‘Every generation has its monster’
Pitchfork is a 2016 American slasher horror feature film directed by Glenn Douglas Packard from a screenplay co-written with Darryl F. Gariglio.
The movie stars Daniel Wilkinson [as Pitchfork], Lindsey Nicole, Brian Raetz, Ryan Moore, Celina Beach, Keith Webb, Sheila Leason, Nicole Dambro, Vibhu Raghave, Rachel Carter, Andrew Dawe-Collins, Carol Ludwick, Derek Reynolds, Addisyn Wallace and Anisbel Lopez.
Having recently shared a life-changing secret with his family, Hunter recruits his friends to come with him from New York to the farm where he grew up as he faces his parents for the first time.
As the college students enjoy the fresh air of Michigan farm country, an older, more dangerous secret slowly emerges. While Hunter navigates a new place within his conservative family, avicious creature from their past descends on the farm, putting the unsuspecting city kids in mortal danger…
“The film does try to fit a few too many angles into its running time, a common enough fault for first time filmmakers, thankfully it doesn’t overwhelm the main plot or slow things down too much. It’s well paced and surprisingly well shot with some very atmospheric night scenes. While not a gorefest, it does have it’s share of the red stuff unlike a lot of low budget slashers.” Jim Morazzini, Beneath the Underground
“The effects work on the titular pronged attachment that replaces his left hand is great, while Wilkinson’s lean, rangy physique helps him stand out. However, while I was a big fan of this look, I do think some viewers may find the ‘furry’ mask a little goofy. Perhaps the execution could have been better? Of course, a decent cast are only as good as the plot they have to work with, and this story has some nice twists and turns, plus it affords us some good set-pieces.” Steven Hickey, UK Horror Scene
“Stylistically diverse to the point of incoherence — it begins in serious fashion before turning into sex comedy and slasher film before finally lapsing into torture porn, with generous doses of black humor — Pitchfork ultimately emerges as less than the sum of its wildly disparate parts.”Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter
“There’s a rustic-Americana party sequence which is like a mix between a traditional barn dance and a 90s clubbing scene, and that works quite well. Perhaps someone will put that scene on YouTube, and then history can consign the rest of the film to the dustbin.” Allan Lear, The Slaughtered Bird
“Director/co-writer Glenn Douglas Packard tries to bring a little style and color to the film by relying on off-kilter camera angles and cartoonish supporting characters. But he mostly stays within the narrow parameters of the “knocking off generically attractive youngsters one-by-one” movie, never getting campy enough, bizarre enough or satirical enough.” Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times
Pitchfork was released in select theaters and On Demand on January 13, 2017, via Uncork’d Entertainment.
A special edition DVD and Blu-ray release was released on May 2, 2017.