Title: Death Trek

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Year: 2012

Genre: Short / Slasher / Supernatural

Language: English

Runtime: 25 min

Director: James Conant

Writer: Jason Bryan & James Conant

IMDb: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2327261/

Grafitti artists are heading down a long path to an old Nazi compound, ready to spend the night with their arts. The way down proves to be very long and problematic, but it's not until they're finally down there that they realize that the past is out to get them.

Our thoughts:
I am always up for a horror movie that wants to bring in a bit more to support the often unbelievable plot. "Death Trek" could've easily have fallen into just being a slasher/supernatural film that follows every note from past films. But because of how it decides to present the story, I found it to be both more interesting and thought-out than I otherwise would have.

It's about a group of grafitti artists/vandals that have found the perfect place to spray down - a secluded place at the bottom of a mountain, with a long staircase leading to it. They starts going down there and it takes them forever, but meanwhile the guy who lead them there tell them about the history of the place, and he starts scaring them with his story that involves Nazism, Charles Manson. They finally get down to the old ruins and spread out to find the perfect spots for their art. But there's something there, killing them off. Something that seems human, but it might be a lot more than that.

In most aspects it's a slasher, but there are some very strong ties to the supernatural with how history is connected to it all. And one scene has a woman trying to get back up from the mountain, but she keeps coming back to the same spot even though she is running up the stairs. We don't find out too much about what is actually going on, but rather they just let us know that things aren't that simple - it's not just a guy killing people. And I appreciate that because it makes it a film you can rewatch if you want to dig deeper, but at the same time you can just watch it with shallow eyes and still find something in it.

Now, I did like "Death Trek", but I think some parts got more attention than some things I felt were more important. It makes it hard to really get into it and care for the characters and the story. It is a good short horror, it is made by people obviously knowing what they are doing and who appreciate the genre, and the location is fantastic too. But it's missing a little something that could've made it something special. And I suppose not being able to tell you exactly what it is just means that the movie overall is good, and doesn't have any specific flaws. The fault might be in the atmosphere, the characters, I don't know and that's why I'll leave it at that. It's a pretty good supernatural slasher that is missing a little touch that I can't put my fingers on. I hope to see more from the filmmakers and maybe I'll eventually find out!

Positive things:
- It's a bit more than just a slasher.
- Great location, both the stairs and the ruins.
Negative things:
- Some of the editing.
- Missing something that could've made it more special.

Gore: 2/5
Nudity: 0/5
Story: 2.5/5
Effects: 2.5/5
Comedy: 0/5

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