Considering I had no synopsis to initially frame this film going into All Girls Weekend, I didn’t know what to expect. Granted the title alone conjures up images of girl’s getting drunk, running around in their underwear, doing generally girly things and judging by the film’s cover art some bloody horror is thrown in for good measure. Thankfully this film is really none of those things, it much more!
Directed by Lou Simon, All Girls Weekend tells the story of Daniela (Katie Carpenter) who decides to get her old highschool girlfriends together for a girl’s weekend of outdoorsy activities including ziplining and taking a hike in the woods. After an evening of fun, the girls decide to go for dinner, but end up instead stopping by the side of the road to take an impromptu hike through the woods. As Daniela takes the girls through the forest insisting all the way she knows where she’s going, the girl’s soon find out that Daniela’s and their own navigation skills are not up to par and find themselves lost in the woods. As the days turn into nights, friendships fall by the wayside as the girl’s fight for survival, not just from nature, but each other.
I’ll admit that I didn’t go in with high expectations, but I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it. All Girls Weekend jumps out of the gate with a slow gallop, but quickly gains speed as the story unfolds. I enjoyed Lou Simon’s take on girl’s lost in the woods, even though this film has similarities to other films with the same premise, her take was more creative. The cast had great chemistry and the acting was solid throughout. My only main contention with the film was the transition between scenes. Rather than a seamless frame to frame continuation, the scenes faded to black with the break off point for certain scenes at awkward places in the film.
What I appreciated the most about the film was this subject matter was a perfect setup to be a found footage style film, thankfully the director did not take it that route, rather she shot it as an actual movie. I enjoyed all the characters, (which is usually a rare occurrence for me) particularly Nancy (Jamie Bernadette) and the progression the plot takes as the weekend turns from delightful to frightful.
All Girls Weekend is a much better horror entry than I initially gave it credit for, which is always a fun discovery in horror. I do hope this film gets a proper release so that it can be seen by more of the masses because everyone needs an All Girls Weekend.
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Director: Lou Simon
Plot: 3.5 out of 5 stars
Gore: 6 out of 10 skulls
Zombie Mayhem: 0 out of 5 brains
Reviewed by EvilQueenB