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The Retreat

With long and often stirring shots of the mountainous wild, The Retreat - now available to stream thanks to Uncork’d Entertainment - scores BIG with the terror as something waits out in the darkness.  We are warned early.  We are chilled by the cold.  Even the art on the wall sends shivers down the spine, but nothing truly prepares us for the journey that this thriller has in store for us.

"What we have throughout this horror film is a well thought out narrative that scores major points with its use of a monster that has been criminally underused by cinema"


And that, my friends, is a good thing as The Retreat builds its suspense gradually with the build-up to a hike in the dark up to the summit of a mountain.  Adam (Dylan Grunn) and Gus (Grant Schumacher)  Without warning, the journey turns treacherous as a frostbitten full moon welcomes the daylight and then rises again.  

Set in the Adirondack High Peaks of Upstate New York, director Bruce Wemple (Monstrous) takes viewers on a journey through mystical Native American beliefs with a movie that focuses on the Wendigo, a supernatural beast that hunts down those who dare traverse the wild.  The Retreat

The Retreat begins its Wendigo descent with the graphic art on the wall in the cabin where Adam, who is going to be marrying Amy (Ariella Mastroianni) soon, a bachelor party is being hosted.  But the real party - at least for these two friends who are at odds with each other - is up the mountain . . . where something awaits them.

Because, after an initial attack by the Wendigo, it is up to Gus to fight for his life, while keeping his grip on reality, as he continues to be tormented - both physically and psychologically - by the evil that inhabits this wilderness.  

Clever with its use of flashbacks and absolutely frightening in its use of the creature, The Retreat is a practical effects-laden horror entry, as close encounters in the snow leave bloody trails and a whole lot of unanswered questions.  The Retreat is not for jump-scare junkies. Nor is this is not mindless horror.  What we have throughout this horror film is a well thought out narrative that scores major points with its use of a monster that has been criminally underused by cinema.

There’s something waiting in the mountains this November!  The Retreat is now available on DVD and on streaming platforms from Uncork’d Entertainment.

4/5 stars

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The Retreat

MPAA Rating: Unrated.
Runtime:
88 mins
Director
: Bruce Wemple
Writer:
Bruce Wemple
Cast:
Grant Schumacher, Dylan Grunn, Chris Cimperman
Genre
: Horror
Tagline:
There's somethign waiting in the mountains.
Memorable Movie Quote: "That is the Windigo. It's sort of an urban legend around here."
Distributor:
Uncork'd Entertainment
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Release Date:
On Demand and DVD November 10
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
On Demand and DVD November 10
Synopsis: Set in the Adirondack High Peaks of Upstate New York, two best friends. Gus and Adam, set out for awinter backpacking trip. After a horrifying encounter with a monster, Gus finds himself alone and lost.Now, he must now fight for his life while keeping his grip on reality as he’s tormented both physicallyand psychologically by the evil Native American legend, The Wendigo.

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