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JUNE 9
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Reviewed by: JimmyO

Directed by: T. Michael Conway

Starring:
Jon Ray
Trevor Williams
Alasha Wright

Movie:  
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Extras:  
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Overall:  
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What's it about
A group of teenagers with nothing to do but playing pranks end up in the middle of some creepy goings on in the small town of Boston Mills, Ohio. And before you can say BLAIR WITCH… you can figure it out.
Is it good movie?

The first thing we see in T. Michael Conway’s June 9 is a clear homage to the original Halloween. And soon after that, it finds itself in the woods with The Blair Witch Project. A group of teens played by Jon Ray, Alasha Wright, Chad Vincent, Maggie Blazunas and Trevor Williams decide to go into this small town and play pranks on the locals. Soon they find out the town has a haunted history which includes a church with upside-down crosses, a haunted school bus and a few other creepy stories. As the kids keep coming back they seem to piss more and more people off and on June 9th, bad stuff happens.

The teenagers themselves are well played (if a bit on the annoying side) and give the film a sense of realism. It’s almost surprising to see such a blatant rip off of The Blair Witch so many years later. But it makes sense; the film feels like something you might catch on You Tube with kids shooting people with water guns and other such nonsense. And much of the time you feel like these kids are just f*cking around and occasionally they see somebody watching them or feel a creepy presence of someone, or something. It is at those moments, there is a certain sense of dread that keeps the viewer involved. This is also shot similar to Blair Witch with that shaky cam thing going on. And even more so than its predecessor, you often question why the hell they keep filming everything.

But the biggest problem for June 9 is the one thing Blair Witch didn’t do. There is too much of an explanation given. I can’t go into too much detail without giving away the film but let me just say as the ending dragged on I felt myself saying, “I GET IT ALREADY!” There was absolutely no reason to go on after a certain moment in the film yet it did. The power of those crazy filmmakers that get lost in the woods and possibly meet up with some witch was creepy because you didn’t know. The sense of dread that film left you with is far above what you see here. Because after awhile it just became silly, let’s just say that the teenagers were the only believable characters in the film. In the end, I thought this was a really spooky little flick that really wanted to give the answers (and a bunch of gore) that the Maryland Witch didn’t and the truth is, oftentimes, less is more.
Video / Audio
Video: The full frame aspect ratio looks like somebody's home movies albeit digital. So it looks like what you'd expect, unlike Blair Witch that also used black and white. Add to that a few gliches in the video and you have a cheap looking flick (which basically is the point).

Audio: The 2.0 Stereo sounds fine considering. There are only a few moments where is gets in the way of the film.
The Extras
Last Call
June 9 is a passable Blair Witch clone that starts off with a clever nod to the original Halloween and gives some creepy goose bump moments along the way. With some well cast “teenagers” that might even pass for teenagers; I bought their You Tube journey if not entirely cared about any of them even if they came off as a bit moronic. But when the final images come, I was left with a strong sense of “Whatever” which really took away from the eeriness that came before it. Not a total waste and it might even be more entertaining for those of you who didn’t like the “what the hell was that” feel of the Blair Witch. Add to that some gore and this may be more your style. But if you think some one is out to get you… DROP THE F*CKING CAMERA! Seriously.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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