Written & Directed by T. Michael Conway
Five teenage Junior Jackasses spend their summer vacation playing "pranks" on innocent people around their small Ohio town. Looking to defeat the boredom of being young, dumb, and full of that indefinable quality that guidance counselors refer to as "potential", they also decide to visit a number of strange locales detailed on the Haunted Ohio website--a haunted school bus, an old church, and a lake among them.
After a series of encounters with locals, and a few "eerie" happenings, the kids decide they have had enough of their videotaped explorations. But a missing purse draws them back out for one more adventure. Probably one last adventure.
The main problem here is that although we're told that these places they are visiting are the locations of various urban legends, we're never actually privvy to just what those urban legends are. Okay, this school bus is supposed to be haunted--but haunted by who, and why? We're given the impression that these legends are all tied together in some way, due to their proximity within a single town nicknamed Hell Town. But, again, it's never explained how they tie together. There is not even an attempted explaination for any of the strange occurences caught on tape, either. One of the characters suffers an inexplicable head wound, another develops sudden nosebleeds and nausea. But once again, we're left asking the question, Why?
Had any of this been wrapped up at the finale, the ambiguity throughout the film would have been acceptable. But don't hold your breath. The ending is brutal and violent, but equally unexplained.
Remember the first time you watched Lost, and you had no idea what was going on, but you knew you were going to come back to find out? Well June 9 is a lot like that. Except that even if there was more footage, you would have no desire to tune back in.
What a waste.