HAUNTED TRAIL (2021) Reviews of Black slasher horror

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Haunted Trail is a 2021 American slasher horror film about a group of college friends who receive the surprise of their lives. Unfortunately, they discover there is an actual killer on the scene of a local haunted trail.

Directed by Robin Givens (The Jenkins Family Christmas; Favorite Son; Ann Rule’s A Murder to Remember) from a screenplay co-written by Raven Magwood and Paul Lindsay, based on Magwood’s story. Produced by Raven Magwood, Jock McKissic and Tery Wilson.

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Our review:
The painfully clichéd dialogue and depiction of the black male leads – Desi Banks’ character is pretty irritating – may lead many to bail out early on Haunted Trail. But those that hang on may appreciate the fairly effective and atmospheric ‘haunt’ setting and frankly there are a lot worse in low-budget movies.

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Once the killings begin there are a few nicely-lit sequences that are staged well enough to perhaps make this worth a watch despite a rather predictable end reveal. While not a firm recommendation Haunted Trail is not quite as bad as it initially seems.
Adrian J Smith, MOVIES and MANIA

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Other reviews:
” …I enjoyed the experience, but some repetitiveness and predictability took a little something away from the viewing. As a whole, the casting for the film was great, you had most of the cliched players, but I would’ve liked to have seen a little less focus on the film’s comedic aspects.” Overly Honest Movie Reviews

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Release:
In the US, Haunted Trail was released On-Demand by Level 33 Entertainment on September 27, 2022. Watch via Amazon

Cast and characters (in credits order):
Desi Banks … Zay Michaels
Marquise C. Brown … Jackie
Brook Sill … Amy
Raven Magwood … Portia
Reggie Couz … Austin
Chikako Fukuyama … Sarah
Matt William Knowles … Mark
Travis LaBranch … Andre

Technical stuff:
1 hour 20 minutes

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