20 items from 2015
While Scream Factory has earned the reputation for putting out fan-favorites and long lost genre films, one of the many things that impresses me on a regular basis, is how good the films they acquire or release via their partnership with IFC Midnight are. Films like The Babadook, Extraterrestrial, and now two of the most intense and entertaining films of this year, Backcountry and The Harvest. We thought we’d take a look at both films, and give you the rundown on each one, and whether or not the killer bear antics of Backcountry or the crazed parents of The Harvest make for good additions to your collection.
While the premise of a young couple hunted by a killer bear might seem like something of exploitation or silliness, Backcountry is anything but. The film, which revolves around a young couple played by Rookie Blue & Reaper‘s Missy Peregrym and Jeff Roop, »
- Jerry Smith
Hope everyone has their wallets ready because September 1st is a doozy of a day for home entertainment releases, with over 20 horror and sci-fi titles set to make their debut on Tuesday. For those of you Mad Max: Fury Road fans out there, this is the week you’ve all been waiting for as George Miller’s epic actioner arrives on 3D and 2D Blu-ray as well as on DVD. Scream Factory has a few films they’re releasing this week—Backcountry, The Harvest and Army of Frankensteins—and Anchor Bay Entertainment is keeping busy with a pair of notable releases too—The Curse of Downers Grove (which was penned by Bret Easton Ellis) and Lost After Dark.
- Heather Wixson
Directed by Adam MacDonald
Written by Adam MacDonald
Backcountry is the Candy Crush of the horror movie genre: it’s a well executed, well directed contemporary horror film, that’s enjoyable and re-watchable despite its flaws.
Backcountry (also known as Blackfoot Trail) is the debut feature film from the talented Adam MacDonald, best known for his years of work as a television actor. The film tells the story of a couple who leave the comforts of city life to venture deep into the Canadian hinterlands. However, what they find on their journey challenges both their relationship and their very lives.
Featuring a mostly Canadian cast and crew, writer and director MacDonald crafts a conventional horror film that’s quite good for a directorial debut. Considering that Macdonald shot Backcountry in only a few weeks and on a shoestring budget, it excels technically, is easy to follow, and tells »
- Hugh Gordon
A couple's hike turns hellish when a bear stalks them in Backcountry, making its Blu-ray debut next Tuesday from Scream Factory, and we've been provided with three copies to give away to Daily Dead readers.
Backcountry synopsis: "This tense thriller follows a young couple who go camping in the Canadian wilderness. Alex (Jeff Roop, Jekyll + Hyde) is a seasoned camper, but Jenn (Missy Peregrym, Rookie Blue) is not. When they realize that they have entered bear territory, the terror gets turned up to a whole new level.
Also starring Eric Balfour (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Skyline, Haven) and Nicholas Campbell (The Brood, The Dead Zone), and written and directed by Adam MacDonald, Backcountry is a heart-stopping, full-tilt run through deadly territory.
Prize Details: (3) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray copy of Backcountry. »
- Derek Anderson
Time traveling monsters, a killer bear, and a menacing mom hit Blu-ray next week with Scream Factory's respective Blu-rays of Army of Frankensteins, Backcountry, and The Harvest. Ahead of their September 1st release date, we have clips and trailers from all three films.
Army of Frankensteins: "An unstoppable terror is set loose upon a nation divided… and history will never be the same!
After a failed attempt to propose to his girlfriend, Alan Jones (Jordan Farris) is beaten within an inch of his life by a street gang. Transported to the mysterious lab of Dr. Tanner Finski and his kid genius assistant Igor, Alan becomes the subject in a series of horrible experiments as part of the doctor's plan to reanimate the legendary Frankenstein monster. But all bets are off when these experiments lead to a hole being ripped in space and time, pulling an army's worth of the »
- Derek Anderson
A summer camping trip for a little R&R sounds great right about now, doesn’t it? You may be putting that tent back into storage and second-guessing your next trip to the great outdoors after checking out the brand new thriller Backcountry, in theatres Friday.
The movie stars Missy Peregrym of “Rookie Blue” and Jeff Roop as a young couple who take a break from big city life to go on a backwoods hiking trip. With the distractions of modern technology aside, the duo’s quest for peace in the wilderness suddenly looks like a very bad idea when they find themselves lost in the territory of a blood-thirsty black bear with a creepy stranger on their tail.
