The 13th Friday
Khu, Justin Price for Pikchure Zero Entertainment
directed by Justin Price
starring Lisa May, Deanna Grace Congo, Jose Zuniga, Antonio Villarreal, Melissa L. Vega, Victoria Valdez, Joseph Daniel Ellis, Khu, David E. Cazares, Jeff Moore, Kristina Rev, Mayra Rodriguez, Celina Delagarza, Edgar Castillo, Johnny R. Llanes, Samantha Jo Aramburu, Jaymie Gill, Ivan Gerardo Nieto, Viviana Ozuna, Ricardo "Wally" Ortiz, Reagan Dopp
written by Justin Price, music by Julian Beeston, special makeup effects by Nissa Nightmare FX
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It actually starts out rather innocently, with a group of youngsters
partying next to a haunted house that's said to never release anybody who
has gone in ... but of course, one of the group goes in anyhow - and is
found bizarrely hanged.
One of the youngsters, Allison (Lisa May),
decides to investigate on her own, and she soon links a bunch of missing
kids to the death of her friend - but she also finds out about some
Satanic cult, and that it might have been no accident that they were
partying just there but that one of the group, bad boy Joshua (Jose
Zuniga), had somehow arranged this. Problem is, some of her friends are
also in on this, and when she tries to confront them, she ends up in a
cave that turns out to be a gate to Hell with some half-human creatures
out to get her - but she's saved by Erin (Deanna Grace Congo) in the last
minute. Obviously she had been part of the cult but noticed they're up
against something bigger. As is the case with the other cult members, who
soon find themselves on the run from a ghost woman (Viviana Ozuna) and/or
die mysterious deaths. And this of course doesn't help at all in calming
Allison down ...
The 13th Friday might be a bit on the
slow-burn side when it comes to freak its audience out - but exactly
that's what makes it so effective: Sure, the film has its jump scares, but
what really carries it is its suspense, created by a complex mystery
that's really more the foundation for the film's creepiness than just a
vehicle for some shock scenes, and that loses none of its drive by the
fact that it lacks a proper resolution. Now add to that a very atmospheric
directorial effort and a cast more than able to carry the sentiments of
the movie and transmit them to the audience, and you've got yourself a
very solid chiller indeed!