FROM THE BACK OF THE BOX:
Full of plot holes & cheesy dialogue, The Legend of the Psychotic Forest Ranger is a B horror movie straight out of the 80s. After taking a wrong turn down an abandoned road, the Jock, the Joker, the Blond Bimbo & the Paranoid Brunette run out of gas and find themselves stranded in the middle of the woods. What a total drag. What was that noise? Why is everyone vanishing? Is it all one of Bradley’s dumb practical jokes, or could The Legend be true? Your compass can’t help you in these woods.
FROM THE BACK OF MY BRAIN:
“The Legend of the Psychotic Forest Ranger” wants to be a late 70s/early 80s horror movie. But, that’s the problem with parody/homage. You find yourself conforming to rules so strictly, that you start to ignore the narrative. The narrative is what carries the jokes and horror, but so many horror comedies forget that. I guess that’s why you don’t see many of them anymore. It’s just to much for most creative teams to pull off in ninety minutes.
When films try to ape past genres, they almost always want to say that every mistake is an aesthetic choice. Well, if you’re ignoring the narrative to make something that looks cheap and it looks cheap, does that mean you succeeded? It’s a double-edged sword that keeps swinging over one’s head. What matters is whether or not the creative team owns the mistakes and strives to make their vision. That didn’t happen here. I wasted my time watching a film that played like “Saturday the 14th” by way of “Sleepaway Camp”. Utterly forgettable, but I know that someone reading the site will eat it up.
The DVD comes out near the end of April. The A/V Quality is pretty fair, but it lacks any major punch-up. That being said, I was watching a Vimeo file. So, that’s not naturally indicative of the end product. Take that for what you will. Some might want to rent/stream it.
RELEASE DATE: 04/22/2014