“TALON FALLS”— Becoming Part of Halloween


Becoming Part of Halloween

Amos Lassen

Four teenagers (Morgan Wiggins, Ryan Rudolph, Jordyn Rudolph and Brad Bell) on a road trip decide to take an impromptu detour to a haunted house Halloween scream park deep in the woods of southern Kentucky. After they see quite an assortment of torture and gore, they start wondering if what they are experiencing isn’t a little too realistic. Before they know it, each one of them is captured and made part of the horrific attraction they originally thought was all fun and games.


Horror films can be a lot of fun and this is one that is but it is also filled with a lot of gore and blood. When the four friends start to explore the crowded site, they are both repulsed and thrilled by the scenes of torture but halfway around they find themselves captured by the rednecks that run the park and they come to realize the ‘actors’ they saw in the torture rooms are actually unwilling victims being killed for real. They need to find a way to escape the nightmare they have found themselves in before it is their turn. This is horror strictly for entertainment purposes and there are plenty of scenes of gruesome violence and many chase sequences, featuring the final girl alive, Lyndsey (Morgan Wiggins). The film actually starts with her being supposedly rescued on the road and then we go back in time.

In the deep woods of southern Kentucky, an isolated town hosts a very realistic Scream Park. Welcome to Talon Falls, “where the torture is real and you’re the attraction.” “Scream all you want… No one believes it’s real.” Writer, director Joshua Shreve uses the real scream park for his independent torture film. The sets perfect because they are real. The people who run this real scream park know how to make things look realistic and this adds a great deal to the film.

We watch teenagers walk through a horror house laughing as they watch other people get tortured. Then it happens to them. This is a simple story and what I think makes this a fascinating film is that it all looks very real. The acting is fair and the screenplay is simple but for a low budget film, I was completely entertained—if that is the correct word to use for a horror film.

There is one excellent actor here and that id Tim McCain playing Tiny who mutely chases the four around the park armed with an axe and wearing a pig mask. He is the perfect bad guy who is both menacing and unstoppable.

There are several scenes of torture that were effective at making my skin crawl in places and some very effective dog attack sequences, but there was a bit too much blood for my taste. Jordyn Rudolph (who plays the other female lead) screams a bit too much for my taste and there are moments when the only sounds that we hear are screams. Sometimes a movie like this is just what we need to relax and have a fun time. It won’t win any Oscars but it is a pleasant (for lack of a better word) diversion.

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