With the fate of the movie series still up in the air, the likelihood of “Friday the 13th” fans getting a new film within the next three years seems like pipe dreams. The fan community has managed to keep the franchise alive, though, including Vincente DiSanti. After his incredibly popular 2017 fan film “Never Hike Alone,” DiSanti continues his take on the series, this time giving fans what we’ve been asking for, since “The New Blood”: Jason Voorhees slashing his way through the snowy terrain of Crystal Lake.
Set three months prior to the events of “Never Hike Alone” this sequel follows the strange disappearance of Mark Hill, a Crystal Lake local who went for a hike one day in the dead of winter and never came home. As Local Wessex County Sheriff Rick Cologne (Vinny Guastaferro) and Deputy Allen Mabry (Bryan Forrest) search for answers, town local Tommy Jarvis (Thom Mathews) believes that his old nemesis Jason Voorhees (Vincente DiSanti) is to blame. Will Diana Hill (Anna Campbell) ever see her son again, or will her son become another lost victim of the cursed camp?
“Never Hike Alone” is a hard act to follow but “Never Hike in the Snow” is up for the challenge as it offers fans a lot of what we’ve always wanted to see. While the aforementioned film had Jason as a terrifying maniac again, the sequel follows up on a lot of the dangling threads from “Jason Lives.” The once heroic Tommy Jarvis is now considered something of an eccentric man who is obsessed with Jason. And as an added bonus, Vinny Guastaferro returns as Rick (red laser pointer and all), the deputy from part six who is now a bitter sheriff.
With Jason re-emerging to wreak havoc on random hikers, he’s faced with the possibility of fighting the super powered maniac, and chooses rather to ignore the obvious clues. DiSanti has a great time playing Jason who is very much a ghost haunting Crystal Lake and pounces on literally anyone that approaches the grounds. Jason is a vicious predator here and DiSanti injects much needed mystique in the character again. “Never Hike in the Snow” has a lot of ground to cover and at thirty minutes, it ends on a very abrupt note that doesn’t feel like a natural conclusion.
Although there are reports that director DiSanti has at least three more sequels planned, “Never Hike…” ends so sudden that so much is left up in the air, and I wish we could have had more focus on mom Diana Hill. In either case, “Never Hike in the Snow” is a great treat for the holiday season that takes Jason in to new areas of his mythology that movies were too afraid to venture in to. I strongly recommend it, especially if you’re a Voorhees starved fan like yours truly.