Director: David Bruckner
The setup to this is very reminiscent of The Descent (a group of friends commemorate the tragic death of one of their number by taking a trip into the wilderness). Only this time it’s a group of cocky lads and it’s a hike through the wilds of Norway.
You get lots of great character friction as the tension builds straight away. It’s clear they can’t quite believe they decided to forsake a weekend of carnage in Amsterdam or Ibiza instead of getting back to nature.
Taking a shortcut through a creepy forest, things descend rapidly into full-on nightmare mode.
I can’t imagine anyone being disappointed by this (anyone who likes horror that is). It’s got all the conventional thrills, spills and scare jumps you might expect, but also a dash of humour and an ingenious sense of weirdness.
There’s a line early on where they take shelter from the rain in an abandoned cabin: ‘So this is the place we all get murdered then’. A lovely, knowing moment: we all know we’re on a horror film (audience and characters alike) but we don’t know WHAT KIND of horror film yet.
As the film keeps you guessing, you get hooked with long sequences where you just look for shapes in the trees, terrified of what you might see. And the pacing is tremendous, slowly tightening that screw until it’s unbearable.
The scares, when they come, are proper antediluvian stuff.
Class A horror cinema, in other words.
Might appeal to people who enjoyed:
The Descent, The Blair Witch Project… any classy modern horror film basically.