‘They deserve this’
Ditched is a 2021 Canadian horror film about a young female paramedic fighting off murderous escaped inmates and an evil unseen force.
Written and directed by Christopher Donaldson (Sleeper; Necessary Evil series). Produced by Chester Sit and Mark Sommer.
The Shadowbrook Pictures production stars Mackenzie Gray, Marika Sila, Michelle Molineux and Lara Taillon.
After a routine prison transfer crashes in the forest, young Inuit paramedic Melina finds herself surrounded by murderers with a mere 100 feet to climb out of a ditch to escape. When they are attacked by an unseen force in the forest, Melina’s short journey to safety becomes the ultimate contest of wills…
“Ditched embraces gel lighting, ensuring a vibrantly colorful forest setting and gorgeous neon shots, even if it doesn’t quite make sense for this premise. Donaldson peels back the layers here, revealing a less supernatural presence and one more rooted in vigilantism. While not wholly satisfying on a narrative level, the gory moments deliver.” Bloody Disgusting
“From its opening sequence to its jaw-dropping climax, writer/director Christopher Donaldson’s Canadian feature Ditched is one wild swerve after another […] Ditched does slow down at one point with a character giving an exposition speech that will remind viewers of Bond villains, but otherwise the film is a tense, energetic blast.” Horror Fuel
“Donaldson has reached back into the George Romero/John Carpenter cookie jar […] If you are a fan of bloody siege movies, like Feast, You’re Next, or Straw Dogs, you might get a kick out of this one. You’ll just have to put up with some extended monologuing. And again, the end is totally worth it, if you’re not squeamish.” The Scariest Things
Ditched premiered at the Popcorn Frights film festival in Florida in August 2021.
Cast and characters:
Mackenzie Gray … Caine
Marika Sila … Melina
Michelle Molineux … Young girl
Lara Taillon … Officer Kerr
Reamonn Joshee … Sideburns
Shawna Pliva McGill … Mother (as Shawna Pliva)
Kris Loranger … Franson
Yaro Krushko … Gilly Man #2
Lee Lopez … Aiden
Declan O’Reilly … Jake
Lianna Makuch … Glynnis
Louie Koutis … Old Man
J. Lindsay Robinson … Officer Revesz
Gilly Man #1 (as Tommy Lim)
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada