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The Anniversary at Shallow Creek (Jon D. Wagner, 2010)
The setup is certainly familiar. After a brief, bloody (but tangential) prologue, a group of six teens heads to a remote cabin for a weekend. Once there, they quickly find themselves under siege from a sadistic, yet playful, masked serial killer. These scenes, which make up the film’s tense midsection, are probably the movie’s highlights. They exhibit Wagner’s technical proficiency and provide most of the movie’s biggest jump scenes. Things slow down considerably as the film moves toward its climax, though. The heroine (who seemed to scarcely stand out among the cast before this sequence) is given a sadistic moral choice. From this point on, The Anniversary at Shallow Creek attempts to engage in an audience provocation. What the screenwriters have devised, however, is too timid to truly unsettle genre fans.
Still, The Anniversary at Shallow Creek offers a few thrills along the way, albeit predictable ones. The shocks that come with each of its bloody headshots will likely manage to catch viewers off guard. The same unfortunately cannot be said for the script’s hilariously unconvincing red herrings. When The Anniversary at Shallow Creek oversteps its limited ambitions, it frequently stumbles. When it simply spends its energies offing its nearly anonymous cast, it fares better.