Releases March 20th, 2015
1 hr 32 mins
Director: Adam MacDonald
Writer: Adam MacDonald
Missy Peregrym as Jenn
Eric Balfour as Brad
Nicholas Campbell as Ranger
Melanie Mullen as Lola
Jeff Roop as Alex
Ashley Nay as Ice cream attendant
Review by Stephen M.
Backcountry based on a true story reaffirms my belief that camping and hiking is always a bad idea. Written and Directed by Adam MacDonald, the first time filmmaker brings us a chilling tale of horror when you are lost, isolated from the urban and digital world, hunted by one of God's great (and vicious) creatures. The best horror stories are always the ones that are believable in that it can happen to any person (that goes camping).
What I like about the film are the setups by the Director in setting up and building the tensions in the film. The atmosphere which you can cut with a knife especially when the couple Jenn (Missy Peregrym) and Alex (Jeff Roop) who's gone hiking meets a stranger early on in their trip. Little things such as leaving his axe in the tree and returning to the camp without it is what makes for great suspense. I particularly enjoyed Missy Peregrym's performance as well as the stranger, Brad played by Eric Balfour.
The story's few faults include dragging of the feet a bit in the early beginning. As well, the movie was much bloodier than I was expecting especially with dead carcasses. As far as the acting, while I enjoyed Missy Peregrym and Eric Balfour, the rest of the cast including Jeff Roop's performance was simply not memorable. A bit predictable at times, a bit confusing other times. For example, why Jenn is using her flares when she did.
Overall, I would recommend the film unless you have a weak stomach. The gore, the mauling, the bone breaking is not for the weak of heart. That big black bear isn't Winnie the Pooh and he's not in the park to make friends. Adam MacDonald's first full feature film is a good one that will make you think twice about camping again.