- Elf 2017
Tim Nydell, Danielle Ackerman, Christian Ackerman (executive) for FastCoast Productions
directed by Christian Ackerman
starring Tim Nydell, Lydia Jessop, D.J. Sherwood, Will Ponder, Don Earl, Becky Nydell, Danielle Ackerman, Christian Ackerman, Jenni Johnson, Mara Luther, Lindsey Zachariasen, Casey Lynn Stuckey, John Springer, Denise Rose, Morgan Kellar, Jessica Downey, Riley Earl, Lucas Paparra
written by Christian Ackerman, music by B.L. Fisher, special makeup effects by Sandra Stuckey, Casey Lynn Stuckey/Siren Studio FX
It's Halloween, and everybody's in a party mood - everybody but Sara
(Lydia Jessop), who dreads the day ever since one Halloween, in her
childhood, she thought she saw the same masked man everywhere, as if he
was following her. Which was of course more than a bit disquieting. And
this Halloween, she thinks she again sees a masked man hanging about her
place - which would make sense, since a dangerous psychokiller, Karpenter
(Tim Nydell) has broken out of the asylum he was kept at, and the police
has so far been unable to track him down - what with all the partygoers in
their Halloween masks littering the streets.
Winnie's (Danielle Ackerman) having a Halloween party this year, and Sara
is persuaded by her boyfriend Mark (D.J. Sherwood) to attend despite her
reservations, she even dresses up as Red Riding Hood. But of course,
Karpenter shows up at the party, and he's carrying an ax - and he intends
to use it, too ...
Director Christian Ackerman makes a rather
scene-stealing appearance as a musician who talks everybody to death while
not grasping the situation at all.
So ok, Karpenter is
not exactly the reinvention of the wheel - but it apparently doesn't
intend to be, even its title suggests that it's an hommage to John
Carpenter's Halloween, which
already describes this movie pretty well. But while there are more Halloween-hommages
out there than I'll ever be able to watch, this one has an edge over most
as it also works as a very well executed exercise in suspense filmmaking,
something most slasher movies substitute with jump scares, gore and
inventive killings. Karpenter might have all of this as well, but
what the film's really good at is building up tension and atmosphere - and
mostly with techniques (down to a minimalist score) already at hand for
the original Halloween -, all
of which culminate in a finale that couldn't be tighter.
film slasher fans are bound to love and even those not into the genre at
all might get a bit of a kick out of.