“The Ranger” is a damn fine 1980s throwback slasher that does every facet of the genre just a little better than you might expect. That’s not necessarily enough to earn a recommendation – enough movies are made about folks getting cut up with an axe every year that even with a 95% failure rate, that’s a fair amount of “pretty decent” – but Jenn Wexler hits the sweet spot here, making a movie that’s got something on its mind aside from the genre itself but still manages to be bloody and entertaining before everything else.

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