Release Date: March 20th, 2015.
Written by: Adam MacDonald.
Directed by: Adam MacDonald.
Starring: Missy Peregrym, Jeff Roop, Eric Balfour, and Nicholas Campbell.
Last year it was Bigfoot (Willow Creek, Exists), and this year it's killer bears (Red Machine.) No matter which killer beast is terrorizing the fictional forests of the film world though, it's safe to say that the point is "Stay out of the damned woods!"
Unless of course, you want to die. Then by all means, explore the woods.
|THIS IS NOT HER IDEA OF A FUN VACATION.|
|OF COURSE THEY'RE NOT LOST, THE SHITTY MAP IN HIS HEAD SAYS SO.|
|ALWAYS BET ON IRISH.|
|WHAT A WASTE OF A GOOD ROAD FLARE.|
The whole thing is an exercise in permeating dread and mounting tension, and it's really what we don't see (but know is coming) that had our nerves all in a bundle. Writer/director Adam MacDonald crafted himself a solid genre effort here, and we're excited to see what he does next.
Aside from the blurry bits (see below), we also really love how this movie was shot. In addition to a gorgeous location that made for some compelling visuals, there were several times when Missy Peregrym's character was so far off to the side of the shot, that we were just sure that the bear was going to appear behind her, and it made things all the more intense for us.
As far as the cast goes, Missy Peregrym made for a believable heroine, and more importantly, her character was really likable. Then again, she's pretty likable in general. And as briefly as he was onscreen, Eric Balfour was equally as likable, if far more menacing. It kinda sucks that his character amounted to tittle more than a red herring of sorts though, but what can you do?
We also really liked how the movie concluded. It didn't "finish" the way that you'd think a movie like this would, and it was nice to be wrong about what we thought was going to happen next for a change.
|DON'T STARE AT IT, RUN!|
|AT TIMES, IT WAS QUITE UNBEARABLE. ZING!|
- "I Don't need a map, I know this park well." Lies.
- "I'll just leave the cellphone in the car. I don't want my girlfriend on Twitter all weekend."
- "I'd better ridicule my girlfriend for bringing bear spray and a road flare with her, because how stupid is she to think that we'll need those!"
- "I hurt my foot so bad that my toenail is coming off, but let's keep hiking."
- "That's a big bear print, I'd better not tell my girlfriend about it or else we won't be able to trek deeper into the dangerous woods."
- "What are those odd noises in the night? Just acorns. Relax!"
- "Something broke a tree in our campsite last night? I told you, it was acorns!"
- "That animal carcass was clearly eviscerated. Probably raccoons."
- "No we're not lost!" Lies.
- "I remember the lay of the land from when I was here once back in High School!" Idiot.
This is exactly the kind of asshole that doesn't ever need to go camping. It was obvious from the get-go that his girlfriend was less than thrilled to be camping to begin with, and as things got worse and worse for them, and she became more visibly upset about their situation, it really pissed us off that he was too stupid, stubborn, and selfish to say "Hey baby, let's just go."
|YEAH, US TOO.|
|VEGAS. VEGAS IS WHERE YOU TAKE A GIRL LIKE THAT.|
Backcountry is worth every penny of the $6.99 rental cost.
Backcountry is available now on VOD.
Backcountry with Missy Peregrym any day. (We just know that she'd keep us safe from bears with her love.)