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*This* is the kind of movie you're hoping for.
_Deadwood Park_ is a great example of personal passion, creativity, cinematic technique and a strong story, completely overcoming the lack of a big budget. It's thrilling to watch a classic style pulled off with this much heart and soul. Entertaining and engrossing.
On a micro-budget, the filmmakers have built a slow-burn, atmospheric ghost story with some truly harrowing suspense and chills. Making use of great use of locations, this movie is beautifully shot and deliberately paced. It takes its time, but delivers some remarkable and evocative sequences - from a gas-lamp search of an abandoned second floor, to a harrowing WWII battle flashback (filmed with local re-enactors). A moody ambient score and effective sound-design give these scenes exactly the bite they need, and near-brilliant use of composition.
All of this would be for nothing without a story worth telling, and this is a place too many indies fall down on. But not here. I can't tell you how delightful it is to be halfway through a movie and _not_ have a clue where it is going. And it turned out that even my suspicions didn't guess the half of it. There is a big story being told here. A smart, literate, novel-like structure full of striking details and themes. Historical flashbacks and visual devices that I found very rewarding. While some of the dialogue is un-remarkable, it's not annoying and seems to support the common-place feeling of the place and the characters.
The only thing I felt detracted were a few performances.Read more ›
The viewer is put on edge with great presentation, cinematography, and story telling while trying to figure out the mystery of what happened at Eidolon Crossing in the past, and how this links to what is happening in the present.
The picture quality is great and in no way difficult to watch. The setting locations on their own are extremely creepy, and when you add in a few freaky looking children, you get a frightening picture to say the least. I thought the score (especially the opening credits) was excellent and really set the mood early. Some of the interaction acting / dialogue was a bit tough in some parts, but in no way took away from the film. Wolfe's portrayal of Reverend Callahan was excellent and very believable.
The last few flashbacks (I don't want to spoil anything so I am being vague) do an excellent job of answering the viewers' questions while not getting too far away from the action that has been building up.
If you are looking for an enjoyable horror movie, that stays true to the classic approach of scary and creepy being better than bloody and gory, *Deadwood Park* is a must see.
Those looking for cheap, trashy thrills or gore galore will not find what they're looking for here but if intelligent scares that sneak up behind you and linger for a while are you bag, check this one out.
But in the final act (the revelation of the mystery), the film disappointed me. I had been guided down a pleasantly sinister path only to find a muddled conclusion in which the movie seemed to not really know just what it wanted to be. It changed. The whole mood and tone of the story changed.
Mind you, this was an effective exercise in horror, for the most part, for a low budget movie. It built its tension carefully and languidly. And I'm a sucker for a decrepit, abandoned carnival. But because of the baffling climax of the movie, I can't say that this movie lived up to some of the glowing reviews and feedback. I want potential viewers to know that this may not be a total gem.
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As a horror fan I'm looking for a really good scare and to be entertained. Sometimes while watching a movie you can figure it all out quickly, which often creates a feeling of... Read morePublished on January 31, 2014 by Lisa K.
Ordered this movie because of my friend Jason Christ! Great product will be ordering more like this sometime soon! THANKSPublished on October 15, 2013 by James Hodge
The story had promise but the film was about 40 minutes too long. Honestly, I found myself more concerned that the protagonist was doing nothing to fix up the house he grew up in. Read morePublished on April 28, 2013 by Evan Schackmann
Great visuals, creepy locations, slow moving keeps you on edge. Acting is good. Best sequence is the WWII scene. Check out the trailer on Youtube.Published on January 4, 2013 by Bill
I enjoyed the movie. Not a lot of blood and guts, and, surprisingly interesting plot. I am glad it is a 7 day rental so I can watch it with my husband, who doesn't usually watch... Read morePublished on August 5, 2012 by Sandra Stephens
I have to say this is one of the best indie horror movies that I've seen in a long time. While the acting from some of the extras was wooden at times, William Clifton did a great... Read morePublished on March 4, 2008 by Wordgrinder
Movie exceeds all my expectations of independent horror cinema. Special fx are keeping up with the 1st Savage Harvest.Published on September 15, 2007 by David V. Moore