|DVD The Anniversary
Run time: 104 min
Genres: Horror | Thriller
Director: Collin Joseph Neal
Writers: Alison Monda, Alison Monda
Stars: Alison Monda, Alicia Mendez, Ivey Bronwen
On the anniversary weekend of the death of a young women’s husband, five girls head out to a cabin to help their friend move past her husband’s death. As the party continues a dark secret begins to unravel and a hideous past crawls out to seek revenge. Written by Erin Neal
Budget: $50,000 (estimated)
This film takes you from the depths of sadness and regret to the pinnacle of terror; with the subtlety of a well-oiled door easing shut behind you, you realize you're enmeshed in a world of unimaginable horror. After literally decades of cookie-cutter, predictable genre horror, I was truly shaken for the first time in years. Physically ready to jump up and run for the nearest door, or the bathroom to toss my nerve-wracked cookies.
The twists and reveals are original and unique, a stand- out in a world of horror films that long ago ran out of anything new to offer. All the more relevant to the 90s setting is the bird's-eye view of the inescapable realities of that age, brought to you in screaming, bloody technicolor.
I haven't yet worked up the courage to watch it again; I know what's coming this time.