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Several years ago, a sleepy Pacific Northwest town was terrorized by a skull-faced maniac with a thirst for blood. It seemed no man, woman or child was safe from the North Bend Reaper, a crafty serial killer who became infamous for stealing patches of clothing from his bloodied victims. Despite a massive manhunt, the Reaper was never found. Fast forward to the present - a group of actors try to cash in on the town's notoriety by hosting an interactive murder mystery party based on the unsolved killings. After isolating their guests at an abandoned summer camp, they come to the terrifying conclusion that someone in their midst is killing them off one by one. Has someone chosen to continue the North Bend Reaper's bloody legacy? Or has the Reaper himself come back for one last dance with death? Written by
Murder Mystery party turns ugly when a real murderer shows up!
The peaceful town of North Bend, Washington is terrorized by a serial
killer only known as "The North Bend Reaper." He was a hulking figure
in a skull mask whom adorned himself in a cloak made from swatches of
material taken from his victim's attire. In 1988 he killed multiple
citizens in the area, before disappearing, apparently killed by three
hunters out for revenge.
In present day, a troupe of actors, led by Ben Traimer (Todd Hann), is
starting a murder mystery party company very near where the original
tragedies of 1988 took place. The town is in an uproar because the
murder mystery is going to be based on the local legend the North
Bend Reaper. Because of this, the location of the party is being kept
top secret a summer camp closed for the Fall.
Besides those involved in the company, the guests for the weekend
include Therese and Tibor (Tristan Risk and Dave Cote), Joseph (Mike
Coleman) an investigative reporter, Andrew (Steve McGowan) who thinks
with his little head, and Rosemary (Patricia Nudd) and Lisa (Angie
Zachary). Actor Drieghton (Benjamin Gutknecht), who wears Alice Cooper
Makeup and dresses as a mod pallbearer, runs the weekend's events. The
guest that solves the "Slasher-Flick" murder mystery by the end of the
weekend wins a cash prize of $500.
The only problem is that this has all caught the attention of the
original North Bend Reaper, and there are going to be some real murders
at the Murder Mystery gathering So, I have watched this movie a few
times, and I cannot understand why people are jumping all over it so
negatively. It is actually a pretty well put together slasher -
certainly more intelligent than most that I have seen. The story is
very sound, and the actors do not embarrass themselves. If anything
they look like they are having a tremendously good time. The character
of Dreighton is a true stand out. The design on the North Bend Reaper
costume is excellent. And, Lee Tomaschefski is drop dead gorgeous. I
wish she had had a nude scene.
Are the murders themselves graphic? No, but there ARE brutal. This
little indie film has a true professional sheen to it. The production
value is tremendous for what must have been a very low budget. The
writing suffers at times, there are a few logistical problems, but
overall you can tell that those in charge cared and did their damnedest
to deliver entertainment - and they do.
Sure, some of the characters are a little clichéd, but most are fleshed
out a little more than is normal for this sort of fare. The murder
"game" itself looks like a lot of fun, and I wish we had a little more
of that on the screen; maybe an extra could have been the actual game.
The ending - which I feel is an open ending - is well done. Not
everything is wrapped into a neat package, but at the same time it
MAKES SENSE. How many slashers can boast that? This film has gotten
good reviews as well. I would side with those as I think that if you
give DARKEST HOUR a chance, you will enjoy it. I am happy that I own
it, and it definitely is worth a rental. Extras on the disc include
outtakes and deleted scenes, as well as trailers. I truly wish it had
come with a commentary track.
Check it out!
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