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Iconic Franchise Actor Returns in Must-Watch, 50-Minute ‘Friday’ Fan Film ‘Never Hike Alone’

Iconic Franchise Actor Returns in Must-Watch, 50-Minute ‘Friday’ Fan Film ‘Never Hike Alone’

Hungry for a new Friday the 13th film? We think you’re gonna love this one.

In celebration of Friday the 13th yesterday, Womp Stomp Films and director Vincente DiSanti released the nearly feature length Never Hike Alone, a fan-funded fan film that we told you about earlier this year. We’ve been looking forward to this one for several months now, and we’re happy to report that it damn sure does not disappoint.

Suspenseful, scary and incredibly well made, Never Hike Alone is bar none one of the best fan films we’ve ever seen. It’s also the best thing to happen to Friday fans since Friday the 13th: The Game, effectively scratching the itch we’ve been feeling from Paramount’s 8-year inability to get another official movie off the ground.

The short follows Kyle McLeod (Andrew Leighty), an avid backcountry hiker who, while on a solo backpacking trip, discovers the long lost remains of, you guessed it, Camp Crystal Lake. Ignoring the campfire ghost stories from his childhood, Kyle’s curious nature draws him in to see what is left of the camp since it was closed after the infamous Friday the 13th murders that took place in 1980.

Of course, there’s someone else out there in the woods…

“Stranded alone in the middle of the wilderness, with a legendary mass murderer on his heels, Kyle’s survival skills will be put to the test like never before. Will he make it out of the woods alive or become another victim of the cursed camp?”

Check out Never Hike Alone, which has a final act that’ll make you smile wide!



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COMMENTS

62 Comments
  • Bob Marshall

    Nice review, deserves the high praise it’s a fantastic film.

  • Rofair

    Just watched it this morning. I had already had a feeling I’d like it, but I didn’t know that I would end up loving it. The main actor did a great job carrying the film and I was lucky enough to watch without the cameo spoiler which was such a neat addition. Very good film overall.

  • Selina x

    This was fantastic and it was pure joy seeing Thom again. Well done to all involved as this this was so entertaining and for a fan film it was one of the best I have seen. Brilliant.

    • Saturn

      Ummm – spoiler alert. Be polite.

      • Selina x

        You are right. My sincere apologies x

        • Saturn

          Apology accepted – you are forgiven.
          I’ll try and cancel the contract…….

          😉

          • Selina x

            Aww thanx x

    • Weresmurf

      C’mon don’t spoil for everyone 🙁

  • Munchie Strikes Back

    ***SPOILER SORT OF LOL***

    Would have been funny at the end to have him roll out of the ambulance on the cot right up to Jason.

    • Saturn

      ****EVEN MORE SPOILERS SO AVOID IF YOU AIN’T SEEN IT YET – AND IF YOU AIN’T? CHECK IT OUT, IT’S PRETTY DAMN GOOD****

      With that certain character who showed up at the end (and perhaps it’s time to officially bring him/her back…..) it would have been PERFECT if they’d managed to get a ******AND AGAIN – SPOILERS!!!*****

      Send More Paramedics…….

    • MODOK

      Disqus has a spoiler tag. It’s your text

      Minus the spaces inside the brackets. For example:

      I thought this was pretty fun up until the part in the ambulance, which was just too silly, poorly acted and implausible. I know it’s a movie and I should suspend disbelief, but the entire point of an ambulance is to get someone to the hospital, not to just sit there while they talk to the patient, try to patch him up, etc. And who even called the ambulance?. I give it a B, which would’ve been higher if not for that part.

      • Saturn

        Cheers MODOK.

        For those who use the SPOILER for future posts, remember that there are no spaces between the the same applies for closing the spoiler – no spaces between the .

      • Weresmurf

        B is perfectly fine for a Friday the 13th movie, they honestly never attempt to aim any higher than to give solid B grade entertainment. They *owned* that category in the 80s. I’m not worried about the acting, F13 always had Porn level acting anyhow lol

  • boxcar182

    Nice production value. Well done!

  • Christian

    Really impressive fan film.

  • Lushen72

    That was awesome!

  • I’m definitely going to check this out!!

  • Lard

    Holy shit! This needs to be spread around- like fast. They deserve it, no joke. I loved it.

  • Absolutely fantastic stuff. Hopefully this will get the attention of those who own the franchise

  • Khy

    Jeez this is what the series needs. I hope Friday gets out of studio hell and go back to this kind of movie right here!
    Amazing!

  • cat

    This was awesome, I hope it gets around

  • Nicolas Caiveau

    This is the proof that the studios are incompetent. This unofficial sequel is brilliant ! It’s not that hard to make a good Jason movie !

  • Allan

    Just finished watching this! Great fan film!

  • Maelwolf

    Wow, wasn’t expecting much but this was great!

  • JJ

    That was AMAZING!!!!

