Indie Gems: Backcountry
Reason #651324 why I hate camping.
Alex (Jeff Roop) loves the outdoors. He takes his lawyer girlfriend, Jenn (Missy Peregrym) out on a hiking trip in the backcountry of Canada. He wants to bring her to this beautiful lake he remembers fondly from his teenage years. On their first night, they meet a lone camper, Brad (Eric Balfour) who is pretty creepy and rattles Alex enough that he leads Jenn off the main trail to avoid him again. Only they've now wandered into the territory of a very predatory black bear.
I first heard of this film over on Rhino's blog and immediately threw it in my Netflix DVD queue. I love horror movies, and I'm always on the look out for small indie ones.
The build in this movie is intense. Alex sees bear tracks early on, so we're left on the edge of our seats for not only the bear, but we wonder if the creepy hiker comes back into play as well. Jenn and Alex are a believable couple and even though the film has to use a few annoying tropes ("No, I don't need a map!" "No cell phones!") watching them never stops being tense.
There isn't nonstop gore, but the stuff that is there is brutal. You have to give a small film like this props for what they did with the bear. They don't have the comforts of a huge budget like The Revenant did. They had to rely on quick camera movements.
Memorable Quote: "This is the last one, I promise." - Jenn (Missy Peregrym)