The Redwood Massacre (2014) reviews and overview

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‘Evil doesn’t die easily’

The Redwood Massacre is a 2014 British horror feature film written and directed by David Ryan Keith (The Dark Within; Ghosts of Darkness; Attack of the Herbals). The movie stars Mark Wood (Lord of Darkness), Lisa Livingstone (In the Spider’s Web), Lisa Cameron, Rebecca Wilkie and Alec Westwood.

In 2020, a sequel titled Redwood Massacre: Annihilation was released.

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In the US, Uncork’d Entertainment released The Redwood Massacre on VOD and DVD on July 7, 2015. In the UK, the film was released on DVD on July 27, 2015.

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Plot:

For five adventurous friends, visiting the legendary murder site of the Redwood farm has all the hallmarks of being an exciting and thrilling camping weekend away.

A popular site for revellers and party goers, each year on the exact date of the famous local family massacre, people from around the country head out to the site to have fun and scare each other.

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Events take a bloody turn for the worse when the innocent campers discover the Redwood myth is in fact a horrible bloody reality, which turns the unsuspecting victims into prey for a mysterious axe wielding maniac that has remained dormant for twenty years…

Reviews [click links to read more]:

“Suitable enough for a night of traditional slasher entertainment, The Redwood Massacre is one of those disposable movies where some short time after the fact, you’ll be unable to recall if you actually saw it or not.” Culture Crypt

“The “trip in the woods turns bad” plot seems like a standard slasher storyline, but it felt even thinner than that. It’s very short storytelling, and then several really long drawn out kill/chase scenes for almost the entire movie. The acting wasn’t horrible, it’s simply…. present. Nothing more, nothing less.” Modern Horrors

“Completists will get a kick out of exploring The Redwood Massacre, but for the rest of us, this film needs to turn over a new leaf.” The Movie Waffler

“Lisa Cameron stands out as Pamela, in what is generally a really competent cast aside from an occasional shaky performance and a bewildering set of eyebrows. If you overlook the fact the characters have as much depth as the shallow end of a swimming pool, and just rejoice in the hedonistic bloodletting of a home-grown horror […] this is perfect midnight movie sustenance.” The Schlock Pit

” …very minor negatives to what overall is a excellently bloody cinematic experience. This is a fine slasher film that for the most part is excellently paced and will have you hooked from the very first minute to the very last.” UK Horror Scene

“Despite a slow start after the obligatory death by prologue, The Redwood Massacre manages to rack up an impressive body count. Apart from the leads, there are flashbacks to the original killings and a few unlucky passers-by to be disposed of. And the kills are all practical and very messy.” Voices from the Balcony

The Redwood Massacre looks beautiful and was filmed with a creative eye, but it is overall not that successful. The impressive kills and gorgeous dark red blood don’t make up for the fact that the characters fall flat, and that the story and the killer’s origin story is not as fleshed out…” Wicked Horror

“The human fodder is dumber than usual in putting themselves in harms way, and that’s saying a lot. There’s relatively lots of gore from the repetitive slashings by axe, saw and machete as well as very bloody beatings with bare fists. A complete waste of time for everyone involved.” The Worldwide Celluloid Massacre

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Cast and characters:

Mark Wood … Bruce
Lisa Cameron … Pamela
Lisa Livingstone … Kirsty
Rebecca Wilkie … Jessica
Adam Coutts … Mark
Lee Hutcheon … Hunter
Benjamin Selway … Evil Highlander
Alec Westwood … Dead Drunk
Liam Matheson … Farmer
Morgan Faith Keith … Farmers Daughter
Claire Bearn … Farmers Wife
Cheryl Bernard … Daisy
Jamie Butler … Farmer’s Son
Lindsay Cromar … Van Driver

Filming locations:

Battle Ground Paintball, Aberdeen, Scotland (opening sequence)
Den Wood, Aberdeen, Scotland
Dunnottar Wood, Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Haddo House, Huntly, Aberdeenshire, Scotland (massacre site) (also location for Ghosts of Darkness)

Technical details:

82 minutes

Trailer:

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