Backcountry

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    Backcountry

    Directed by

    Canada

    2014

    91 min

    • English

    Drama, Mystery, Thriller

    Hyper-busy executive Jenn (Missy Peregrym, Rookie Blue) and her sporadically employed boyfriend Alex (Jeff Roop) are preparing to take a break from the big city for a few days of camping and communing with the wilderness. But when they have an unsettling encounter with Brad (Eric Balfour), a strange guy wandering through the woods alone, Alex decides to take an impromptu detour — one that leaves them at the mercy of the forest, and god knows what else.
    The rugged Canadian landscape has been a recurring subject in our nation's art, literature, and cinema. In the early days of Canadian literature, nature was considered hostile and inhospitable, less for what it contained than for what it didn't (amenities, civilization, other people). This was followed by its cozily domesticated depiction as a source of self-discovery and family unity, and (in novels like Surfacing) as a blank canvas that dangerously left us to our own devices, its very emptiness loosing private demons long buried in our pasts. In recent years, however, nature has been increasingly rendered as ferociously red in tooth and claw, and few films have offered so sinister a vision as Adam McDonald's Backcountry, where everything — man, animal, the very trees themselves — seems aligned against the hapless lovers.

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Missy Peregrym
    Jeff Roop
    Eric Balfour
    Nicholas Campbell
    Screenplay
    Adam MacDonald
    Cinematography
    Christian Bielz
    Editing
    Dev Singh
    Music
    Frères Lumières
    Production
    EVENT FILM

    Press

    Solid performances from the small cast and robust visuals will be clear selling points with audiences seeking the raw excitement of an elemental survival film.

    Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter

    BACKCOUNTRY is an incredibly effective thriller with just the right amount of blood and gross-out moments to have the audience squirm in their seats.

    Nick Watson , Black Sheep Reviews

    It’s incredibly gruesome and feels very real.

    Matt Rorabeck , Toronto Film Scene

    With lean, smart pacing and no hesitation to get nasty in its showcase of nature’s cruelty, Backcountry is a strong entry in the survival thriller genre.

    C.J. Prince, Way Too Indie

    Adam MacDonald

    Adam MacDonald

    Canada

    Adam was born in Montreal, Quebec. After running in gangs and hitting rock bottom as a rebellious teenager, he became interested in theatre and film and found resurrection as an artist. A highly accomplished actor with over 40 film and television credits to his name, Adam began to shift his focus in recent years to writing and directing, receiving mentoring from Bruce McDonald, one of Canada’s most acclaimed directors. Adam’s previous directorial works include three short films: SOMBRE ZOMBIE, KILLERKILLER, and IN THE DOMINICAN. SOMBRE ZOMBIE aired on Bravo! and screened at festivals around the world, including the Fantasia Film Festival and Nashville Film Festival. His most recent short, IN THE DOMINICAN was a festival hit and was nominated as Best International Short Film at the Barebones Film Festival; received three nominations including Best Short Film at the Treasure Coast International Film Festival; and won an Award of Merit at the Los Angeles Cinema Festival of Hollywood. Adam is a passionate, obsessive student of the cinéma vérité and thriller genres and is influenced by Hong-Jin Na, Rob Zombie, Nicolas Winding Refn, Tobe Hooper, and Derek Cianfrance. Inspired to follow in their footsteps, Adam wrote the script for BACKCOUNTRY to be his feature-film directorial debut.