Sam, a guilt-ridden blacksmith, gets a telegram from the woman he left behind, asking for help. He returns to his hometown to find the "afflicted" roaming the streets, and discovers that letting go of the past is even more difficult than battling supernatural hordes.
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A blur of western and horror that had me on edge.
Phantom Canyon is honestly one finest horror masterpieces I've had the pleasure of experiencing. The story flows perfectly into the format of an audio drama, allowing your imagination to create the perfect mixture of fascination and apprehension. Geoffrey Thorne, Jeffrey Bridges and Susan Bridges come together to weave a story of love, loss, danger and suspense, that has never been seen in Horror or Western before.
After the local mine collapses, Blacksmith Sam (Pete Milan) returns home to Crooked Creek, Colorado at the behest of his childhood sweetheart, Rebecca (Darian Lindle). The town has become overrun with an affliction, turning warm, friendly folk into cruel, cold monsters. With Rebecca's blind daughter Clara (Barbra Dillon) and Sam's fool apprentice Edwin (Phil Dawson) in tow, they set out to find a way out of the Phantom Canyon.
The actors truly bring their best to the words, sounding as if they've stepped out of 19th century Colorado. For not recording in the same space, they have an amazing chemistry between them; Lindle and Dillon even sound like an actual mother and daughter. As their characters go through the gauntlet of emotions, they rise to the challenge.
Clara, played by Barbara Dillon, is someone who could have easily been a weak, pathetic character. Instead she's capable, intuitive and while she occasionally feels afraid, she still acts in spite of that fear.
The actors, sound effects, and music all work together to evoke emotions from you as you listen to it. Several times I found myself actually caring about the character, and worrying about what they were experiencing.
I wound up listening to it in one sitting, I honestly wanted to find out what happened next.
My favorite line: "God's cold hand done touched them all."
- Kyle B. Cashulin