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Bachelor Games

by Ken Tasho
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Friday Jul 8, 2016
Bachelor Games

A group of friends go away for a celebratory trip, ripe with debauchery and good times. So what could possibly go wrong?

That's the scenario in the new VOD film "Bachelor Games," a feature whose genre is hard to describe. It's being billed as a horror/thriller, yet has so many elements found in comedies and dramas that it becomes difficult to whittle down the tone of the movie.

In the first 40 minutes, "Bachelor Games" appears to be part of "The Hangover" franchise. Henry (Jack Gordon) gathers a bunch of his tomfoolery friends and heads to the Argentinean mountains. Henry's about to get hitched and instead of the typical bachelor party, the wide-eyed young man would rather go away to a secluded locale. This, naturally, makes the pack of attractive U.K. young males to become horror movie fodder.

The horror in "Bachelor Games" comes in the form of The Hunter, an unseen serial killer (or urban legend), one who supposedly stalks unsuspecting campers in the mountains. When one of Henry's friends goes missing and later shows up as a bloody corpse, the partying group plays a game of cat-and-mouse. Filmmakers do a clever job and the appearance of The Hunter stays unseen until the film's final scenes.

Instead of a usual "Dead Teenager Movie" (a phrase credited to the late Roger Ebert), "Bachelor Games" becomes a thoughtful drama and thriller where friends hold long-time secrets and use them against each other.

"Bachelor Games" is one of those slow-burning films, one without gallons of blood and copious violence. It may not win accolades from strict horror fans but it plays with the overused terror tropes found in similar movies. That itself makes "Bachelor Games" a winner.

Ken Tasho is a Corporate Drone by day and Edge Contributor by night. He has a love for all things ’80’s and resides in the Wayland Square area of Providence, RI...but would much rather be sharing an apartment in NYC with ’80’s rock goddesses Pat Benatar and Deborah Harry.

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