Tuesday, 3 January 2012

A Lonely Place to Die ★★★☆☆

Combining the adrenaline-fuelled pursuits of abseiling and mountain climbing with the heart-pounding tension of a horror flavoured thriller, director Julian Gilbey's A Lonely Place to Die (2011) attempts to meld these exhilarating aspects into an exciting survival drama. Starring Melissa George, Ed Speleers and Sean Harris, A Lonely Place to Die was distinguished enough to be chosen as the closing night film for this year's Film4 FrightFest - an impressive honour to be bestowed upon any home-grown horror film.

Set in the remote Scottish Highlands, we join five mountaineers on what appears to be a well deserved break from their mundane domestic lives. It's unclear just how close these five strangers are but it soon becomes apparent they'll have to work together if their trip is to go ahead as planned. After a brief scare whilst attempting to ascend a rather tricky slope, the group decide that the next day they'll be less daring and travel across the countryside to a more manageable climb, where the visibility isn't hampered by the rolling Scottish mist.

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