  • Evan Kiesler

    WOW & Hollywood can’t do anything like this ? seriously ? so well done

    • Tan Shearer

      They’re too busy making Anti-Trump propaganda and cast couching young women and children.

  • EvilHead1981

    Funny that this was not only intense, but the fuckin atmosphere and creeping suspense during some scenes, damn. I know a lot of Ft13 fans tend to say “Nah, man, it’s all about pointless gore, pointless sex, drugs and partying”, but goddamit, giving you some of that creeping tension (and music that fittingly creeps along) and suspenseful moments actually does fuckin’ WONDERS.

    I’d actually love more horror movies to go this route with acknowledging the previous canon as being the “new urban legends”. For the original movies, their “urban legend” was the events the 50s with Jason drowning and the counselors being murdered, but for a modern take (in the same universe), I’d love it’s “tale of lore” to be the events of the Jason murders in the 80s. IMO, if they ever do a new NOES (and take a similar route by setting it in the same universe, just years later), I’d love to see that done as well. They won’t tell stories of the “child murderer killed by vigilante parents”, but tell the tales of the “The man with the knife fingers that killed the teens of Elm Street in their dreams…”. It’s an interesting way to keep the fire burning while passing the torch.

  • MaxNerdcore

    Although it’s appreciated that you didn’t give away the actor name in the article, you totally dropped the ball and spoiled it with the “Related Topics” tag.

  • Geoff Peterson

    That was fucking stellar.

    All these people in the comments are not overreacting.

    These guys made a legitimately fresh Friday film. Wow.

  • Mike Gionfriddo

    Anyone else think Kyle looks like a bargain bin Charlie Hunnam?

  • Ocelot006 .

    Wow. Money was spent. Look at those names in the credits. One, two, three…forty-eight.

  • Mamet006

    Wow. Money was spent. Look at all those names. One, two, three…..forty-eight.

  • MeeGhoulz

    Now, if enough people watch it and give a thumbs up, studios may consider giving it a chance to make a proper theatrical version with more emphasis on the survival skills needed to escape Jason! Feels a little like the original Predator, which is great on my book! Remember to leave a positive comment and recommending it to a friend on the YouTube page.

    • Saturn

      I agree about the survivalism aspect – I’ve wanted a Jason vs Preppers movie for quite some time now.
      It would be pretty cool if a bunch of Preppers decided to go out into the woods to hone their survival skills, and then found they needed to actually rely on them for real.

      • MeeGhoulz

        And find out they can’t take him out, but only try and get away alive,,, which doesn’t stop them from trying at first, with disastrous results! Bring me popcorn! Lots of it!

        • Saturn

          For many years now there have been Jason fans who have been praying for a winter set movie, with copious amounts of snow.
          THAT would be the perfect setting for the survivalists.
          Out prepping for a SHTF world, learning how to survive WROL.

          It would be a perfect reason for them not to have a cellphone signal – they were taken off of them at the beginning – because in a real life end of days scenario? No phones.

          • MeeGhoulz

            And Jason would be easier to spot, which would give them a fair chance… if well written, could be good.

          • Saturn

            I’d personally have the final girl (because, well, you know….) be the teenage daughter who really doesn’t want to be out there – she’d rather be spending the holidays with her mum, but due to her mothers illness she’s had to come out with her estranged father who she always thought was a little tooooo paranoid – he’s been trying to teach her survival skills for a long time, but just doesn’t seem to be getting it through to his daughter the importance of being prepared. Their relationship is a little strange since daddy ran off with his new younger model – who is also there, trying to be friends….
            Fortunately, over the years, she HAS learned a thing or two….

          • MeeGhoulz

            As long as she barely survives (hate when final girls end up unscathed), and she’s put on a position where she have to sacrifice someone in order to escape Jason I’ll kickstart it! C’mon, start writing! I like what you put together so far! By the way, am I the only one who loves the Descent true ending?

          • Saturn

            I agree with you about the final girl usually surviving unscathed.
            It would be more interesting to me if said final girl actually lost a limb from the attack, most likely an arm, or perhaps even just a hand – which could then be used in the sequel(s) as she’s conflicted by her sense of survivors guilt, and her bitterness in regards to her new disabled life.
            After a couple of years of group therapy, with other survivors of mass murder, she is finally convinced it would be healthy for her to return to Camp Crystal Lake to finally exorcise her demons – thus she, alongside the others in her group, settle in for a week of rehabilitation – but then the murders begin.
            It’s Friday The 13th.
            Jason has returned. Hasn’t he?

  • Adam Paquette

    Only problem I had was that Jason was too skinny. Plus, where were the red triangles on his cheeks and forehead?

    • Saturn

      Like in several of the movies he’d found a new mask.
      Jason being too skinny wasn’t too much of an issue for me, as it really was Kane who bulked up the role, my main gripe with Jason was that he seemed to move a little too quickly at times (and yeah, I know he ran in the earlier movies).
      That gripe aside though, it was decent enough.

