Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
Many years ago, the small town of Eidolon Crossing was affected by a brutal series of child murders. Corpses were found at Dogwood Park, an amusement park. Of course the park was soon abandoned and called "Deadwood Park", and the town would soon fall apart. And now a man named Jake has returned to the town to try to understand more of the mystery, alongside the local sheriff's daughter.
Is it good movie?
This was some solid stuff, folks. Deadwood Park comes from Eric Stanze, the man behind such exploitation genre films like I Piss On Your Grave, which led me to believe I might not be a huge fan. Instead of brutal guts and gore though, what I saw was a well written, well directed and well crafted horror offering. The film's main credit is its atmosphere- everything just looks so forgotten and decrepit. The soundtrack is low-key and creepy, and really suits the picture.
There is a good story here that is constantly paced through flashbacks which reveal more and more about the terrifying past of the town. Deadwood really serves as a slow building pot-boiler that really unleashes hell at the end. By the time this flick is over, you'll be glad because there will have been a lot of carnage unleashed and you can finally relax- it's a pretty tense flick. It plays out like a real ghost story, and although some of it is predictable, I bet you won't be able to figure out the end.
Although I believe that Deadwood Park is an intelligent film, the acting isn't perfect. William Clifton, the main character is fairly good, and needs to be. Lindsey Luscri didn't really convince me though; I wasn't overly impressed with her character.
Really, this film deserves your attention. I thought it was a well done flick, and given the budget, it's one of the better independent films I've seen in awhile.
Video / Audio
Video comes in 1.85.1 anamorphic widescreen and was shot on DV, so doesn't look perfect, but is quite passable. The quality is certainly good enough.
Audio is Dolby Digital 2.0, which is unfortunately not up to the industry standard of Dolby 5.1, but is good enough for a lesser track.
The main feature here is a commentary track with writer/director Eric Stanze. Decent stuff for a one man commentary, you certainly find out Stanze's influences and filmmaking techniques. It's good stuff.
There's also a short outtake reel which barely runs three minutes.
Finally there's a music video for Zombie 79 by Crypt 33, which was pretty good.
As I said before, I really enjoyed Deadwood Park and it is certainly worth its weight in salt. Although the acting can leave something to be desired at times, the story is right and the natural progression along with twists and turns make this one a winner. Check it out.