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DVD Review: Backwoods Bloodbath: Curse of the Black Hodag

 

Backwoods Bloodbath: Curse of the Black Hodag

The Midnight Horror Collection Vol. 3

Echo Bridge

 

 

I don’t have much to say about Backwoods Bloodbath: Curse of the Black Hodag.  It’s just so generic.  It’s about six young people who head out to a cabin in the middle of nowhere for a vacation.  Unfortunately, there’s a killer stalking the woods who starts picking them off one by one.

Most of the kids are unlikable, douche bag-types, as is typical of this kind of movie (after all, we need some deaths we can cheer on).  And then there’s the two okay kids who last until the end.  The killer is a monster called a Hodag, although he looks suspiciously like a man in a cheap mask.

The acting is mostly fine, though the direction is a little wonky, with awkward cuts that make conversations sound stilted.

The good girl in the movie, Jessica, is played by Angela Lowe.  According to IMDB, this was her one movie role.  Her other credit is in a documentary series called ‘A Haunting,’ where she plays herself, a psychic.  So, she quit acting to become a professional psychic.  Really.   That story would probably be more interesting than Backwoods Bloodbath: Curse of the Black Hodag.  I wonder if anyone asked her if she foresaw how her acting career would work out.  Her character has a few nude scene, but they involve her starting to take her shirt off and then a sudden close-up of a nipple, which makes me think there was a body double involved, or just some more odd directing.

This movie seems to be the only credit for most of the people involved, with the notable exception of Julie Roy, who played ‘Barn Girl’ (the girl in black underwear to your left.  She went on to guest star in some kids shows, like Victorious and Jonas.  Last season she had a role in Parks and Recreation.

 

The movie has not an original bone in its mangled body.  But aside from a general lack of production values and a few awkward shots, it’s competently made and watchable (assuming you don’t have immediate access to the hundreds of better slasher movies with an identical premise).

The movie comes in a two disc set with four movies on each disc from budget distributor Echo Bridge.  Video is in 4:3, which I think is the OAR, and looks decent enough.