I love horror, and I can not think of a better sub-genre than the slasher film, nor a better sub-sub-genre than the post-modernist self-referential slasher film. If that film is made outside of LA, it's all the better!
Angie Baggett's Forever Hollywood clicks those buttons for sure!
Filmed in San Diego County with a cast of locals, Forever Hollywood details the cast of the upcoming fictional series Dark Tides heading off into the wilderness for team-building and shooting a web series detailing the cast's work together. The team goes through their encounter, only to have one of their own attacked, and then... well, zombies.
The story is really smart, and the team reacts exactly as a team would react, that is to say with horror, confusion and falling a lot. The script, by Baggett and Julia Watson, reads not only smart, but nuanced; it is free of too much of the debris that often clutters these kinds of scripts, but also not sparse. Some of the acting does not quite live up to the material, but for the most part, the storytelling is very strong. The effects are far from gratuitous, though there is a fair touch of gore.
It's hard to say what Forever Hollywood is more endebted to, Scream or Chopping Mall. This feels like a tribute to those legendary VHS horror flicks that were so much a part of many young, 1980s horror fans, but it is far smarter than any of those. It's almost as if this is what those of us who grew up with those tapes as a film education WISHED this films had been.
Forever Hollywood is a solid film, well-worth the time to go find! You can find more at https://www.facebook.com/ForeverHollywoodMovie/
Klaus at Gunpoint
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