‘Some legends are real…’
Hayride is a 2012 horror film written, produced and directed by Terron R. Parsons. It stars Richard Tyson, Sherri Eakin and Jeremy Ivy. In the UK, it was released on DVD by Point Blank as Halloween Haunting. A sequel, Hayride 2, followed in 2015.
Steven Summers returns home to southern Alabama from college with his girlfriend to attend his Uncle’s annual “Haunted Hayride”.
Unaware that an escaped killer is on the loose, Steven will soon face the real life embodiment of Pitchfork, a character his uncle created for the hayride and Steven’s childhood tormentor.
Steven will soon realize that not all childhood fears are imagined when the legend of Pitchfork suddenly becomes dangerously real…
“The suspense is thick in the hayride murder scenes, and although the gore is often off-screen, likely due to budget issues, the kills are still satisfying and imaginative. It would seem that the creators of Hayride are attempting to create a franchise-worthy character in Pitchfork, and whether or not they succeed in that endeavor the burlap mask wearing stalker does his job well in this film.” Don Sumner, Horrorfreak News
“Halloween haunts, urban legends, and serial killers make for good horror settings and frightening tales. But Hayride drops each one to the ground while trying to juggle all three. Do not let the tagline fool you. Leatherface would have something to say about comparing Hayride to Texas Chainsaw Massacre.” Ian Sedensky, Culture Crypt
“A classic slasher premise then and for the most part this is good if unsophisticated fun. It lacks polish but benefits from a decent script and a stand out turn from Tyson as the ringmaster Morgan. He’s the best thing in it by a country mile which often has the unintended but unfortunate effect of reminding you how weak a lot of the rest of the acting is.” Daniel King, HorrorNews.net
“This one was interesting and had a lot to like for an indie slasher. Sure, it did suffer through some scripting issues with dialogue, uneven editing and some of the effects mirrored the budget, but there was a lot to like. The storyline attempted to create a full-circle mythos, the pacing was solid, and the was an outstanding atmosphere.” Mark Mihalko, The Ringmaster’s Realm
” …most of the killings are knife-in-the-back affairs or off camera completely, resulting in little bloodletting. When it is on screen, it’s a bit sloppy and amateurish to witness; a testament to Hayride as a whole unfortunately. While the film is a bit of a dud in terms of production quality or originality, there are a couple of good scenes…” Vegan Vorhees
” …Not only does it feature many a bloody murder, many a expertly executed shock moment, and a very spooky killer outfit, it also features a perfect and perfectly creepy backdrop for a film like that, where fiction and (the film’s) reality are bound to constantly crash to keep the viewer alert, and quite a few original plot twists towards the film’s end…” Mike Haberfelner, Search My Trash
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