Pitchfork, Glenn Douglas Packard: Film Review
Pitchfork Film Details
Director: Glenn Douglas Packard
Writer: Glenn Douglas Packard, Darryl F. Gariglio
Release Date: January 13, 2017
Release Format: Cinemas, Video on Demand
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 1 Hour, 31 Minutes
Having recently shared a life-changing secret with his family, Hunter recruits his friends to come with him from New York to the farm where he grew up as he faces his parents for the first time.
As the college students enjoy the fresh air of Michigan farm country, an older, more dangerous secret slowly emerges.
While Hunter navigates a new place within his conservative family, a vicious creature from their past descends on the farm, putting the unsuspecting city kids in mortal danger.
Pitchfork is gearing up for its theatrical release on January 13, 2017. Glenn Douglas Packard wrote and directs this Horror slasher. Darryl F. Garigilo serves as executive producer and co-writer.
Packard’s film follows a dark, terrible secret that terrorizes locals. A group of friends goes on a road trip to Michigan to Hunter’s (portrayed by Brian Raetz) childhood home. Their good time filled with music and alcohol turns into a nightmare.
The serial killer is a mentally disturbed young man. His face hidden behind an animal mask. Bound to his arm is a hayfork he uses as a weapon.
An even more dark secret is his parents, who happen to be more mentally disturbed and deranged than he is. One-by-one, the group of friends and locals fall victim to the serial killer’s wrath.
Glenn Douglas Packard invented a new villain and nightmare in Horror cinema. Packard’s film pays homage to a lot of the slasher classic films of the 80’s and 90’s.
Watching Packard’s film, I think of; A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, Halloween, and Candyman, just to name a few. These will be the collection of films that Packard’s film associates with. These will be the family of villains that the Pitchfork will join.
I was indecisive on the performances. Most of the cast were mediocre in their roles. I decided to give Packard’s film a fair rating because of the genuine performances from the following actors;
Ben Hollister Jr./Pitchfork (portrayed by Daniel Wilkinson),
Judy Hollister/Ma (portrayed by Rachel Carter),
Ben Hollister Sr./Pa (portrayed by Andrew Dawe-Collins).
These actors portrayed one of the most outstanding performances. The Hollister family was a batshit-deranged family. This trio pretty much stole the show.
Pitchfork would be another cliché had it not been for these actors’ amazing performances. Slasher Films are notorious for having wild young adults roaming about, making unwise choices. All the while they’re falling victim to an unknown predator.
The design for the villain has interesting costuming. I liked the rabid animal look and the hayfork as a hand. A comparison to the aforementioned villains is possible. Yet, the Ben Hollister Jr./Pitchfork character stands on his own, a refreshing villain type.
As with most slashers, Packard’s film starts off with a bang. The show dies down for a good forty minutes before the action picks back up.
For about half of the film, we’re watching immature young adults run amok. Their uncontrolled hormones get the best of em. Of course getting wasted is the norm here. This has been the central image for slasher films for years.
Pitchfork from Uncork’d Entertainment premieres January 13, 2017 in Cinemas and Video on Demand.
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