A group of attractive youngsters head to the forest for a weekend getaway in a cabin… Yes, it could be the opening plot line of any number of horror films, not to mention films like this year’s Cabin in the Woods, which satirised the device for all of its clichéd glory. This time, however, it is the beginning of Mine Games, a ludicrous–and occasionally ludicrously entertaining–horror thriller from local director Richard Gray (Summer Coda). Filmed in the same region of America that was home to Twin Peaks and Northern Exposure, this film plays like a long lost sequel to Friday the 13th as an unseen evil stalks the nubile teens in a quasi-labyrinthine möbius strip of revolving ridiculous chills.
This review probably reads more positive that it ought to, but after the vitriol that I heard about the film the night prior I was surprised to myself enjoying it for the most part (despite its obvious flaws). Can I mention that I met Ethan "Voice of a God" Peck at the MIFF closing night after party? We spoke about the Step Up franchise and that is something I will never not find hilarious. He is so freakin' dreamy you guys. He's not going to be starring in To Kill a Mockingbird 2 anytime soon, but who cares when you look and sound like that? Remember when you heard Heath Ledger's voice for the first time? Yeah... *swoon*