Film Review: The Killer of Grassy Ridge

This is my second review for this site and my first film review ever, so we’ll see how this goes.

I was lucky enough to see “The Killer of Grassy Ridge” as part of the Bloody Flicks Awards 2020. I expect that I’ll be reviewing a fair few of the films that I saw on the day, but since “The Killer of Grassy Ridge” has taken up residence in my brain over the last few days, I thought I’d start with this one.

“The Killer of Grassy Ridge” is a short film by Johnny K and Kaotica Studios. I’d heard of neither before watching, but I’ll definitely be keeping a close eye on them going forward.

The first thing I noticed about the film was how bloody beautiful it was. In that way, it reminded me a little of “The VVitch”. Now, don’t get me wrong, the two films are completely different, the stories are miles away from each other and they have different feels to one another, but the way they’re shot is amazing. It shows that horror doesn’t have to be splattertastic and covered in gore (although I do love that). They prove that horror can be beautiful. And that is part of what makes “The Killer of Grassy Ridge” all the more frightening. You expect horror to take place in rundown looking houses, not in gorgeous scenic landscapes.

The soundtrack is eerie when it needs to be and serves to enhance the story, rather than distract the viewer. It just fits.

Johnny K‘s use of natural light really works in the film’s favour. It’s easy to become absorbed in the story. It feels real. It feels like this could happen… and it could happen to you.

Only two actors appear in the film (aside from a voiceover) and this gives it a close, intimate feel. I don’t want to spoil it for you, but Heather Stone puts in an absolutely stellar performance. WATCH THE END! (Well, watch all of it and then watch the end… it’ll be better that way.)

Michael Stumbo is perfect for the role he was cast in. I mean, he looks like a wild man who lives in the woods. He looks like a version of Otis from “House of 1,000 Corpses” who spends his time chopping wood in the wilderness.

As I mentioned at the start of this review, this film has been playing on my mind since I watched it. It’s the kind of thing that stays with you, almost haunting you. And its short length means that you can watch it again and again. It’s just under 10 minutes of WOW.

Check it out here:

Rating: 5/5 (LOVED IT!)

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