Dir: Michael J.Hein and R.Zoe Judd
IMDB Rating: 5.2 out of 10
A major problem that has plagued the Horror genre for years is the constant cash in's on successful ideas, This tactic sometimes pays off and a classic is created but more often than not it floods the market with cheap cash in's. During the 70's and 80's Slasher films were the biggest example of this trend, with the success of films like Halloween, Friday the 13th and Texas Chainsaw Massacre birthed countless horrible attempts to mimic what worked for those films although several lesser known gems did spawn from the formula. Nowadays it seems that the go to style of horror to cash in on is the effortless "Torture Porn" genre as films like Saw and Hostel paved the way for over the top gore replacing story and suspense. It began with films like Touristas and flooded into lower budget flicks like Murder Set Pieces and this little turd I am checking out tonight. Devil's Grove is a blatant cash in and a weak attempt at that, attempting to cram a convoluted plot among the cheap gore effects that are obviously trying to push boundaries but due to the lack of budget or talent just fail miserably.
Opening up with a scene in a local fairground where one of the maintenance workers Jimmy is caught having sex with the owners 16 year old daughter, In order to save herself from trouble she quickly pleads that jimmy was raping her.This of course leads to Jimmy being released from his duties. The following day Jimmy is back in his workshop and again is thrown from the premises when the owners daughter expresses she in fact lied and she is in love with the unstable and presumably mentally handicapped Jimmy. Looking for revenge Jimmy violently kills the owners entire family. 6 months later (Although they mention 6 years later in the film) a group of High School students obviously too old for the roles decide to set out to the closed down fairgrounds to shoot a documentary on the Riggs family murders. The "Teens" of course are the typical motley crew of horror film fare albeit with a few tweaks to make it more modern. After receiving some further insight on Jimmy and the murders from an older staff member at the school Ian, Who seems to know an awful lot about Jimmy and his twin brother Johnny who has written a book about the incident, we follow The studious girl Carissa, Her adopted brother Martin, along with The jock Slugger, The Stoner , The cheerleader, the nerd who is possibly gay, The goth chick and the accused slut as they head out to put together their project for the finals. Upon arriving they are given a short window of time before they are to meet back up at the car in order to avoid the daily police patrol and this subplot is completely forgotten about. As the teens split up into groups of two's and start getting shots and providing monologues on the murders it becomes clear that they're not there alone. This is all the more obvious as Jimmy is shown in the park killing a young girl moments before the group arrives therefore completely killing any suspense that could have been built. As expected the teens quickly begin vanishing as Jimmy kidnaps them and takes them to his workshop where he has been keeping the owner Mr.Riggs alive the whole time.
Overall: 4 out of 10