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Black Rock (2012)

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Three childhood friends set aside their personal issues and reunite for a girls' weekend on a remote island off the coast of Maine. One wrong move turns their weekend getaway into a deadly fight for survival.

Director:

Katie Aselton

Writers:

Mark Duplass (screenplay), Katie Aselton (story)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Katie Aselton ... Abby
Lake Bell ... Lou
Kate Bosworth ... Sarah
Will Bouvier ... Henry
Jay Paulson ... Derek
Anslem Richardson ... Alex
Carl K. Aselton III Carl K. Aselton III ... Fisherman
Carl Aselton Carl Aselton ... Extra (as Dr. Carl Aselton)
Tyler Openshaw Tyler Openshaw ... Extra
Stephen Smith Stephen Smith ... Extra
Michael Kuhni Michael Kuhni ... Extra
Ron Green Ron Green ... Extra
Henry Barendse Henry Barendse ... Extra
John Davis John Davis ... Extra
Jim Parker Jim Parker ... Extra
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Storyline

Three women who were good friends in the past get back together for the first time since they were kids to spend time on an island called Black Rock. They meet some local hunters and find out they know one of them from when they were children. After inviting them to join them in a few drinks on the beach, the atmosphere changes into one of panic and horror as the situation and friendships are turned on their head in a brutal confrontation. Written by Michael Hallows Eve

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Not every island is a paradise.

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Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong violence, pervasive language, sexual references and brief graphic nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 May 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Black Rock - Überleben ist alles See more »

Filming Locations:

Maine, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Submarine Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The married writers have also worked together on TV projects Togetherness and The League. See more »

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[last lines]
Derek: This ends with you two dead
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Featured in Chelsea Lately: Episode #7.75 (2013) See more »

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The Last Goodbye
Written and Performed by The Kills
Published by Domino Publishing Company of America, Inc.
Courtesy of Domino Recording Co. Ltd
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Aselton shows a lot of promise as a director
26 July 2013 | by themissingpatientSee all my reviews

Kate Bosworth plays Sarah, who deceives her two best friends, Lou and Abby, played by Lake Bell and Katie Aselton, into going on a camping trip on an remote island where they used to spend their summers together as children. After some hesitation, Lou and Abby decide to put their personal issues with one another aside to make Sarah happy and camp for the weekend. During some drinking around a fire on the beach, the three women find themselves in the company of three hunters, one of which a drunken Abby decides to flirt with. The consequences of her behavior leads to murder and a terrifying fight for survival.

Black Rock is based on a story and directed by Katie Aselton. The screenplay is written by her husband, Mark Duplass. The Duplass Brothers became a beloved name through the film festival circuit that spread into Hollywood. Considered indie film heroes, they have written and directed The Puffy Chair, Baghead, Cyrus, Jeff Who Lives At Home as well as executive produced the indie hit of 2012, Safety Not Guaranteed, which Mark starred in as well. It was their first film, The Puffy Chair, that introduced us to Mark and Katie, who stole our hearts as a lovable modern couple. Off the big screen both Mark and Katie star in the television series, The League.

Black Rock is at the same time a dramatic thriller and a survival horror with enough shocks, blood and tension to turn away many lovers of both Katie and Mark's previous work. This has lead to negativity towards the film. This is unfortunate because Black Rock very clearly states it is a horror/thriller yet it seems that either these certain audiences and critics didn't bother to take note of the genre or were hoping it to somehow miraculously become something more light-hearted.

Black Rock is not as audience friendly as previous films by the filmmakers associated with the film and for a horror/thriller, it shouldn't be. The story stays quite believable which is rarely achieved in this genre, the characters and dialogue are well-written, the performances are as good as they can be and Katie Aselton shows a lot of promise as a director.


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