The horror from writer-director Adam MacDonald (also from “Rookie Blue”) made its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival last year and is finally making its way into theatres, just as summer is winding down. »
- Rachel West
No matter what you walk away thinking of writer/director Adam MacDonald's feature directorial debut Backcountry, you are sure to have been chilled by his menacing use of sound as a couple find themselves lost in the Canadian wilderness. For the sake of complete transparency, I watched the film in a manner MacDonald would most likely frown upon -- on my computer via a screener link -- but with a pair of headphones cranked up I have to admit the salivary grumble of a hungry bear outside the couple's tent, separated by only a thin layer of nylon, was incredibly unsettling. In fact, sound plays a massive role throughout the film to the point a helicopter is heard but not seen, though you have no doubt it was actually there. Where Backcountry struggles, however, is in its story as it stretches, and stretches, and stretches to meet its 92 minute running time. »
- Brad Brevet
The horror genre is filled with great movies about animals turning against humans — from the creepy (Arachnophobia) to the campy (Anaconda) to the artistic (Razorback) to the gory (Savage Harvest) to the awesome (Deep Blue Sea) — but the number of legitimately terrifying examples can be counted on one two-fingered hand. There’s Steven Spielberg’s Jaws, Lewis Teague’s Cujo and… that’s it right? Seriously, I can’t think of any other genuinely scary movies about animal attacks. That changes with the release of Adam MacDonald‘s Backcountry. Alex (Jeff Roop) and Jenn (Missy Peregrym) are heading into the woods for a weekend getaway that they hope will help bring them closer together. Their relationship has been a bit rocky of late, and while she’s uninterested in the great outdoors he spent his childhood roaming the forest and feels confident she’ll come to appreciate the beauty of the park’s more memorable spots too »
- Rob Hunter
“We’ll be lucky to see anything bigger than a chipmunk,” says a weekend-warrior hiker to his skittish girlfriend early on in “Backcountry” — and, if you listen closely, you can hear a chipmunk tittering knowingly at the grisly jackpot to come. A wilderness (mis)adventure of surprising ingenuity and blunt-force trauma, Canadian actor-turned-director Adam MacDonald’s debut feature takes its sweet time building to a startling climax and denouement that are almost impossible to describe without giving the game away. Suffice it to say that if you’re planning dinner and a movie, dinner should definitely wait until after. A fine calling card for both MacDonald and leading lady Missy Peregrym, this IFC Midnight release should do healthy VOD business from genre buffs seeking a few good, old-fashioned scares.
MacDonald has seen enough horror movies of varying kinds to know what audiences expect, and one of the pleasures of “Backcountry »
- Scott Foundas
Backcountry IFC Midnight Reviewed by: Harvey Karten for Shockya. Databased on Rotten Tomatoes. Grade: B Director: Adam MacDonald Screenwriter: Adam MacDonald Cast: Missy Peregrym, Jeff Roop, Eric Balfour, Nicholas Campbell, bears Chester and Charlie Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 3/17/15 Opens: March 20, 2015 “Uh, oh, John, there’s a bear coming toward us. We’ll never be able to run faster than him.” “I don’t have to run faster than him, Peter. I only have to run faster than you.” Sure, you’ve heard that one before, but I can’t think of a better way to introduce “Backcountry,” which is based on a true story of a pair of campers who get [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
Backcountry IFC Midnight Reviewed by: Tami Smith, Guest Reviewer for Shockya. Grade: B+ Director: Adam MacDonald Screenwriter: Adam MacDonald Cast: Missy Peregrym, Jeff Roop, Eric Balfour, Nicholas Campbell, Bears Chester & Charlie Opens: March 20, 2015 When boyfriend Alex (Jeff Roop) asks girlfriend Jenn (Missy Peregrym) on a hiking trip into the woods she reluctantly accepts. Jenn is a city lawyer and knows very little about the outdoors, but Alex is an experienced hiker and knows the trails, or so he says. Both Alex and Jenn are thirty something, so Alex is planning to “propose” and cement the deal with a diamond ring after arriving at the trail’s peak. We [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
Urbanite anxiety over the big, bad woods is stoked yet again by Backcountry, an ostensibly based-on-real-events tale in which camping vet Alex (Jeff Roop) takes his lawyer girlfriend, Jenn (Missy Peregrym), into the Canadian wilderness, where their every imaginable fear comes true. No sooner have the happy couple begun their hike than they're getting lost, injuring themselves, screaming at each other, and having alarming run-ins with a menacing stranger (Eric Balfour) and a hungry black bear — all problems that are compounded by the fact that (plot contrivance alert!) arrogant Alex refused to bring along a map or workaholic Jenn's cellphone. Writer-director Adam MacDonald's direction creates an ominous sense of rural-nowhere isolation, and his script avoid »
It looks like March is going to be a big month in VOD releases for genre fans, as there are a handful of great titles to keep an eye out for in the coming weeks. Several highly anticipated indie films are getting released, including It Follows, Spring, Faults and Backcountry, and there are also a handful of other fun films making their way onto digital platforms as well.
