Review by Monique Thompson
The hunters become the hunted after a stranger obsessed with the Redwood Farm murders convinces bereaved family members to venture into the wilderness in hope of proving the existence of the notorious burlap masked maniac.
REDWOOD MASSACRE: ANNIHILATION may not have any big names, however, what you have here is a pretty decent film. I’ll just start by saying I’m quite impressed. It probably helped also that I didn’t go into it with high hopes but nonetheless, this was not bad.
As the sequel to the 2014 film, Redwood Massacre, ANNIHILATION actually got things right this time around. Anytime there’s a sequel, I must go and watch the first in which I did. In ANNIHILATION, author Tom is approached by a stranger named Max, who claims to have proof that the killer responsible for his daughter’s disappearance years earlier still exists. After getting a crew together to go on a hunt in the wilderness to find any more details they can find, they stumble upon an underground compound where things get out of hand and they realize the true intention of one of their own.
ANNIHILATION has a great amount of suspense to produce a decent thriller/horror. While the storyline is different, ANNIHILATION puts me in mind of the 2006 film, See No Evil. Now the plot all-together is nothing that hasn’t been told countless times before, besides there’s been many different stabs at “masked killers” since forever, but ANNIHILATION still managed to make things work.
The special effects aren’t that bad and there’s plenty of blood to go around. The ending has a great little twist to get away from the “typical” ending but as long as you’re paying attention to the film, you may predict how things will go. All in all, ANNIHILATION is worth a watch.
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