In the summer of 1973, dozens of teenagers were lured to a remote plantation by a charismatic cult leader and brainwashed into attacking anyone outside their group. What followed was a killing spree of unimaginable brutality. The horrendous crimes were covered up and the only survivor locked away. The secrets of the Plainsong Massacre remained hidden... until now. Seven teenage tearaways - looking for a place to skateboard, drink beer and raise hell - drive a stolen truck to the long-abandoned plantation. The high-spirited teens initially laugh off the blood-stained walls and mysterious symbols but, with night falling, it becomes clear they are being stalked by a force of pure evil and limitless power. As the childhood friends fight for survival, they discover the horrific truth about the massacre, and Mikey's footage builds to a final confrontation that echoes all our nightmares.
Raised by Wolves (2014)
- Raised by Wolves review by NP
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Teen slasher films are often tainted for me by portraying the teens as unlikable arrogant loudmouths. The perversion is that when they die in a variety of brutal, graphic ways, I am quite pleased to see them go, but saddened that the film didn’t make them more sympathetic – that way, there would be some emotional investment in them and their deaths would be far more tragic and effective.
Raised by Wolves doesn’t feature any wolves. And yet it does relate to the above by making the teens represented deliberately abhorrent. There is not one decent soul amongst them. These are the ‘young people’ who terrorise neighbourhoods and cause all manner of distress and then justify it by claiming to be ‘bored’.
Raised by Wolves also boasts the inclusion, at the head of the cast list, of pornographic star Jenna Haze, who in reality, features in little more than a cameo at the beginning.
The action takes place amid the blazing sunlight of an abandoned plantation in a remote desert, where many years earlier a cult of similarly disaffected youths went on a violent killing spree. Of course, their ‘spirit’ still remains. What we get, therefore, is more of the same.
The results are occasionally spooky and highly enjoyable. As viewers, we are free from being annoyed by these brats simply because they are deliberately played AS brats. That way, when horrible things happen to them – and they do – we don’t feel uneasy about enjoying it. Great fun.