Written & directed by Brad Mills, the piece is an authentic sendup to the campy b horror films we all grew up with – Cult Classics like Friday the 13th, Psycho Cop and Sleepaway Camp, which, as young and impressionable youths, offered us the answers to life’s big questions such as “What was that noise?“, “Why is everyone vanishing?” and “Sure there’s demonic serial killer on the rampage, but do you want to make out in this tent?”
Here’s a totally rad story and like, some alliteration to go with it – Ranger is the first Facebook funded feature film. Mills raised $50,000 to shoot the free movie through Facebook, no guff!
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Facebook is also where the Director met Tom Hodge from The Dude Designs, who is the genius behind the film’s beloved poster, which puts you in the shoes of the dumb teenager from every eighties slasher flick who trips over a leaf and gets beheaded by the raving lunatic. The Dude also designed the one-sheet for the recent smash grindhouse hit Hobo With A Shotgun. Another HWAS connection – the filmmakers of Ranger and Hobo are from the same neck of the woods of the East Coast of Canada.
They say making films with family members is worse than being turned into green mush and being eaten by Goblins, but Brad Mills Produced the film with his sister Jacquelyn Mills, and they are still on good terms!
Jacquelyn, coming off of a stretch of critical acclaim and festival wins (including a TIFF prize) for her dramatic short “For Wendy”, also shot the film with DOP Chris Henschel, and Co-Edited the feature length horror comedy with Production Manager/Farmer (not the Motel Hell kind) Ryan Spence.
A mostly Montreal crew, fresh out of Concordia’s Mel Hopenhagen School of Cinema, shot the film over 23 days in Cape Breton, with an all Nova Scotia cast giving great performances as the stereotypical teens. The actors were so good that they had to be frequently show clips from Psycho Cop to get them out of good acting mode.
The Legend of the Psychotic Forest Ranger stars Michael G MacDonald as a somehow super human killer with epic kill lines and a compass that finds teenagers partying in the woods. True to B horror form, MacDonald’s Ranger defies all storytelling logic. How did he get these special powers? How did he just appear in front of them when they were running away from him? Oh my gawd, figure it out yourself.
The original score & Forest Ranger’s theme by Duncan D Scott and Josh Gillard, along with 80s rock ballads from The Danger Bees & Ball Arena, add to the film’s authenticity through auditory audacity.
We can’t wait for fans of eighties horror films to sink their teeth into this rotten tomato, we hope it will fit in your collection alongside cult classics like Troll 2, Basketcase, Friday the 13th and Evil Dead!