Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
What's it about
A group of college kids travel to a small, mountain town called Madison County to interview the author of a tell-all book on the accounts of several grisly murders. Of course, when they arrive, they can't find the author and no one's heard anything about him in years, denying anything about the tragedy. Of course, when they start probing for dirt, they stumble upon things they shouldn't have messed with.
Is it good movie?
I'm sorry to say that this movie looks like, acts like and ends up
being just another lame-ass backwoods slasher flick with almost nothing
going for it. If you've seen the TCM remake or even Wrong Turn, you
know that this is the absolute same old song and dance.
The "kids" are young, attractive and too old, and the local townsfolk
are mean old hicks who are leading them down the wrong path. I'd like
to extend some props to the gals in this one, both Natalie Scheetz and
Joanna Sotomura are pulling their weight here, and are fine horror
heroines, given the material.The killer in the film is a dork in a pig
mask and the dude just doesn't own up to the role very well- he seems
tame and a bit dull.
On top of that, the killings aren't even enough to keep you interested.
Yeah, there's some blood and guts but there's nothing inventive about
the same old hack'n'slash stab/chop stuff. Pretty disappointing. It's
not even super bloody, although some moments are admittedly tense.
Another frustration comes from the fact that the damn camera goes all
earthquake-y when the action picks up.
Why do the kids take so long to draw out the first half of the movie?
They chatter incessantly about their dreary lives and take forever to
get to the horror. It takes over 45 minutes to even see the killer! And why the hell don't they have cell phones to help
themselves out? Weird.
To cap everything off, the movie has a super disappointing, non-ending
that doesn't answer the questions you want to hear about. I know I
don't want to see a sequel, so a bit of explanation would have been
Video / Audio
Video arrives in 2.35:1 widescreen, and isn't
anything special. It's sharp looking, but the whole movie has a dull
and drab look to it.
Audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 and comes through
clean, clear and well balanced.
If you dare, there's a full audio
commentary from writer/producer/director Eric England, co-producer
Daniel F. Dunn, and actor/co-producer Ace Marrero. I honestly
couldn't get through the whole thing but the guys seem honest and
upbeat, which helps.
Also included is a 20 minute Q&A
from Screamfest, which does add some depth, a few laughs and some
There are also some trailers
on the disk for Don't Let Him In, Rabies, Beneath the Darkness, and
Little Deaths (two of which I've reviewed!), and one for this film as
I can't really recommend this one for any reason. It's dull, repetitive, slow to start and doesn't offer any really packed punches. Madison County is destined for the bargain bin.