Directed by: Josh Bear
Written by: Josh Bear
Stars: Michael Madsen, Hector Becerra, Jasmin Corina
The After Dark Films’ Eight Films to Die for moniker has returned, this time with eight new original films. I was pretty excited upon finding this out, as I remember the After Dark Films always being pretty fun. Films like Dark Ride, The Deaths of Ian Stone, and The Gravedancers may not necessarily be classified as great films, but you certainly can’t say these film aren’t pretty fun, right? One of the new After Dark titles that caught my attention was Lumberjack Man. So of course, I was pretty excited to get the chance to check it out.
Lumberjack Man certainly doesn’t lack a fun premise, as the story follows a church camp staff who has to start cleaning the place up a bit before spring break. As you could probably guess (if you’ve seen any horror film that takes place in a camp setting), this film certain isn’t lacking in terms of nudity, profane language, drug references, and of course, the over-the-top death sequences. There’s lots of fun gore and about as much nudity as you would imagine…except like, a whole lot more.
Like most horror comedies, Lumberjack Man doesn’t have characters that are meant to be taken too seriously. And when done well, that can be pretty refreshing. However, this film lacks any memorable characters for the most part and has quite a few too many instances of annoying dialogue. I will admit though, seeing a film that’s as over-the-top, yet not ridiculously poor in quality is extremely rare. So Lumberjack Man definitely is a breath of fresh air, and something that’s pretty unique in its own way. Overall, I’d say it’s a fun film, but only check it out if you’re not expecting anything too special.
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