Boy did Backcountry piss me off. Here I am expecting SOMETHING to happen through the whole movie, and when finally something happens… a bear attack… it barely happen (pun fully intended). Now I get that Backcountry is supposed to be this psychological thriller of a picture that plays off wilderness horror, but could something… please… happen already!? If you want to watch a movie that has a badass bear attack, you watch The Edge with Alec Baldwin and Anthony Hopkins. Make sure to steer clear of Into the Grizzly Maze as well. It suffers from the same issues as Backcountry. It’s a dialogue laden cock tease that may as well have been written as a found footage picture because it tries to use the same scare tactics.
You can order Backcountry now on Blu-ray. I’m sure some wilderness horror folks will get something out of this, but the key is to drop you expectation about this being brutal and realize that all the dark moments will be in your head. There’s not battle to death with a giant bear. There’s a short tent invasion that yields some nasty scratches. If you’re going to use a bear in a horror movie… make it rip off at least one limb. Is one limb too much to ask for?
If you're going to put a giant bear head on the cover... use... more... of... THE BEAR!
From IFC Midnight and Scream Factory:
A tense thriller about a young couple camping in the Canadian wilderness, Backcountry is a heart-stopping, full-tilt run through deadly territory. Alex (Jeff Roop, Jekyll + Hyde) is a seasoned camper, but Jenn (Missy Peregrym, Rookie Blue) is not. But when they realize that they have entered bear territory, the terror gets turned up to a whole new level.
Written and directed by Adam MacDonald, Backcountry also stars Eric Balfour (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Skyline, Haven), Melanie Mullen (Dead Before Dawn 3D) and Nicholas Campbell (The Brood, The Dead Zone).
Backcountry Special Features:
· Audio Commentary with writer/director Adam MacDonald and actors Missy Peregrym and Jeff Roop
· Still Gallery
· Theatrical Trailer