Three years ago, I reviewed a fan film called Never Hike Alone. I didn’t intend on reviewing the film since I’m not a fan of most fan films, but the production values blew me away and I just felt the need to share it with my readers.
It’s been a long wait, but the sequel Never Hike in the Snow was released last week. This weekend I watched it along with Happy Halloween, a Halloween fan film and I decided to do a micro-review for each film.
Let’s start with Never Hike in the Snow.
The first film felt like one giant chase scene and I loved that. The sequel plays out more like a short story that features way less Jason. I was a fan of the former.
It’s not that the new film is bad because it’s not. It has some great acting and some tremendous practical effects, but that’s about where the positives stop. The movie feels disjointed and incomplete and compared to the 53 minute runtime of the first film, the 31 minutes just doesn’t feel long enough.
They raised over $100,000 on IndieGoGo (plus another $20,000 for home video) for this film and those funds would possibly cover another film. I’m not holding my breath on that, but I will say I’m not sure where the $100,000 went. The practical effects were Hollywood quality and I’m sure that cost a pretty penny and the color correction was spot on, but outside of that I’m not exactly sure where all the money went. I just expected a bit more.
We did finally get a chance to see Jason in the snow, but again, not enough of him. We spent the majority of the film with a very unlikeable sheriff and then the movie just sort of ends. Again, it’s not bad, but compared to the first film it was a let down.
The second fan film I watched was Happy Halloween, a Halloween Kills fan film. It takes place in 2018 along the timeline (it’s marketed as sort of a deleted scene) of the 2018 movie and they did a great job at getting an authentic looking mask. However, Michael himself looked a little off (I think there was way too much neck showing). Fun fact: Vincent DiSanti, the filmmaker behind Never Hike Alone/Never Hike in the Snow is under the mask as Michael Myers.
The one part of this film that stood out the most was the soundtrack. It was a mix of Carpenter’s score for the 2018 film, but they made some changes that really worked. I especially liked the extended use of The Shape Hunts Allyson, which is my favorite piece of horror music in quite some time. My only complaint with the original track is that it seemed too short and they utilize it for a longer period in this fan film.
There are some great kills in this fan film and it plays out like one long chase scene which is what I wanted to see. There is one kill that is a bit too gruesome at least in the terms of what Michael could do with a kitchen knife, but other than that everything works quite well. I enjoyed it more than Never Hike in the Snow, but I’m not sure if I’d go as far as to say it’s a must see. I definitely think if you are a Halloween fan you will enjoy it and the thirteen minute run-time is just about right.