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Ditched – Toronto After Dark 2021

Ditched – Toronto After Dark 2021

Synopsis:
After a routine prison transfer crashes in the forest, young Inuit paramedic Melina finds herself surrounded by murderers with a mere 100 feet to climb out of a ditch to escape. When they are attacked by an unseen force in the forest, Melina’s short journey to safety becomes the ultimate contest of wills.

A group consisting of paramedics, police officers, and criminals are targeted in the woods following an ambulance crash in . Melina () is a paramedic, who comes to following an ambulance with a cloudy memory about what happened. The only other person conscious is Franson (), who is tied to a gurney and quickly reveals himself to be a dangerous criminal. However, Melina is soon joined by Officer Revesz (J. Lindsay Robinson) and fellow paramedics Jake (Declan O'Reilly) and Aiden (), with another criminal named Sideburns () locked up in the police cruiser. However, the group soon learns that they are not alone, as they are targeting by a hunting party, lead by Caine (), who have individual reasons for killing everyone off.

Ditched is a horror film by writer/director Christopher Donaldson about a group stranded in the woods, who are targeted by a group of camouflaged vigilantes. Over the course of the film, we learn that each of these killers has a personal vendetta against either the criminals, police, or paramedics. However, protagonist Melina believes that this group is mistaken and all she wants is to get back home to her daughter.

In probably one of the greatest examples of style-over-substance gone awry, Ditched has a very ugly-looking combination of coloured lighting, dark smoke-filled woods, and lens flares galore. The plot itself isn't particularly that pleasant, with bad acting and over-the-top extreme gore just for the sake of it. I don't know what the ultimate message of Ditched is trying to say, but it's one nasty piece of work that I was not at all a fan of.

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Sean Patrick Kelly
Sean Patrick Kelly
Sean Patrick Kelly is a freelance film critic and blogger based in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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