Happy Friday my lovelies!!! All of January the Fear Friday films are new movies (at least to me) that I have just watched. This week's flick is a "found footage" adventure that leads us into the snowy mountains of Russia in search of a mystery that is built on a real life tragedy. It's a bit of a mind warp so put your thinkin' caps on. Enjoy!!!
Every Friday at the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog is Fear Friday. Fear Fridays are a celebration of all films spooky. Horror is a very broad genre and the Lounge loves it all. Each Friday you will find a review of a different film. These can range from Classic Horror (black and white and cheesy), Thrillers (suspense, jumps and a good mystery), outright Horror (chop chop, slash slash, die die) and anything else in between.
So pop some popcorn, kill the lights and enjoy tonight's selection. And please, share your comments on the film. Bad or good let me know what you thought of it. And now, my little ghouls and dolls, the Laughing Vixen Lounge Blog is proud to present this week's film.
Fear Friday ~ Devil's Pass
Tagline - Based on a true story.
History always repeats itself.
Directed by Renny Harlin (Deep Blue Sea, Long Kiss Goodnight and Die Hard 2) and released on August 23, 2013 by Aldamisa Releasing (Rated R). A group of students set off to investigate the site where 9 hikers died mysteriously in 1959. As they quickly find out, you should be careful of what questions you want answered!!!
This movie is a "found footage" style movie that went pretty much straight to DVD here in the US. While it had it's faults I thought the movie was actually pretty good. There have been lots of "found footage" movies (a movie shown through video footage shot by the characters who are now dead) since The Blair Witch Project was so popular that they can be a bit overdone. But this one really did try to think outside the box.
It builds a fictional story around a real life incident. In 1959 nine hikers were found dead in the Ural Mountains in Russia of unknown and mysterious causes. This part is very true and still sparks lots of speculation about what happened. The movie plays on a fictional group of American students that travel to Russia to investigate the site of the incident. After a brief introduction to the group we are shown a Russian news broadcast that tells of a group of American hikers found dead on the mountain. The film is told through the video that is found at the campsite.
The movie is good at making you wonder what is the "Thing" out in the snowy cold that will be the death of our characters. They suspect everything from aliens to a magnetic force to a government conspiracy to a (my favorite) Yeti. Ha!!! And while part of the end "bit" did make me roll my eyes for the most part I thought it was an interesting idea. Just keep an open mind while watching as it is a bit out there. I did have to look on the internet to see exactly what happened at the end to make sure I had it right. This helped lots as there are some little things through the movie that you might not tie into the end because they are easy to miss.
So if you like a movie that is more story driven than action and is low on the gore factor give this one a try. It is currently on Netflix streaming.
Take a look at the original trailer. ***Spoiler Warning... If you want to watch this movie without knowing too much do not watch past the 1 minute mark***
No real trivia found for this movie but I loved that the Philadelphia Experiment is talked about in the movie. I love the movie (of the same name from the '80s) and am fascinated that it's an actual conspiracy theory based on real events. Wow... who knew??!!