Eternity of Terror 2016

This book includes 200 dark movies you’ll want to revisit time and again. These are the most rewatchable dark films reviewed by film critic Steve Hutchison.

Sorted in order of preference and reviewed, each film description contains a synopsis, a list of genres it belongs to, a list of ambiances involved, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review.

These films are not for the squeamish. You have been warned!

Wilderness

Juvenile delinquents are sent to an island where they must fight for survival.

 

United Kingdom
2006
Feature Film
Realism: 
Plausible
Animals: 
Dog
Stalker: 
Hunter
Sneaker
Catastrophes: 
Fire
3.04
Doggy style...
3.04
3.04
6
6
1
2
3
Photography
Plot
Effects
During the first half of this film, you’ll be scratching your head. The script goes in several directions and, for a good while, it doesn’t show its cards. Most characters are ass hole. Whoever the good guys are, and that takes a while to figure out, they’ve got one hell of a problem. They get bullied, shot at, attacked by savage dogs. One of them steps in bear traps... and that’s not pretty.
Wilderness is nicely shot, but it doesn’t make the best of its environment. We should be seeing more landscapes and we should feel immersed. On the contrary, subjects are closely framed. It’s all about the characters. The actors are skilled. The gore is brutal and very well done. The dialogue is aggressive, but, of course, it has to be. The conversations are always intense, always dense.
The main problems with Wilderness are its lack of focus and its redundancy. It’s also hard to sympathize with the victims. Here, the enemy is everyone and everywhere. This anomaly is nonsensical, counterintuitive, and it creates a clusterfuck. What’s more, the things that puzzle us in the first two acts don’t make much sense in the third one. The answers we are given are not easily accepted.
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