Movie Review: 3 Day Weekend (2020)

October 17, 2020

Written by DanXIII

Daniel XIII; the result of an arcane ritual involving a King Diamond album, a box of Count Chocula, and a copy of Swank magazine, is a screenwriter, director, producer, actor, artist, and reviewer of fright flicks…Who hates ya baby?

Ben (Morgan Krantz) gets the shit-hot idea to go camping for a three day weekend after calling it quits with his main squeeze.

Well that idea goes tits-up with the quickness, as upon his arrival to that fateful forest, our boy Benny discovers a hearing impaired woman named Shan (Maya Stojan) locked in the trunk of a car… and the dude responsible doesn’t take kindly to intrusions on his kidnapping biz.

Now it’s up to our hero to solve the mystery (which ends up involving buried treasure hidden in a duo of safes, and a strange map utilized to locate them) armed as he is with the victim’s cellphone… and believe you me that lil’ bit of the ol’ sleuthin’ ends up having more twists n’ turns than a sinister sidewinder!

Written and directed by Wyatt McDill, 3 Day Weekend is nothing if not a flat-out modern crime masterpiece. Featuring a limited cast, a handful of locations (mostly exteriors), and a twisting narrative that presents the story from the various perspectives of it’s main characters while utilizing the absolute bare-bones minimum amount of dialog possible (text messages fill in the narrative in lieu of spoken dialog); this flick absolutely grabs ya by the balls (or your lady part equivalent) and refuses to let go for seventy-nine minutes of nail-biting suspense and mystery-centric puzzle solvin’ par excellence.

Adding to all that, is an amazing cast with standouts being Stojan, who presents a character that is layered, tough, intelligent, and infinitely sympathetic… without uttering a single line of dialog in the entire film, and her opposite number; Scott MacDonald’s Sledge; a dangerously psychopathic mister mother-fucker of a man that looks like he came to us straight from the pages of Frank Miller’s Sin City by way of the local trailer park. A dichotomous duo of riveting performances you simply can’t take your eyes off from!

Bottom line; 3 Day Weekend is easily one of the year’s best fright flicks in my not so humble opinion; it’s an effectively brain-bending, pulse-pounding, joltin’ journey into a world of crime that will leave you breathless by times those credits roll!



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