In Cinemas from 4th February
(Reviewed by John Glennie)
Movie starts with Scott (Matthew Modine) arriving in a little town in Virginia in search of his daughter, Jen Shaw (Charlotte Vega) who has been missing for 6 weeks. However he hits roadblocks with the local Sheriff who seems quite disinterested and hick-locals who all seem aggressive and suspicious.
The film then goes back 6 weeks when Jen and her boyfriend Darius (Adain Bradley) arrive in town with four other friends to hike the Appalachian Trail. They also encounter the aggressive locals. Their motel host for their first night in town warns Jen to stick to the trail and don’t get off it. When asked why, she advises that the mountains are deadly and those who leave the trail never come back.
Next morning the group happily set off on their hiking adventure and, you guessed it, Darius convinces them to take a small detour off the trail in search of a missing fort he had heard about from Civil War and Confederate days. That is where the horror begins when they are confronted by a massive tree log thundering down the hill towards them and they scramble to get out of the way.
From then on it is one disaster after another in a forest riddled with deadly booby-traps and, as they soon find out, inhabited by a community called ‘The Foundation’ who have secretly inhabited the mountains since Civil War days. The community leader John Venable (Bill Sage) is yet another menacing character in this thriller. He tells the young survivors that if they try to escape, if they don’t catch them, the wildlife will and there won’t be anything left to find!
After Dad, Scott, is bashed by locals he is more determined to venture into the mountains in search of his daughter. He enlists some local help but their efforts are equally fraught with disaster.
I found the storyline to be very predictable, though there is a twist at the end that I did not see coming … so check it out and see if you can predict it!!