The Horror Honeys: Ditch Day Massacre

Ditch Day Massacre

A Guest Honey Review by Tonjia Atomic

When I first started watching Ditch Day Massacre I thought it was another modern teen style slasher flick. As the film unfolded I realized that it was not just your typical recycled teen film. What it is is a gritty indie horror in a suburban setting that involves teens as well as adults. It wasn’t anything profound, but it was a fun watch. 

There were a few instances of jump scares and female nudity that seemed as if they were thrown in to please the audience. Jump scares and nudity that seem thrown in out of nowhere are both pet peeves of mine. However they happened so infrequently that it wasn’t that big of a deal for me. I think it was twice each. Also, there is an audience for that type of thing, it’s just not me. 

The story has a clearly defined backstory and some plot twists that I really didn’t see coming that added to the story. However, I personally didn’t really care too much about the back story. I enjoyed it for the body count, gore, and fun performances. The gore was slightly exaggerated in a good way. It was realistic enough to buy but over the top enough to not feel like I was watching torture porn or a surgery show. Good and gross and not quite realistic is my cup of tea.

Katy Foley was solid in the lead as Jenny Bilson. Another plus is a cameo by Lynn Lowry. And of course Bill Oberst Jr. steals the show. If you’re the type of person who likes to see Bill Oberst Jr. in any role (I know you’re out there) you will delight in this movie. He gets to be at his baddest best with many great creep out moments. I haven’t seen an apple eaten so creepily since Chris Sarandon in Fright Night.  

For film buffs there were several unique and cool looking shots. The framing was unique and some of the story shown through shadow or reflected images. There was nothing that was too fancy that would bring you out of the grittiness of it, but some shots were beyond standard and added an interesting element to the film. 

Overall I didn’t feel like this is a movie that requires a revisit to ponder it’s deeper virtues. However, I don’t think it’s meant to be that kind of a film. It’s a fun watch that delivers what it sets out to.