REDWOOD MASSACRE: ANNIHILATION (2020) Reviews and overview

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‘Evil has many faces’

Redwood Massacre: Annihilation is a 2020 British science-fiction slasher horror feature film featuring the return of an axe-wielding maniac. The movie is a sequel to The Redwood Massacre (2014).

Written and directed by David Ryan Keith (The Dark Within; Ghosts of Darkness; The Redwood Massacre; Attack of the Herbals).

The 2nd Nature Films-Clear Focus Movies production stars Danielle Harris (Camp Cold Brook; Victor Crowley; Havenhurst; Halloween franchise; et al) Damien Puckler (Death Factory; Camel Spiders; 666: The Beast), Gary Kasper, Jon Campling and Tevy Poe.

A stranger obsessed with the unsolved Redwood murders, convinces a group of bereaved family members to venture into the wilderness in hope of proving the existence of the infamous killer. Their quest for truth sees a sinister turn of events, as the hunters become the hunted.

A blood-soaked fight for survival ensues when they find that the tales told of the axe-wielding manic is very real…

“The casting choices are good, the characters are entertaining, and the action sequences and practical fx are a lot of fun. I felt like the score ran on at times though, and the accents can appear inconsistent. Due to some early unveiling, the film winds up lacking a bit of mystery come the third act…” Adam the Movie God

“Fans of the original (wherever you are) will be met by the same kind of knowingly cliché horror that the first one provided albeit with a new cast of characters and a new kill list in order to watch them all die in various horrible ways. The problem is that newcomers who may not even realise that this is a sequel may not be all that impressed as the characters and plot are put together so lazily that they won’t care about anyone.” Battle Royale with Cheese

“Shamelessly transparent as it takes much of its influence from old school ‘80s horror, provided you are not easily offended or squeamish, and definitely not someone looking for some deeply-veiled societal commentary, Redwood Massacre: Annihilation may be brazen—and you, much like Gus, may grumble, “Okay, that’s messed up!”—but it’s fully enjoyable, too.” Cryptic Rock

“It’s a well photographed, passably acted and painfully drawn out mess (105 minutes? Really?). Harris has obviously been cast based on her horror CV […] irrespective of her suitability for the role, but she at least shows off good fighting skills […] Sorry but this is terrible stuff, lacking both wit and imagination.” Dark Eyes of London

“As you can probably expect if you saw the first film, Redwood Massacre: Annihilation is rife with blood, gore and great effects. Given the small cast, we do have to wait a considerable amount of time before we get to the brutal killings, however, this just serves to build suspense. There are some great props used throughout and the creative murders are a credit to the makeup department and special effects team.” Erebus Horror

” …Redwood Massacre: Annihilation doesn’t reinvent the wheel, but it’s an above-average slasher sequel nevertheless. It has two great villains and a typically strong lead performance in Danielle Harris’s Laura. Only time will tell whether or not the Burlap Killer ultimately gets to carve out his place in the slasher movie hall of fame, but this entertaining sequel is a reasonable step in the right direction.” Horror DNA

“The kills are brutal and the practical effects are top-notch. The kills may not be that original but they work for the film and will stick with you for days to come. Overall, Redwood Massacre: Annihilation is a must-watch for horror fans. Keith is a director that always delivers and RMA is no exception.” Horror Society

“For everything that Redwood Massacre: Annihilation gets right, it also gets a few things wrong. Because of that, it made for a pretty unbalanced experience. It also doesn’t supersede the original in any way, but it does offer a few fresh ideas and while most of them are purely visual, I do appreciate the proper distancing they achieved to keep the film different enough.” Killer Horror Critic

“So okay, it does meander in places and has a flabby midsection but otherwise, it’s decently played and delivers the gory goodies. Danielle Harris brings the sass and attitude and the film concludes with an ending that is pleasingly unexpected […] Redwood Massacre: Annihilation is a bloody and choice slice of slasher mayhem…” My Bloody Reviews

“Now this film is certainly not the reinvention of the genre, but it does throw motives of the slasher, conspiracy thriller, action flick and science fiction together in a very entertaining way, finding the right balance between suspense and spectacle, with an appropriate amount of violence and gore added to keep genre audiences interested throughout while taking full advantage of its maze-like and at times claustrophobic location.” Search My Trash

“David Ryan Keith seems to have no idea how to script dramatic, coherent or even human-sounding dialogue, and some of the character choices and plot points often seem either baffling or like borderline continuity errors […] It would be unfair to say this film is completely without merits, as there are some well-executed moments from a technical filmmaking perspective…” Starburst

Redwood Massacre: Annihilation is long on suspense. With its small cast, it has to be, there aren’t enough potential victims to just throw bodies at the screen. However, what it lacks in quantity it makes up for in quality. The killings are done with excellent practical effects and will certainly make genre fans happy.” Voices from the Balcony

Redwood Massacre: Annihilation is a sequel that really improves and marks a potential franchise. Some nice intricate and shocking turns, an epic Mortal Kombat-style death, and a wild ending make this one sequel worth checking out.” World Film Geek

Redwood Massacre: Annihilation is released on DVD and Digital on October 20th 2020 by Uncork’d Entertainment.

Cast and characters:
Danielle Harris … Laura Dempsey
Damien Puckler … Max
Gary Kasper … Gus
Jon Campling … Tom Dempsey
Tevy Poe … Jen
Benjamin Selway … Burlap Killer
Stephanie Lynn Styles … Donna
Alec Westwood … Man in Suit
HemDee Kiwanuka … Coach Nick
Gavin Park … Soldier


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