Movie Review: 'Get Gone'
Lin Shaye continues struggle of post 'Insidious' career.
Get Gone features modern horror icon Lin Shaye as the matriarch of a family of murderers. Mama, as Shaye's character is called, once found herself visiting the woods and deciding to stay after meeting a Fish and Game Ranger named Don Maxwell (Robert Miano). It's vaguely implied that Mama was kidnapped but the movie doesn't linger on this point.
The Maxwell family have developed a frightening reputation for not welcoming outsiders. Rumors persist that the sons of the Maxwell family, Patton (Weston Cage Coppola) and Apple (Bailey Coppola), have killed people who have gotten to close to their backwoods home. The rumors are unproven, but they have caught the attention of a group of YouTubers who happen to be headed to the woods.
The YouTubers work for a channel that debunks urban legends and while they aren't going to the woods with the intent of debunking the Maxwell's, they are aware of the legend and would not pass up the chance to get some footage of the family for their channel. The YouTubers are headed up by Grant (Bradley Stryker) and Connie (Caitlyn Stryker) who have booked their group for a team-building exercise in the woods.
Meanwhile, a group of land developers have bought the woods where the Maxwell's make their home. The developers want Ranger Ric0 (Rico E Anderson) to evict the Maxwell's from their home and if he won't do it, they will do it by force. Ranger Rico is an exposition machine, he relates that the Maxwell's have suffered having seen their water supply contaminated by fracking which may have poisoned the sons.
The YouTubers and the developers are little more than cannon fodder for the killers of Get Gone. Written and directed by Michael Thomas Daniel, Get Gone is not reinventing the genre of backwoods horror. In fact, Daniel appears to have adhered to every backwoods horror trope available in Get Gone, crafting a highly derivative bit of horror nonsense.
The most notable aspect of Get Gone is the involvement of Coppola cousins, Weston Coppola Cage and Bailey Coppola. I have attempted to parse their place in the lineage and, honestly, I have put more work into trying to understand their relationship to Nicolas Cage and Sophia Coppola than I have into trying to parse the dimwitted narrative of Get Gone. FYI, I found a family tree and still couldn't place them.
I have been referring to the group of young people as YouTubers but that's only implied. Their backstory is rather baffling overall. We are introduced to them as working on a video debunking a slenderman style video, using movie tricks to show how a scary videos can be made. They are creating this video using cell phones and the Boss character talks about how quickly the video can be uploaded.
The group is headed to the woods and you could not be faulted if you thought they were heading into the woods to work on a video about the Maxwell's, that would make sense after the introduction, but you'd be wrong. After a whole lot of dancing around, it's revealed that the YouTubers are being sent on a corporate team-building exercise. Are those still a thing?
This appears to be an audible that the writer-director called when he realized that all of the characters having cell phones might lead to them being able to call for help and tell the world about the evil, backwoods family and ruining what little tension exists in this unoriginal, unimaginative redneck slasher retread.
Get Gone will be released in a minor theatrical release on January 24th and on January 28th on streaming services. Obviously, I don't recommend spending your hard earned dollars on seeing it. Even with the glorious Lin Shaye in a prominent role, Get Gone is merely just another slasher movie with a backwoods setting.