    • MeeGhoulz

      The triangles are painted on the mask, 30 years later they would probably wear off.

    • Adam Clifton

      They don’t have KFC in the woods so Jason has to make do by eating rabbits or the occasional wolf. Doesn’t really make him bulk

  • The Night King

    Anyone criticizing the little details of this film really need to grab a camera and do it themselves. Most fan made movies are almost unwatchable, this was very well made and probably out of the pocket of the filmmakers. An even two million dollar budget could have expanded it and brought it to major release quality. Either way don’t bitch when someone gives you a gift without even being asked.

    • DrCakewalk

      Oh good, I was hoping there would be someone here to tell everyone the proper way to be a fan!

  • G.A. McGillivray

    Excellent! The lead actor – totally reminded me of Chris Hemsworth. For me, he just had that likability. The attention to detail in the camp was stellar. All the murder sites from the first F13 movie – almost 40 years later…. well done! Loved how they played with sound regarding Jason’s boots. Usually you hear him – like a normal person – but a few times when it’s crucial to hear him – there is no sound at all like in the movies – giving him that almost supernatural element and freaks you out.

    The final kill in the movie – is probably one of the best of that type I’ve ever seen. it was so well done. Overall – fabulous. Lots of ridiculous ‘critiques’ from obviously professional filmmakers and F13 aficionados in the comments, but I’m guessing that the filmmakers would be prepared for that, as it’s hard to please everyone with such a long standing iconic series.

    Still, the best non studio made F13 film made ever. If anyone thinks they can do better, then just fire up a kickstarter and do it. You know we’ll all be there to back you with funds if you’re really that good.

  • BreeBennett

    This is amazing, so well produced! The atmosphere and suspense were also great! And Jason scared the shit out of me!! This is what Friday the 13th needs.

  • Adam Clifton

    This is the way to make Jason scary again. And minimal found-footage as well, it doesn’t have to be like Blair Witch Project as this has proven. Hopefully the Powers That Be see this fanfilm and get inspired to finally do that Friday the 13th installment

  • Edgar Pinecone

    Really great little film. I felt more suspense during this one than I have for pretty much any official F13 flick.

  • kieron callaghan

    This really was absolutely incredible and if they do ever bring the franchise back then everyone involved with this should be first in line to write, direct, edit, art direction, DOP…. Oh just everything. I have to say i totally agree with The Night King’s comment in relation to criticizing this wonderful production.

  • Travis

    This right here is exactly what they need to do to revive this series! Go back to the beginning, really invest in the massacre and death of Pamela Voorhees. The first F13 is without a doubt the creepiest in the series. I’m not saying remake the original, but really focus in on what happened in the first and build off of that and make Jason and his entire legacy and existence frightening again. Make it suspenseful, dark, gritty. I’ve never thought that Jason was scary, but in that ambulance van, when the red lights were flashing across his mask, was terrifying. They need to focus on mood…not just throw out another movie for a cash grab. This series deserves justice and the makers of this understand that fully! This was amazing!

  • 8-bit Jason

    I really liked it but even though I’m aware it’s a fan film, Jason’s walking sound sounded a little too much like Robocop for my liking.

  • Alex

    Man, sometimes I really hate being cynical and jaded. Jason vs. Hipster Hiker? I was thoroughly bored and once it begins feeling like a F13th, it reminded me what I don’t enjoy about them – shit characters and even worse dialogue. If opinions were a little more centered I’d probably rant on a bit more, but the overwhelming raves seem to indicate I am CLEARLY missing something.

    I would’ve loved the surprise appearance had it not been so weirdly structured. Ah well, the lead guy was super cute and a decent actor, so there was that. Glad people enjoyed it!

    • DoopGremlin

      Found the edgelord.

      • Alex

        Cried the douchelord.

        • DoopGremlin

          I’d rather be a douchelord than an edgelord.

          • Alex

            LOL Of course you would.

  • Christopher Alan

    Very impressed. The tension was great and just overall a very satisfying film. Watched it with my son and he was confused to why it wasn’t playing in the theatres lol. Would love for it to pick up steam and get the credit it. Best fan made film I’ve seen and it looked like a legit movie. Hope other horror buffs take the time to check it out

  • Trav

    Just watched it, and I gotta say, that was awesome. The movie did a great job building tension while paying tribute to past movies. The atmosphere is great too. Overall, this was a great fan film, and probably better than the shitty 2017 version was going to give us, judging by the script that was released. My only complaint was that I didn’t like the whole island in the middle of the lake thing, as I found that to be stupid. The new one that was supposed to come out in theaters this year was going to do the same thing to explain how Jason survived, and that would have been so stupid. I like how Jason is still a zombie in this one too.

  • Selina x

    Ah yes…Oopsies! Apologies guys for spoiler but the excitement had me spoiler vomit all over. It shall not happen again. I can be such a bad girl at times x

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