Never Hike in The Snow-A reviewSubmitted by Tyler Thielen on Sat, 10/24/2020 - 12:00am
Its almost Halloween, and many people are getting ready to honor one of the holiday’s most famous traditions. That’s right, it’s scary movie time! And what better way to watch scary movies than to start with the classics. Nightmare on Elm Street, Halloween, Childs Play, Scream, and of course, Friday the 13th. A classic horror move with more sequels than you have fingers on your hand, binge watching the Friday the 13th series is fun tradition that many people follow. But there comes a time when the same old movies don’t have that spark like they used to. The feel dull and stale, still good, but you crave something new and exciting. I have also felt this, so one day when I was browsing YouTube, I came across “Never Hike In The Snow”, a Friday the 13th fan film made by Womp Stomp Films. “Set three months prior to “Never Hike Alone” “Never Hike In The Snow” follows the strange disappearance of Mark Hill, (Courtlan Gordon), a Crystal Lake resident who went for a hike in the dead of winter and never came home.”
The short fan-film is only 30 minutes long, but is made with a quality not seen in other fan films. The opening scene is full of tension as Jason hunts Mark and eventually kills him in the classic Friday the 13th goriness. The ending few minutes of the move are also quite fearful, when Jason hunts one of his victims in the darkness of an abandon building. Despite having to use the majority of their budget on getting the original actors for Tommy Jarvise and Sheriff Rick Cologne to reprise their roles for the film, it still looks, and feels like a Friday the 13th film .
I always feel a little inspired (amidst the fear and terror of course) when I watch this movie. The fact that Womp made something out of nothing and it was successful in the way it was gives me hope that one day, I too will be able to make something out of my work. Womp isn’t even making any money off of this venture, as they do not own the rights to Friday the 13th and thus cannot claim any monetary gain. So they make this beautiful and expensive (for the average working man) work of art for fun. So next time you think that you can’t create your dream, take a step back, and realize that with time, anything is possible.