Have you heard the campfire story about the six lesbians spending the weekend in the dark, scary woods? Hand it to filmmakers Sharon Ferranti and Lauren Johnson: Faced with a yawning dearth of financing for lesbian-relationship movies, they got creative and grafted a story about six romantically entangled women onto a commercially viable body-count thriller. Every year, bossy Susan (Moynan King) and her friends, a volatile mix of ex-lovers and new sweethearts, celebrate Susan's birthday with a weekend camping trip. Gamine Monica (Virginia Baeta) left Susan for trust-fund tart Andrea (Amanda Spain), to whom Susan is unfailingly rude. Linda (Melenie Freedom Flynn) dated Susan after breaking up with her boyfriend, Steve (Eric Vichi), then went back to him. Chloe (Lava Alapai), who also dumped Susan, is a strident, proselytizing vegan. The only one of the group Susan ever dumped is wacky Wiccan Dawn (Hollace Starr), who almost doesn't come because she's still smarting. And Michelle (Nora Stein) is murdered in the woods before the opening credits, so her history with Susan remains untold — but we can guess. Steve, angry that Linda is spending the weekend with her ex-lover, shows up at the designated meeting place and picks a fight with Susan before the others arrive; a local hunter (Bob Peterson) intervenes, but Susan rudely rebuffs his subsequent advances. And just moments after Susan, Monica, Andrea, Dawn, Linda and Chloe start the long drive to the isolated spot Susan has scouted for them, park ranger Brandt (Susan Durham) gets a call about a fugitive on the loose, with a private detective (Neil Wilson) in hot pursuit. The friends haven't pitched their tents before the squabbling begins. Andrea hates the buggy, bathroom-free great outdoors and doesn't care who knows it. Chloe is outraged that the supplies consist of hamburgers, refined-flour products and beer. Dawn performs annoying spells and self-healing rituals while Monica flirts with everyone — especially Linda, who's awfully receptive for a purported straight girl. In between soft-core sex scenes, the friends are picked off one by one by a mysterious stalker. Although the story is as predictable as can be — "surprise" twist ending included — the performances are better than those in most super-low budget horror pictures, and Jessica Gallant's super-16mm cinematography is surprisingly handsome.
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- Released: 2003
- Rating: NR
- Review: Have you heard the campfire story about the six lesbians spending the weekend in the dark, scary woods? Hand it to filmmakers Sharon Ferranti and Lauren Johnson: Faced with a yawning dearth of financing for lesbian-relationship movies, they got creative an… (more)