Director – David Heacock (Hyde, Babageddon)
Starring – Thomas Kassian (Hot Box, The Hive), Ryley Shandro, and Neil Chase (Christmas with a Crown, Silence of the Clause)
Release Date – 2021
Rating – 3.5/5
A few days ago I went around to various horror groups and made a post asking filmmakers, producers, actors/actresses, and so forth for news on their upcoming projects. I received a lot of positivity from the posts and met a lot of great people in the indie community after making them.
One of those people that I met was Neil Chase who told me about the film Boneyard Racers. After I saw the poster for this short I had to see it and he was kind enough to send a link my way. Thanks so much Neil!
**Spoiler Alert** The film follows a young couple leaving a party on Halloween when they come across a late night drag race. A group of ghoulish characters are listening to music and enjoying themselves when a demon named Johnny (Chase) notices their Corvette. He then challenges the young man to a race with the pink slips on the line. **Spoiler Alert**
I was told this wasn’t a horror film in a traditional sense but it looked close enough for me to check it out. As I stated earlier, I absolutely love the poster for this short and I couldn’t wait to dig into it. It didn’t let me down and I really enjoyed it. Oddly enough, my biggest complaint about this one is that it is a short. I really want this to be a feature.
The acting in this one is great. The entire cast, though small, does a fantastic job. Everyone works so well with each other but my favorite character, and I’m not sucking up, was played by Chase himself. The baby-horned demon Johnny brought just enough demonic fun to the film to hook me. I really need to see this character return in more late night mayhem.
The story for this one is simple enough. It’s Halloween night and all the things that go bump in the night gather together for a bit of fun. It’s Are You Afraid of the Dark? meets rockabilly and I love every bit of it. The short running times does work against it. The way the story is written we have so many amazing possibilities to explore and one short just doesn’t do it justice.
Finally, this is not a blood and gory horror flick for you sick fucks out there. We do have some fun make-up effects but that’s the extent of that. Overall, Boneyard Racers is a fun tale of ghoulish racing and supernatural twists. I really enjoyed what Heacock gives us but I really hope that this gets expanded upon. Check it out.