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Backcountry Movie Poster*** This review may contain spoilers ***

A landscaper takes his girlfriend on a nostalgic camping trip but the couple find themselves lost in the territory of a predatory black bear.

Very loosely based on the 2005 true events of Jacqueline Perry and Mark Jordan, Blackfoot Trail A.K.A Back Country has a simmering build up as the two leads trek into the wilderness. The first 45 minutes is broken up with a tension filled scene where Eric Balfour’s Brad make’s a subtle move of sorts on (Jeff Roop) Alex’s girlfriend.

Refreshingly, its’ not a found footage film and traditionally shot. Director/writer Adam MacDonald is wise to take a less is more approach keeping the ‘monster’ hidden for the most part. After the couple become lost the first major attack comes in around the hour mark and it’s worth the wait, the bear and gore effects are particularly brutal. MacDonald uses an unconventional interesting pull on focus. This unorthodox technique adds to the on screen proceedings especially as Jenn, played realistically by Missy Peregrym, is put through the mill.

The small cast ensemble are effective right down to the bit parts, notable is Nicholas Campbell as a Ranger. Although Balfour’s Irish accent is unnecessary, it’s a shame that his part is only an extended cameo. It’s fitting MacDonald plays against expectations as Balfour’s Brad doesn’t simply save the day, but it would have been effective if MacDonald had weaved Balfour’s character into the story a little more. But it’s a little quibble. Frères Lumières music complements Christian Bielz’s raw cinematography and MacDonald’s on location shoot adds to the realism.

The real black bear moments sell Blackfoot Trail, expect a slow burner with great scenery and grounded performances. With the recent spate of killer bear features MacDonald’s sober offering is probably the best of the bunch since The Edge.

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The Breathing Dead and Brand-B present: Bear Scary, Directed by Dan Brownlie. It’s a B no frills shock horror, with a killer bear and babysitters, what more could you want?! It’s now available in the USA (sorry UK folks, you’ll have to wait) click here to rent or buy your copy

DVD coming soon…

As well as loads of other genres of films I love B-shock horror, especially killer toys! Puppet Master, Demonic Toys and Blood Dolls spring to mind. I’ve teamed up with Brand-B Corporation and the talented director Dan Brownlie as one of the producers on Bear Scary.

Bear Scary is a terrific slew of pumping music, gore, blood, a killer Teddy and a little bit of sex appeal, it all makes for a solid b-movie horror fun.

Here’s the killer Teddy trailer of Bear Scary.


Bear-wear psycho in the shower.

Teddy and actress/model Lauren Bushby chill between takes,
and chat about the next scene.
Photos by Philip Penn.