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Saturday, October 19, 2013
An Anniversary Of A Different Kind
Sam (Eric Fischer) and Paige (Brianna Lee Johnson) are planning a getaway together. While talking to Anthony (Brick Patrick), Sam's best friend and Paige's brother, they let slip their plans. Anthony then invites himself, along with his girlfriend who then in turn invites more people along. Sam and Paige are good sports though and allow everyone to go with them. They head up near the mountains outside of L.A. to a nice house. They settle in and start to party when they meet a kid that wants to hang around because, as he tells it, his parents are gone and the babysitter is busy making out with her boyfriend. While they are all hanging out and talking outside around a camp fire, one person in their group suddenly finds himself shot in the head. There is someone with a gun lurking around trying to kill them, but who is it?
The Anniversary At Shallow Creek is an odd film. For everything it does right, it does something equally stupid. It starts off with an older teen couple being away for the first time, and the last time. So we know there is a killer waiting right away. But who is it? Once the people we are invested in shows up, everyone is suspect. As they settle in, one of them finds a gun, queue creepy music. Someone starts talking about guns, queue creepy music. I wasn't buying it that the killer could be someone from the main group. Even if Sam or Paige was planning on killing the other, I would think that plan just went out the window when everyone else went with them. I didn't think it was any of the others since it was a spur of the moment thing for them. Anyway, once we get to the first kill, it does get better. It turns into a cat and mouse game pretty much after this for a while. It was a little odd to have the killer shooting people, but the killer does get up close and personal at times. It gets a little more interesting when one of the characters has to make a choice between two people. This choice could have been made even more interesting, but it wasn't bad. The ending isn't too big of a surprise, but is still a nice little twist. The only thing really bad was the child actor. I didn't care for him at all and didn't really understand why he was even in the film. I felt that writers Eric Fischer and Brianna Lee Johnson (what are the odds that they are also in the lead roles?), along with director Jon D. Wagner, could have gotten around having the kid there easy enough.
The effects aren't the best around, but I was still surprised by them. There isn't a lot found, but I'm sure most horror fans will give them a smile when they do see them. The head shot looked fairly real and was bloody, as was some of the other effects found. They aren't great, but hardly bad for a low budget film. The acting wasn't too bad outside of the kid actor. You can also find Katharine Brandt, Annie Burgstede, Eric Fischer and Aaron Johnson.
I don't think a major horror fan will find anything great about The Anniversary At Shallow Creek. There seems to be an on going joke that reviewers don't need to say how shallow it is since they were nice enough to include it in the title. I wasn't all that impressed with it, but found it to be better than the bellow average scores it is getting on both Netflix and IMDb. Not by a lot, but still better than a lot of people are giving it credit for it seems. If you decide to give this one a try, I'm not real sure how to go about seeing it now. I'm sure it can be found on DVD somewhere, but it can't be found through Netflix at the moment. Perhaps they will add it to their instant watch again soon, though it seems they are getting away from movies since my instant watch queue is getting smaller and smaller. I will leave it up to you on giving The Anniversary At Shallow Creek a try or not, but it is worth a watch to me.
3 out of 5 At least the masks looked creepy