Redwood Massacre: Annihilation – Review
A few years after the events of The Redwood Massacre, Max (Damien Puckler) has become obsessed with them, even influenced by them. So, when he meets Laura (Danielle Harris) and Tom Dempsey (Jon Campling), a family affected by the Redwood Murders, he sees his chance to take them on a hunt to bring the Burlap Sack Killer to justice.
After a while trekking through the woods to get to their destination, they see the entrance to an underground bunker and without thinking twice, the gang comprising of Laura, Tom and their friends Gus (Gary Kasper) and Jen (Tevy Poe) venture into the bunker to find the killer. Little do they realise that their guide has led them right into his trap.
Redwood Massacre: Annihilation is the sequel to The Redwood Massacre released in 2014. Following its predecessor also written and directed by David Ryan Keith, Redwood Massacre: Annihilation sets its horror in an enclosed space where the killer picks them off one by one, whereas the original did the same, but with a group of campers.
However, the familiar settings of the Redwood Massacre movies may be a bit more satisfying if along with its classic tropes, it tried to do anything engaging with the story and characters. Instead Redwood Massacre: Annihilation just does what it feels it needs to do in order to qualify as a horror movie.
Fans of the original (wherever you are) will be met by the same kind of knowingly cliché horror that the first one provided albeit with a new cast of characters and a new kill list in order to watch them all die in various horrible ways.
The problem is that newcomers who may not even realise that this is a sequel may not be all that impressed as the characters and plot are put together so lazily that they won’t care about anyone.
There are some attempts at a bond between the characters which includes a mild flirtation between Gus and Jen, but by the end the audience will just see the movie for what it is and wish they were watching something with more imagination.
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