Friday, April 8, 2022

Reed's Point (2022)

Streaming Service: Amazon Prime ($3.99)
Movie Name/Year: Reed’s Point (2022)
Genre: Horror
Length: 76 minutes
Rating: Unrated
Production/Distribution: Suzanne DeLaurentiis Productions, Uncork’d Entertainment
Director: Dale Fabrigar
Writers: Tricia Aurand, Suzanne DeLaurentiis, Sandy Lo
Actors: Joe Estevez, Clint Carmichael, Anthony Jensen, Evan Adams, Julia Kelly, Lanett Tachel, Giovannie Espiritu, Catherine Healy, Sasha Anne
IMDb Blurb: A vehicle crash in the Pine Barrens leads to a missing teen which raises conspiracy theories about the infamous Jersey Devil legend. On the anniversary of the crash, Sarah Franklin, convinced her cousin Kelsey is alive, goes out to the crash site with Alex, Kelsey's boyfriend, to investigate. Things go downhill quickly as Sarah and Alex uncover what really lurks in the woods.

Cat’s Point of View:
Reed’s Point is definitely a movie that exists. Beyond that, I find myself struggling to string coherent thoughts together to summarize my experience beyond “meh.”
Let me rewind a bit.
I was initially intrigued by the concept of Reed’s Point. You don’t see The Jersey Devil featured in many projects, in spite of the fact that tales of this particular cryptid go back hundreds of years. I have a thing for watching shows about exploration of such myths, much like Expedition X (2020-). Season 2, episode 5 of that show actually featured The Jersey Devil. Aside from such coverage, it’s just not something that gets a lot of air-time – especially down here in the deep South.

I was fascinated to see Reed’s Point’s take on it.

The trailer was interesting and gave me vibes like some freshly graduated high school seniors took an end-of-the-year trip to go cryptid hunting and wound up having an accident. That’s not exactly what happened.
While I can assure you that wasn’t a spoiler, I can’t say that the narrative deviating from that perception did this film any favors.
I was impressed by the collection of articles and images collected about the Jersey Devil for use as background props. The score was interesting, the locations were great and well-utilized, and the practical effects were also surprisingly good. The production team clearly worked their hardest to make this a success.

Unfortunately, there’s nothing they could have done to fill in the plot holes big enough to drive a cruise ship through or invigorate the actors who were seemingly asleep at the wheel. What’s more, one character’s major injury was entirely under-sold and defied belief, and the ending made absolutely no sense.
If you feel like you simply must watch Reed’s Point, it will be available starting April 12th on DVD and from digital on-demand or rental services.

Rotten Tomatoes Critic Score – None
Rotten Tomatoes Audience Score - None
Metascore – None
Metacritic User Score – None
IMDB Score – None
Trust the Dice: Parental Guidance Rating – R
Trust the Dice: Cat’s Rating – 1.5/5
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