A sextet of college students - Jared (Brian C. Chenworth), Shelley (Amy
LoCicero), Drew (Flavio Milicchio), Casey (Shanna Mclaughlin), Gisele (Elaine
Hoxie) and Cam (Jordan Wall) - are on their way to a barn party to end all
parties somewhere deep in the woods. But when designated driver Drew
insists to take a shortcut despite the fact that he hardly knows the area,
they of course get lost, of course the car breaks down, of course they
have no cellphone reception, and of course they split up with Gisele
(miffed) and Cam (horny) remain with the car, the others try their luck on
foot ... and get lost even more, and deep in the woods. But they pass a
few Satanic symbols, a few mutilated animals, and of course a corpse ...
and they come to the conclusion that they are not alone in the woods, and
whatever it is that's there with them is totally malevolent.
Back at the
car, Cam has persuaded Gisele to have sex ... until they are interrupted
Passing through the woods, the others find a necklace
that definitely belonged to Gisele and figures she might have been killed
- and then they find actual proof they're not alone, and what's after them
seems to be some demons hell-bent on human sacrifice. And after Shelley is
snatched right out of our heroes' middle and ends up tied up to a log with
weird rituals performed on her, it's every man and woman for themselves -
the only question is, how far can they get in the dark in a forest they're
absolutely not familiar with.
Now one has to be honest here, The
Summoning isn't exactly treading new ground storywise, and the
characters are at times so obnoxious you wish them dead ... but what the
film's perfect at is creating a maximum of tension out of rather sparing
sets, it's very well-paced with a focus on action, and it's peppered with
a few very nasty killings.
No classic, sure enough, but slasher fans
will probably love it nevertheless!