, that the true horror is the worst can happen at any second. The threat in the movie comes in the form of a silent stalker known as the Hiker. This is not a supernatural entity like Jason Voorhees from the Friday the 13th series. Nor is it even a wounded soul, confused and abused like in the cult classic Sleepaway Camp. This comes down to being in the wrong forest at the wrong time.
The story for the film revolves around Abby (Jaimi Paige) and Sam (Toby Nichols), her teenaged Son, as well as her best friend Jen (Alyshia Ochse). The trio have traveled to the remoteness of the forest to scatter the ashes of Abby’s Husband. Obviously Sam as well as Abby are having a hard time coping with their loss. Things are about to get a whole lot worse though with the arrival of the Hiker.
The Hiker is played by Claude Duhamel, who you might know from 2001’s Valentine. What is the reason for his stalking of the trio? My takeaway is this is something he possibly does for fun every once in a while. Which I think makes it scarier, don’t you?
I am sad to say that Scream Factory hasn’t included any special features beyond a trailer for this particular release beyond a trailer.
You can totally pick up Desolation right now at better dealers everywhere. Or of course you can hop on over to Scream Factory and order your copy.
Pamela Voorhees. The name should conjure up images of a distraught but loving Mother. In addition to a grisly drive for punishment against Camp Crystal Lake as well as its counselors. And while I certainly admit that she perhaps crossed the line, I must say there is part of me that feels sorry for Pamela.
Of course I should add that I also feared the likes of Pamela Voorhees. Which is certainly one of the reasons I avoided heading to summer camp. Ever. Not to mention worries of the types of wildlife one might bump into while attending camp. Like snakes…and eels.
By all means I was a strange and lonely child. Having said all of that however it is a fact that Pamela Voorhees is an icon of horror. You don’t have to just take my word for it however. I’m willing to bet that friend to The Retroist and myself, the talented Travis Falligant would back up my statement. I would direct you to take a look at his Halloween coloring contest page featuring none other than Pamela from 2016.
Image courtesy of IBTrav.
It was Travis in fact that was kind enough to share this humorous video the other day. Combining the theme song from the 1988 hit TV show Just the Ten of Us with the…antics…of Mrs. Voorhees. Perhaps an alternate world’s intro to a different Friday the 13th television show?
I would warn that if you’ve not seen 1980’s Friday the 13th for yourself. Everything in the video below is a SPOILER!
Welcome to the third Halloween Special for the Saturday Frights Podcast! What better way to celebrate a long night of festivities than listening to memories of slasher films?
This Halloween Special the Projectionist and I are joined by Doug McCoy, Allison Venezio, Daniel XIII, I See Robots, RetroArtBlog and the Retroist!
I think you will agree that this podcast is a relative Halloween-palooza! One that finds most of us transported to none other than Crimson Creek! Will we survive long enough to tell our thoughts on the slasher genre?
Listen and find out for yourself!
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Last October we shared the Kickstarter information for Gun Media’s Friday the 13th: The Game, it was quite the success to say the least as by the end of the crowdfunder they had raised almost a million dollars.
All images courtesy of Gun Media.
Of course it’s easy to see why the game caused such excitement among the vast legion of horror fans and gamers. I mean Friday the 13th: The Game has the blessing of not only the original 1980 film’s Director, Sean S. Cunningham (He literally gifted Gun Media the rights!), but features a score by Harry Manfredini, has the legendary Tom Savini acting as a guide as well as Kane Hodder who portrayed Jason in Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood, Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday, and Jason X.
Now we have an almost five minute preview of the Alpha Build of the game…and can watch as Jason stalks the counselors of Camp Crystal Lake and their gruesome end when he catches them. Make sure to listen to this with headphones as the sound design is incredible!
I think I would have bolted from under that bed and ran for the door myself, when Jason was taking care of the radio in the next room. I’ll be very curious to see in the final game if it’s so easy for Jason to teleport around the map…knee-jerk reaction says that it will not be like what we saw in the video. Perhaps when Jason has accrued enough fear from those hapless counselors he can trigger a special ability?
I guess we will find out when Friday the 13th: The Game is released this Fall!