Dark Mountain (2016) Film Review.White Lotus Productions, Ash Films, Surewould Presentation. Directed by Lou Simon. Distributed by Uncork'd Entertainment. rated R, running time 87 minutes.
Think of this film as a cross between The Happening,The Decent, and a little Blair Witch thrown in for good measure, a story of four high school friends reuniting many years after graduation.
Where they go off track for a three mile trek in the woods, that takes days,as they get lost, and get taken out one by one by the creepy forest,as mother nature is the serial killer,and requires blood to sustain itself.
It is obvious who the final girl is going to be.
The thing that got me about this film, with a better cast, bigger budget, it had a decent idea going on, with a cursed forest requiring sacrifices, human ones at that, as humans normally make a terrible job of looking after mother nature. So like the plot in The Happening that most scoffed at, nature is the killer, killing off people in realistic ways. A girl falls and impales her leg on a sharp wooden branch, it could happen,and she bleeds to death. Another catches a Cabin in the woods type flesh thing from using a leaf to wipe herself after taking a wee.We have frostbite on fingers as one girl loses her glove, a bear attack, creepy ruins like the Blair Witch, and a girl suffocating from a pile of leaves falling on her. In the end the movie does become preposterous, when the simplicity of the film itself was all it needed to be a creepy little film. The acting is abysmal,with a crappy script, and the constant fade to black of scenes,instead of being edited properly is annoying, so none of this movie flows freely. I will give some kudos to the director, having her own movie poster for this film in the background at the girls house, is a clever Easter egg that most will miss, I didn't, but I thought it was clever.
For a low budget film, the director has made the forest scenes look very good,and we do have some good cinematography going on,the effects although cheap looking work, it is a shame that better acting could have made this an okay film, with an orginal idea, that very nearly, almost worked, but in the end became a forgettable survival movie.