THE RANGER Delivers Blood, Guts, and Punk Rock to SHUDDER

A group of dumb punks get themselves in trouble when their de facto king asshole decides to hit a cop when running away from a busted up house party. They decide to run to the cabin that one of them, Chelsea (Chloë Levine), used to spend her Summers at. While at the cabin, things start to go awry when a park ranger decides to enforce the rules rather harshly.

From the moment they arrive at the cabin, we can tell than Chelsea’s past is truly haunting her there. As we learn more about what happened at that cabin, we can understand just how traumatic her experiences must have been. Yet, even more traumatic are the events she and her friends will soon experience, as the ranger unleashes his true self on the group.

To say anything more of the actually story would be to spoil this demented little punk rock slasher that director Jenn Wexler has crafted. What’s important to understand is that this is a fun, campy, and bloody romp through the woods. It’s got a kickass soundtrack and it’s a breezy 77 minutes. As Rich noted when he covered the film during its festival run, it’s a “punk rock palate cleanser“.

Chloë Levine is a great lead and Jeremy Holm (House of Cards) is fantastic as the eponymous ranger. The rest of the cast all do a good job of being solid supporting characters, even if nothing more than douchebag punk kids. Pair these solid performances with good cinematography and strong practical effects and you get a truly enjoyable experience.

Available this Thursday, May 9th, on SHUDDER.

Justin has been running websites since his first Geocities site in 1994, but only did he ever start covering anything of substance years later. After he stopped regularly running local concerts in Northern NJ and the greater Philly area, he knew he needed to step up his writing game if he expected to continue to get free music to listen to. He writes regularly here and at Cinapse, as well as contributing to a few other sites on occasion. He likes music, film, the Philadelphia Eagles, the 76ers, talking about Criminal Justice, reading Intelligence Report, and his family... not in that order. His beautiful wife is far more talented than he is and his kids far more adorable... and crazy.
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