Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: Peter Capaldi, Martin Compston, Samantha Shields, Kevin Quinn, Nicola Muldoon
Director: Craig Strachan
Genres: Indie & Art House, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Teens on holiday in the highlands become the prey of a blood-thirsty beast.
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Deidra C. (Deidra670) from GARRETT, KY
Reviewed on 11/2/2010...
OK, I really liked WILD COUNTRY! It had Scottish accents (subtitles, I know, but I love the Scottish accents!), a brief reference to the evil Sawney Bean cannibal clan (red herring) and an evil Catholic priest.
WILD COUNTRY opens up with a young girl during childbirth and later giving/being forced, the baby up for adoption. Interestingly, she continues to produce breast milk and sell it. An odd quirk not usually mentioned in a horror flick. To help her recover, she goes on a Catholic teen retreat in the countryside. The actors are endearing and seem like real teens, instead of 20-25 year olds pretending to be young and hip. After one of their pack meets with a gory demise, the teens band together and try to stay alive through the night.
I know this has all been done before, but for some reason, WILD COUNTRY really worked for me. Yes, I know the monster's appearance was cheesy, but we're not talking about big budgets here!
All in all, WILD COUNTRY was a slam dunk for me! It was scary good!
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Chrissy K. McVay | North Carolina | 06/25/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I love horror movies, but especially Scottish horror (love the accents). This story centers around coming-of-age teens dropped off by the priest in their youth group on a camping trip, only to find out that the beautiful countryside is infested with strange, hairy beasts (and it's not the sheep). I liked the way the movie introduced us to the characters first and helped us care about them before killing anybody off. I was slightly disappointed in the look of the beast, but they did well for their budget. Not a 'top notch' horror, but still entertaining.
Chrissy K. McVay
Something different, for a change.
Marvin Jenkins | Bonifay,Florida | 10/18/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This movie was a interesting take on the werewolf genre. I myself liked it. The problem was that the whole middle half of the movie is in the dark, and I mean you can't see anything. When the film begins, you see great looking Scottish countrysides with fog, and you think,Wow this has atmosphere...and the the sun goes down. Too bad really, because all the young actors did a good job, aside from thick accents, which sometimes had me scratching my head wondering what they just said. Sometimes I would be staring at a black screen with these fast Scottish sentence flying by,& the F word would be the only thing I could catch! In the bonus features it showed the production of the cool looking castle set, and there's no telling how much that thing cost, and you practically see none of it on screen! If your gonna build a cool set, at least light the thing ! The werewolf itself is definately something new. It stalkes on four legs rather than the typical wolf man type. They said in the bonus materials that it was made to look like a wolf and Hiyena. It reminded me of a possum with stripes across it's face. I mean It did look menacing,and could take a mighty big chomp out of ya, but it just is'nt what we're used to. But I guess if it looked like a (HOWLING) werewolf,everyone would be screaming "Oh they ripped off Howling!"So I give them credit for trying something fresh.I'm glad they used an actual prop, rather than cgi, cause CGI wolves suck!"
Good Movie Without A Big, Bad Wolf
BO BO BOB | JACKSON, MS | 03/13/2009
(3 out of 5 stars)
"If I have said it once , I have said it a thousand times. If a movie is going to be a movie, then it should be at least an hour and twenty-five minutes long. This was a really good movie, but I could not see most of the action done in the dark. There are ways to alleviate this problem. I have seen it in other movies, like green screening the night. The monsters could have been a bit better , instead of looking like an actor covered in a shaggy rug. Other special effects were good, like when the wolves took bits out of their victims. The story was a good one though. I do not regret buying this one, although the accents were too sharp many times. Good for what I paid for it."