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Beacon Point

USA 2016
produced by
Eric Blue, Matt Ackerman, Scott Salamon for BlueLantern Films
directed by Eric Blue
starring Rae Olivier, Jon Briddell, Eric Goins, Jason Burkey, RJ Shearer, Takara Clark, Randall Taylor, Justin Miles, Megan Gallacher, Fred Dollar, Jayson Warner Smith, Paisley Scott, Jason MacDonald
written by Traci Carroll, Eric Blue, music by Kevin Riepl, special makeup effects by Toby Sells

review by
Mike Haberfelner

Zoe (Rae Olivier) is taking part in a 10 day cross country hike on the Appalachian Trail, just because she wants to bury the ashes of her dad at his very favourite spot. Thing is, Zoe feels that Drake (Jon Briddell), the guide of her group, might not have the perfect clue as to how to get them there, and makes her a bit uneasy by constantly going off the beaten track. But she finds a friend in one of her co-hikers, Brian (Jason Burkey), and the two soon fall for one another. But maybe she should have kept her eyes more on Drake, as he's an ex-convict (for manslaughter) who has just killed his boss (Randall Taylor) and went off for the hike before the body could have been found. And since he knows the area best, he figured going off the beaten track will help him make an escape. Thing is, he doesn't know the area as well as he thought he would, and soon the group is lost. And then all of a sudden, Brian gets terribly ill, Zoe finds out about Drake, a terrible fight ends in Drake being restrained by his group, and ultimately, Drake fails utterly when it comes to getting help - his hands bound behind his back and him being kept in check by Zoe that is. But while all that sounds bad, there are also signs that an outside force is manipulating our hikers ... and that oustide force might not be from this earth even ...

 

Beacon Point is probably best described as "esoteric horror" - and while I'm by no means a follower of the esoteric idea as such, in this case "esoteric" is an utter compliment, as the film does not waste its time with explaining away its backstory, instead it presents us with a deliberately vague threat and only at best theories of how to rationalize it - which of course makes the fear of the protagonists all the more palpable and really adds to the atmosphere. And naturally, a great ensemble cast playing rounded out characters, and beautiful locations that seem to be made for a shoot like this, totally help to bring all of this across just beautifully!

 

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