indie horror: RWD

A few years back in an issue of Fangoria I read an article about a movie called Triangle in which the characters are trapped in a time loop and must fight for their lives against one of their own. It was a phenomenal film that never really got the exposure or praise it deserved. If you mixed that movie with The Blair Witch Project and watched it with Rod Serling while Goblin played in the background, it’d feel like RWD.

Matt Stuertz’ full length directorial debut is a hell of a ride. While it’s nice to give characters a complicated background so you feel for them, the characters in RWD, Chris (Adam Hartley) and Ricky (Stuertz), are so relatable, they could easily be you and your best friend. Chris and Ricky are just two guys hanging out in the woods to film their ghost hunting show Ghost Goofs (named for one of Stuertz’ Sixty Second Slasher short films).

While trying to interview the descendants of the subject of their ghost hunt, the guys begin to notice strange things like mysterious phone calls, figures in the distance, and interference on their sound equipment. I’m man enough (despite being a woman) to admit it had me feeling a bit jumpy as I tried to figure out what exactly was going on.

Unable to conduct their interview, Chris and Ricky retreat to the woods where they decide to investigate an ominous looking silo. As the two get separated inside and the strange occurrences and noises intensify, the film goes off the rails.

RWD goes from nerve wracking to a fun surprise and, by the final act, it’s a tense survival film. I found myself on the edge of my seat, genuinely rooting for the characters.

While it may not be for everyone, if you like to have fun with your horror, you’re definitely going to enjoy RWD. You can watch the trailer here:

And considering I’d be remiss to write a review of this film without mentioning the glorious 80’s synth pop soundtrack, you can listen to (and even purchase) it HERE.