OMG!!! What a ridiculous film... after all this hype about what a great film this was supposed to be??? Seriously, how could any objective horror critic or horror fan give this miserable attempt at a horror film five stars??? Poor to bad acting, 100% derivative screenplay, worn out stereo types, unbelievable characters, moderately attractive females for the most part, and utterly ridiculous hicks. Now, Erin is a pretty hot blond, unfortunately, they stereo typed her as a complete moron who never understands anything that is being said by anybody; again, a worn out stereo type that is completely over done to the point of being unbelievable.
The scenes of violence are pretty lame in that they never really show you anything that is actually happening to the victims; they just show the stitcher dude swinging a weapon in the air, then a victim with fake blood where their injuries are supposed to be, so while the overall production quality is pretty good, it is also lacking any creative cinematography in terms of action scenes. The editor has tried to compensate with slow motion and various special effects, but they never really succeed in getting anybody's blood flowing.
OK... The deputy sheriff was a pretty good actor... but this film leaves you with the distinct impression that it was made buy a group of people who've never once ventured outside of the city limits of a large city and have some pretty paranoid and ridiculously unrealistic ideas about people living in small towns. The "country hicks" were completely over acted with extremely feeble efforts by the "actors" to sound like hillbillies. Newsflash: people who live outside the city limits do not shred their clothes with a razor blade and smear axle grease all over themselves. They also don't paint some of their teeth black to make themselves look snaggle-toothed or wear cheep plastic buck teeth. They got so carried away with the hick stereo type that they have all of the residents of the small town acting, literally, as if they were severely retarded... and covered with axle grease...
The concept, of a person who stitches buttons to their skin has a lot of potential, but this film never really manages to make this character believable. The sets didn't really make sense either; way too upscale for the basic concept that the film appears to be trying to get across. For example, how did these severely retarded hicks manage to build an upscale marina at the local lake? Clearly promoted as a terrifying horror film, and not as a comedy, the spin now seems to be that the bad acting was supposed to be funny, but look at the product description; "Inspired by true events... ...terror that is beyond their imagination," etc. The only possible explanations I can come up with for the five star reviews is that these reviewers are either associated with the film, or they're giving it an extra four stars because the producer and director were females. Sorry, but this film only proves that women are just as capable of making a miserably bad horror films as their male counterparts. This film looks like something that a group of junior high students might come up with for their drama class. Don't waste your money on this pathetic attempt at making a horror film!