Halloween Disc-A-Day: Day 25 – High Lane

For a third year, I’m going to be watching at least one horror DVD per day and writing a short review about them. I’ve acquired a new batch that I haven’t previously seen, so without any further delay. Let’s get to work.

High Lane (24 June 2009)

A group of friends on vacation decide to venture onto a trail high up in the mountains that has been closed for repairs. The climb proves more perilous than planned, especially as they soon realize that they are not alone. The adventure turns into a nightmare.

If you we’re going to pitch this movie in existing movie titles, I think Cliffhanger takes a Wrong Turn is what fits closest.  This is a French movie which I didn’t realize until putting the disc in.  Luckily this one has subtitles.  The first half hour of this movie is fucking tense.  There’s no villain to speak of unless you want to count gravity.  Just this unsafe climbing was enough to get me into the movie for the remainder.  I’m not saying that the rest of the movie is bad in any way, but I was so drawn in at that point that the plot becoming more formulaic from that point forward didn’t bother me.  It also helps that the violence in the movie is fast and hard-hitting.  They manage to sell the impact really well.  As far as characters go, they are mostly good.  I hate when the voice of reason is played as too much of a coward but to each their own.  I prefer the original title of this Vertige.  High Lane makes me think of an elevated road not mountain climbing.

I’ll be back tomorrow, but in the meantime check out the Motion Picture Meltdown on Cliffhanger.

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