Reed's Point

Film review by Thomas M. Sipos




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Reed's Point (2022, director: Dale Fabrigar; script: Tricia Aurand, Suzanne DeLaurentiis, Sandy Lo; cast:  Sasha Anne,  Evan Adams, Joe Estevez, Madison Ekstrand, Anthony Jensen, Clint Carmichael, Catherine Healy)





Youth is the most perilous time of life. None are more likely to die than the young. Whenever I see a group of teens or twentysomethings leaving for a party, or road trip, or camping excursion, or foreign travel, I know that death lies ahead. Oh to be old already!

Reed's Point opens with three recent high school grads boarding a luxurious private bus owned by Kelsey's (Madison Ekstrand) dad (Joe Estevez), who is giving the kids a lift. They're driving through the New Jersey woods, an area allegedly inhabited by the legendary Jersey Devil.

Kelsey is the rich girl in the group. Sarah (Sasha Anne) is Kelsey's poor cousin. Sarah is the Good Girl, so her chances of survival are high. She plans to be a journalism major in college, so we're supposed to think she's smart. (Has she checked employment prospects for journalism majors? Does anyone still hire journalism majors?)

Alex (Evan Adams) is Kelsey's boyfriend. He too plans to be a journalism major. (After graduation, he and Sarah can flip burgers together.) Alex is a soft-spoken Nice Guy. Deferential to woman and to their fathers. He's a sweet, meek little man. Well, not all that little. Evan Adams is tall and muscular. Yet he plays wimpy Alex, who is wary of men both older and weaker than himself. He's been miscast and poorly directed. Not his fault.

So these three young people board rich dad's bus. An accident occurs. A few brief shots establish that someone -- or something?! -- attacked them. Sarah and Alex are the sole survivors.

A year later, Sarah and Alex are journalism majors in college. Sarah is certain that Kelsey is still alive somewhere in those woods. Why? Just a feeling. Makes no sense. The police scoured those woods but were unable to find Kelsey.

Sarah smells a scope!

She returns to the New Jersey woods, wimpy Alex in tow. Alex doesn't believe his former girlfriend is alive, but Nice Guys always hover about the Good Girl, ready to protect and serve.


Our two budding journalists gather information from the local Sassy Diner Waitress (always the best source for small town secrets), but foolishly ignore the warnings of the local Wise Homeless Man. Instead, they hire the local Creepy Gun-Toting Redneck as their guide through the forest.

Steve the Creepy Redneck (Anthony Jensen) has fun scaring the two city college kids with tales of the Jersey Devil. Alex falls down a hill and gets his leg stuck in tree branches. Wimpy and useless. Steve returns to his car for a saw and never comes back. Sarah goes looking for help. (When alone in the woods at night, it's always a good idea to split up.)

Sarah finds a lonely house in the woods, inhabited by a Creepy Nice Guy (Clint Carmichael) with a huge Jersey Devil collection. Then a bunch of other stuff happens. Everyone -- Steve, Alex, Sarah, Kelsey, Sassy Diner Waitress (Catherine Healy), the Jersey Devil -- reunite, argue, split up, fight, escape, kill, and die. (Not necessarily in that order.) Secrets are revealed. Then more secrets are revealed. Who can one trust?

Reed's Point is an aggressively mediocre horror film. It has all the elements used so many times before in previous horror films. Young college kids. Rednecks with secrets. Monsters in the woods. Stupid people wandering in the woods.



The acting ranges from serviceable to decent. The performances are not amateur, but neither are they memorable or standout. The production values are decent, despite some bloopers. (It's night outside the bus's window, then bright daylight coming from another window, then night again.) The gore is good.

Oh yes, about the Jersey Devil. There's much talk in Reed's Point about the legendary monster, but it doesn't appear until the film's nearly over. Much build-up, little payoff. If the Jersey Devil is your main reason for wanting to see Reed's Point, you might be disappointed.

Some reviewers have complained that Reed's Point is slow-moving and padded. It is that. It feels longer than its 76 minutes. Hardcore horror fans might find it an acceptable diversion if nothing else is available. But neither is it a must-see. A bland but okay horror film.


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