Young, High and Dead (2013) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

Young, High and Dead (2013) - Review, Rating and Synopsis

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  • Release Date:  2013
  • Genre:  Slasher
  • Cast and crew: Hannah Tointon, Louisa Lytton, Philip Barantini, Matthew Stathers, Nigel Boyle, David Partridge, Su Elliot, Lara Wollington, Lainy Boyle, Edward Law, Rob Lyndon, Sydney Hunter
  • Director:  Daniel Fenton, Jonathan Brady, Luke Brady, Thabo Mhlatshwa
  • Screenwriter:  Luke Brady

Young, High and Dead (2013) Rating:

  • Eloise =   5.5 / 10;
  • Raoul = 6 / 10;
  • IMDb = 3.3 / 10;

Young, High and Dead (2013) Synopsis:

Five friends go party-camping in the woods without realizing that they entered the territory of a maniac killer.

Young, High and Dead (2013) Review:

Young, High and Dead is a low budget, indie slasher from England. The film, the first one of Luke Brady, is a rather classic killer movie with many great things…but also a few disappointments.

The main downside of the film (the poor audio quality put aside) maybe its lengthy introduction. Thereee is not much happening in the first 50 minutes and it kind of feels like watching a camping trip video. On the brighter side, this leaves a great opportunity to build strong and convincing relationships between the various characters. This comes alongside surprisingly great acting, including the beautiful Hannah Tointon that you may have seen previously in The Children (2008).

The rest of the film brings its lot of action. The horror aspect is kept simple, with no masked killer or fancy weapons, but remains efficient. The villain is stressful, especially when running at full speed. The loud music, sound effects and a couple of clever cameras move help at creating a tense atmosphere. The raping scene is particularly atrocious, but awkward too like it doesn’t really fit with the overall tone of the film.

Overall, the end really delivers its lot of cool horror scenes and finishes the film on a great note, making it well worth watching the first long 50 minutes. My only regret is that the story doesn’t emphasize more on the killer, who is intriguing but could have done with more background story. In any case, I will be looking forward to Luke Brady’s next movie.

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