Carver, written and directed by Franklin Guerrero Jr, tells the story of naïve young adults that go camping, never to return.
A group of twenty something’s head out to Halcyon Ridge for a weekend camping trip. Upon arriving at the camp site, they are first greeted by the friendly bar proprietor who asks them for help getting supplies from their storehouse in the woods. When they get there, they discover bizarre snuff films which, unbeknownst to them, are real but they soon become the targets of two homicidal brothers with an insatiable bloodlust.
Imitation snuff flicks are a regular occurrence in the world of horror so it’s hard to make them stand out from the others and Carver is no exception to that rule, but thankfully the snuff film aspect may be the plot point but most of the good stuff happens sans camera.
Carver contains one scene many guys will wince at that include a pair of vice grips and an outhouse, I won’t say more but if you’ve seen it you’ll know what I mean.
In general, the acting wasn’t the best by the group, even for a horror movie, but they did all look like real people and fit well with the creepy location and set. I just wish they would’ve had more fight and will to live as their characters.
The sound quality is also good and the use of the song “Turkey in the Straw” is very effective with Guerrero doing a solid job of not going for the cheap scares induced by sudden loud music. Carver is a low-budget, independent effort with a 70s video feel, which for those who love good camera work will probably hate.
Maybe it’s the blood and gore, maybe it’s the possibility that this really happened, or maybe it’s the innocent song that plays, but for those who are dedicated horror fans you should find something you’ll enjoy in Carver.