Year Released: 2013
Director: Renny Harlin
Writer: Vikram Weet
Starring: Holly Goss, Matt Stokoe, Luke Albright, more…
This story follows a film crew investigating spooky disappearances in the hinterland of the Ukraine. It’s a classic “we warned you not to go there and you did it, now something bad happened” plot.
Our small group of curious victims, a three men and two women team, plan and execute a mission into the wintery mountainous wooded slopes of the Mountain of the Dead, a focal point of strange disappearances.
Our intrepid adventurers soon find footprints. Then they find more odd things as they make their way up the mountain, to Devil’s pass.
Devil’s pass is a beautiful place. But these folks don’t have much time to enjoy the scenery, as one disaster after another bedevils them, slowly reducing their numbers.
A number of interesting things happens in the first half of the movie to keep things moving along. Then the nature of the movie changes and we have some decent moments of horror suspense that make up (somewhat) for the long winded character expositions at the beginning of the film. The last half of the movie picks up speed and turns into a decent romp.
I’m not a big fan of the Blair Witch style video camera POV, but this movie pulls it off. There is some poor CGI, but it amused me. There’s too much easy explanation given through conversations at points. But in the end it’s an ok movie, and tends toward the creepy.
Content Rating: Not for children, unless you want them to dream about having their tongues ripped out.