Reed’s Point (2022) Review
Story: Reed’s Point starts when Sarah (Anne) and Alex (Adams) are involved in an RV crash in the Pine Barrens, Sarah’s cousin Kelsey (Ekstrand) vanishes, with her body never being recovered. One year later Sarah is still searching for answers, working with Alex on a story for the university paper about the Jersey Devil.
Sarah goes with Alex to investigate the crash site, which will see the pair meet the locals that have heard many a story about the Jersey Devil, but now the pair will learn the truth.
Director: Dale Fabrigar
Writer: Tricia Aurand, Suzanne DeLaurentiis, Sandy Lo (Screenplay)
Starring: Joe Estevez, Clint Carmichael, Julia Kelly, Anthony Jensen, Evan Adams, Giovannie Espiritu, Sasha Anne
Plot: 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.
Tagline – Bad Blood Never Dies.
Runtime: 1 Hour 16 Minutes
It starts with Kelsey (Madison Ekstrand) her boyfriend Alex (Evan Adams, The Wrong Valentine) and cousin Sarah (Sasha Anne) joining Kelsey’s father Greg (Clint Carmichael, Sinbad: Beyond the Veil of Mists, The Open Door) on a business RV trip. However, on the way to pick up the client, the driver swerves to avoid a deer and crashes. Sarah regains consciousness just in time to see something drag Kelsey away, and something else rips the driver’s arm off.
Not even ten minutes in and Reed’s Point has delivered a creepy-looking man in a suit monster and bloody dismemberment. It’s a great way to start. Unfortunately, when it picks up a year later with Sarah and Alex working on an article about The Jersey Devil and Kelsey’s disappearance, the pace is a lot slower. Sarah is convinced of what she saw, Alex says the concussion she got made her misidentify an animal. Or maybe one of the Reed family with whom Kelsey’s family allegedly has a feud dating back generations.
At this point I feel I should mention Reed’s Point was originally titled, Reed’s Point: Bad Blood Never Dies. In fact, that was the title on the print I saw. And if that’s making you think the feud angle is going to be a lot more important than the poster wants you to believe, you’re right. Now a couple of college students walking into the middle of some backwoods mayhem isn’t a bad idea, and it’s been the plot of more than one good hicksploitation film. But that’s not what Reed’s Point is being sold as.
Alex and Sarah go to the town of Reed’s Point and after running into Steve (Joe Estevez, The Roller Blade Seven, The Zero Boys), a crazy old man ranting about The Jersey Devil, head into the woods with a guide named Hank (Anthony Jensen, Swim, Monster Hunters). Needless to say, they end up wandering alone in the dark woods. As does their editor Max (Julia Kelly, The Mark: Redemption, The Last Summer) who drives down to look for them in an obvious move to boost the film’s body count.
The main problem with Reed’s Point is it doesn’t know just what kind of movie it wants to be and the various elements never really gel. There are lots of stumbling around in the dark and plenty of human on human nastiness. And something big and hairy with a nasty temper out there as well.
Or is there? The film tries to create confusion as to whether the creature is real or, as in Hoax or Shriek of the Mutilated, someone in a suit killing for their own reasons. Unfortunately, the answer is fairly obvious, rendering that subplot rather silly. Not as silly as the person who says “You don’t have the balls to pull the trigger” to somebody minutes after they shot someone else who said something similar, but it’s close.
It’s too bad because Reed’s Point has some good moments, a well-designed creature, and some well-done gore, although one kill is ruined by obvious CGI blood spray. If the script had tied things together a bit tighter the film could have been better. But there were just too many moments, including the final scene, that made little to no sense.
Final Thoughts –Reed’s Point is a fun horror slasher, brings the legend of the Jersey Devil into the spotlight once more.