Here’s a rundown of what’s heading to VOD in March:
The Burning Dead (Uncork’d Entertainment)- 3/3
Written and produced by Jeff Miller and Jason Ancona (co-writers and producers of Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan), The Burning Dead pits a a horde of lava-filled zombies against a sheriff charged with the plight to rescue an estranged family from a volcano eruption. Trejo plays Night Wolf, a Native American warrior who knows way too much about the curse that unearthed the coffin dodgers. »
- Heather Wixson
Backcountry Trailer and Poster. Adam MacDonald‘s Backcountry (2014) movie trailer, movie poster star Missy Peregrym, Eric Balfour, Nicholas Campbell, Melanie Mullen, and Jeff Roop. Backcountry‘s plot synopsis: “An urban couple go camping in the woods and find themselves lost in the territory of a predatory black bear.” The Backcountry movie [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
Based on a true story, Backcountry follows an urban couple who go camping in the Canadian wilderness - where unimaginable beauty sits alongside our most primal fears. Alex (Jeff Roop) is a seasoned outdoorsman while Jenn (Missy Peregrym), a corporate lawyer, is not. After much convincing, and against her better judgment, she agrees to let him take her deep into a Provincial Park to one of his favorite spots - the secluded Blackfoot Trail.
On their first night, deep in the forest, they have an unsettling encounter with Brad (Eric Balfour), a strange alpha male with eyes for Jenn who may or may not be following them. Alex's desire to quickly reach Blackfoot Trail only intensifies. They push further and further into the woods, Alex stubbornly insisting that he remembers the way. After three days their path disappears; they are hopelessly lost. Without food or water, they struggle to find their way back, »
“That’s not an Acorn,” might be an amusing line in some places but as you’ll see from this first terrifying trailer for Backcountry, it’s pretty likely that it’s not an Acorn…
Directed by Adam McDonald and starring Jeff Roop, Missy Peregrym and Eric Balfour, Backcountry is (so they say) based on a true story and follows a couple who go camping in the Canadian wilderness. Alex (Roop) is a seasoned explorer while Jenn (Peregrym), a corporate lawyer, is most definitely not. After much convincing, and against her better judgment, she agrees to let him take her deep into a Provincial Park to one of his favorite spots – the secluded Blackfoot Trail. What’s better than that, right?
On their first night in the forest, they have an unsettling encounter with Brad (Balfour), a strange chap with eyes for Jenn who may or may not also be following them and with this, »
- Dan Bullock
"We don't have a map, we don't have a cell phone. We are in the middle of nowhere." We're back with another trailer round-up, this time highlighting one couple's hellish hike in Backcountry, the Lovecraftian love of Spring, and the blood-splattered bubble-gum sweetness of Fox's Scream Queens TV series.
Backcountry: In Backcountry, a city-based couple experience the real life horror of being utterly lost in the woods where only the wildlife can hear you scream. Seeking a way back to civilization, they intrude on a black bear’s territory and soon have the hulking beast hot on their trail. Written and directed by Adam MacDonald, Backcountry stars Missy Peregrym, Jeff Roop, and Eric Balfour, and will receive a theatrical and VOD release from IFC Midnight on March 20th.
"Based on a true story, Backcountry follows an urban couple who go camping in the Canadian wilderness - where unimaginable beauty »
- Derek Anderson
Stephen Colbert has always had an inherent fear of bears (at least until he made peace with them before the end of his show), so the latest man vs. nature thriller Backcountry would probably be the most terrifying thing next to encountering a real bear. The film played at Tiff to some pretty solid reviews, and now it's poised to hit limited theaters this spring. The thriller follows Missy Peregrym and Jeff Roop as a couple who end up being terrorized by a man-eating bear while on a romantic camping trip. It's clearly a monster tale on the scale of Jaws or Jurassic Park, and if you're timid about camping this won't help. Watch below! Here's the first trailer for Adam MacDonald's Backcountry, originally from Apple: Backcountry is written and directed by Adam MacDonald. Hyper-busy executive Jenn (Missy Peregrym) and her sporadically employed boyfriend Alex (Jeff Roop) are preparing »
- Ethan Anderton
Welcome to another horror news round-up! This time around we have release details for the Lovecraftian love story Spring and the wilderness-based horror movie Backcountry, as well as acquisition details on the Kevin Durand-starring Dark Was the Night.
The latest film from the directing duo of Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (Resolution), Spring stars Lou Taylor Pucci (2013’s Evil Dead) and Nadia Hilker (The Other Wife) and will be released by Drafthouse Films in theaters and on VOD beginning March 20th:
Press Release – “Drafthouse Films is immensely proud to present Spring, the stunning new genre-defying supernatural love story from directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead (Resolution), in U.S. theaters and on VOD March 20th!
Evan (Lou Taylor Pucci, Evil Dead, Thumbsucker) is a young American fleeing to Europe to escape his past. While backpacking along the Italian coast, everything changes during a stop at an idyllic Italian village, »
- Derek Anderson
Acclaimed out of last fall’s Toronto International Film Festival, Adam MacDonald’s Canadian survival horror Backcountry hits this spring from IFC Midnight. Starring Missy Peregrym, Jeff Roop and Eric Balfour, Backcountry finds “a hyper-busy executive (Peregrym) and her boyfriend head into the woods for a weekend retreat from big-city pressures — but after an unsettling encounter with…
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- Samuel Zimmerman
20 items from 2015
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