Written and Directed by Flood Reed
Buy the DVD (avail June 9th)
Set against the idyllic beauty of New Hampshire and based on 'actual true events' (with news reel footage to back up the claim) Slew Hampshire wastes no time whatsoever in introducing the film's main characters: Buddy, the over excitable miscreant Dude - “I work in a muffler shop” - guy and Kid (the youngest of the trio). Who are all headed out on a weekend they won't soon forget strapped within a Swedish chariot entitled the 'albino rhino'. On the way they manage to enlist / entice / prompt an old friend, Bro (an Ivy League linguistic scholar played convincingly by Dayo Okeniyi), into joining them. A fantastic way to start any film with names/monikers easy enough for even me to remember.
That's enough of my blow by blow and mentioning of any further important plot points, I don't wish to spoil anyone's enjoyment. Slew Hampshire exceeded any expectations I might have had of such a movie playing out in this 'vein' by also introducing another aspect I didn't see in the slightest. Admittedly an earlier mention of a local urban myth (the 'Treekiller') and the opening scene had me scratching my noggin as to the specific type of film I was about to visually consume. I was more than pleasantly surprised with the way the storyline deviated from where I presumed it was headed, think a flipped scenario much like From Dusk to Dawn (which isn't in the minutest a spoiler). I had yet to read any spoilers or reviews, though I did have a trusted source (my scribbling partner) to inform me that this was a movie I would very much enjoy and I'm happy to report that I managed to do just that!