Directors: Becky and Nick Sayers
Production Company/Distributor: Indiestructible Films
Genre: Comedy, Horror, Mockumentary
Running Time: 87 mins
Expected/Actual Rating: PG-13 (language, adult situations)
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Reviewer: Manuel Crosby
Final Score: 7.0 (out of 10)
Reality show host and hunting prodigy Kenny Wayne (Zack Gold) drags his camera crew on a hunt for the most legendary, terrifying buck in the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest. While Kenny tries to prove his hunting worth by capturing the quest on video, cameraman Steve (Cathan Bordyn) and sound recordist Alex (Briana Chicha) must figure out if the hunt is legitimate, or simply a hoax. What will they find out in the woods? The answer may make you laugh, scream, or both!
Nick and Becky Sayers craft a very strong story in this film. As a comedy, it works very well by using its laughable main character, Kenny, and playing him against the more deadpan Steve and Alex. And though the external plot contains quite a bit of hilarity, the inner story about Kenny’s search for approval from his father makes it emotionally fulfilling, as well. While the horror element in this comedy-horror film could have been intensified with stronger suspense elements, creating more effective scares, the comedic elements in the film always kept me laughing.
This film was very watchable from start to finish. Much of this success comes from the character of Kenny Wayne, who is incredibly fun to watch. Zack Gold brings life, believability and humor to the role, and anchors every scene he’s in with a sincere performance. This approach, combined with the excellent scripting and direction of the Sayers’, fleshes out Kenny as a real person who happens to draw out some great laughs.
In terms of the technical aspects, the film mostly delivers. It sounds pretty good in most scenes, with dialogue always intelligible. The cinematography is decent given the minimal budget and crew, coupled with the high amount of daytime exterior shooting. Neither image nor sound quality is perfectly polished, but the entertainment value remains high because ultimately, the jokes work.
Finally, the filmmakers chose an excellent setting for their film. The woods of the Pacific Northwest serve as an eye-catching setting for the movie’s strange buck hunt.
How Far Did you Watch Through It:
The early comedy in the film hooked me in, and kept me wanting to see what laughs would come next. Also, the mystery revolving around the legendary buck pulled me along. I was curious to see what the characters would ultimately find on their hunt.
The Last Buck Hunt definitely entertains and hits some great comedic notes. I would certainly watch the film again with friends for its entertainment value. Becky and Nick Sayers created a very fun movie, and I look forward to their next production!