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The Last Great Wilderness (2004)

Alastair Mackenzie , Jonny Phillips , David Mackenzie  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Alastair Mackenzie, Jonny Phillips, Ewan Stewart, David Hayman, Victoria Smurfit
  • Directors: David Mackenzie
  • Writers: Alastair Mackenzie, David Mackenzie, Gillian Berrie, Jack Lothian, Michael Tait
  • Producers: Angus Pigott, Christopher Pigott
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: TLA Releasing
  • DVD Release Date: August 17, 2004
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002F6B06
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #125,524 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Last Great Wilderness" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

A sly, unpredictable thriller about two men seeking refuge at a strange inn, The Last Great Wilderness is a weird hybrid of Rosemarys Baby and The Wicker Man. After their car runs out of gas, two men, in the middle of nowhere, seek refuge at an isolated country house. Although greeted warmly, the inhabitants of the house are an odd assortment of folks who appear to be hiding a dark secret. Are they harmless eccentrics, or possibly menacing cult members? The Last Great Wilderness is a bizarre and enjoyable mix of mystery, horror and the occult.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars THINGS ARE NOT ALWAYS AS THEY SEEM... June 15, 2005
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This is a quirky, unusual film that is best categorized as gothic, as it is an interesting melange of mystery and horror, with a smattering of the occult thrown in for good measure. It is quite atmospheric, as it appears to have been filmed amongst the misty crags and moraines that constitute much of the Scottish highlands.

The story itself is not too complicated. Two unlikely young men, strangers to each other, hook up and take to the road together. One of them is a former gigolo, who is fleeing the wrath of the husband of one of his clients. The other is a formerly married man who lost his wife to her rock star lover and is now hell-bent on seeking revenge.

While enroute to their respective destinations, they run out of gas and are forced to seek assistance in the desolate countryside in which they find themselves stranded. They come upon a house whose inhabitants seem to be a beat off. The house appears to be a retreat of some sort for some pretty dysfunctional odd ducks. Coupled with the fact that their leader seems to engage in some unusual practices and the ghost of a young woman appears to be walking around at all hours of the day or night, it is a highly atmospheric and slightly creepy place in which to be.

The two men are initially determined to leave as soon as possible, but before they know it, the gigolo seems to have become spellbound by the ghost and his companion has become involved with one of the residents of the house. When they try to leave, fate seems to have interjected itself in a way that prevents them from leaving as planned. The film then careens to a startling conclusion that is quite shocking to the senses.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nightmare in Monarch country October 25, 2007
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I, like many others I am sure, bought this movie since it was based in Scotland and starred Alastair Mackenzie from 'Monarch of the Glen'. I know you should not assume that all an actor's movies will be in the same genre but this movie is as like 'Monarch' as Dracula is like St Francis of Assisi. It is raw, gory and sexually explicit. The murder scene at the end involves one of the most graphic abuse scenes I have seen in any movie. Obviously this is not the film that I was expecting. The movie is well made, performances are good but the film cannot seem to make up its mind whether it is an action story, a supernatural spooky, or an examination of supressed sexual desire (those desires include masturbation, cross dressing and raw sexual intercourse). Not a film I could recommend and definitely not in the 'Monarch of the Glen' genre.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the Archie we are use to seeing!!! February 26, 2006
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Being a hugh fan of "The Monarch of the Glen" and of Alastair Mackenzie I searched for his other acting credits and found this movie.....At first I didn't know what to think and almost gave up on it, but then something about it made me not be able to stop watching...And I am glad I didn't!!!! I must say I am more than ever a fan of Alastair...
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Corrections to Lee Armstrong's review March 13, 2005
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I am a person who researches actors and movies, so facts are important to me. Although Lee Armstrong's review is helpful and full of facts about the actors, there are many mistakes. Here are the corrections, made, to the best of my knowledge.

1) Director David MacKenzie's debut project was not "The Last Great Wilderness" but "California Sunshine" (1997).

2) Actor Alastair Mackenzie's (Sometimes Credited As: Sam MacKenzie or Alistair Mackenzie) first picture that he stared in was not "The Last Great Wilderness" but was also "California Sunshine" (1997). Alastair Mackenzie played two leading roles previous to this movie but is mostly known for his television work from 1994 to present, his most notable being his lead role in the BBC show, "Monarch of the Glen" (2000 - present). The screenwriter portion is true.

3) Vincente played by Johnnie Phillips is really Jonathan Phillips (Sometimes Credited As: Johnny Phillips or Jonny Phillips but not Johnnie).

4) Vincente does not plan to steal an airplane, he is supposed to meet a friend who plans to fly him from Scotland to Spain to avoid/escape from the thugs.

5) The leader Ruaridh is not played by David Hagman but by David Hayman who has been in over 58 movies, 7 TV shows and directed 9 movies since 1972.

6) Ruaridh takes candid photos of people ... while they are sleeping OR sitting naked on a sofa OR on the floor OR sexually pleasuring themselves - as well as many "normal" candids, portraits and landscapes - but not the toilet. I went back and watched twice in slow motion to make sure.
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6 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect film? February 21, 2006
By CoryRay
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In my opinion, yes, this is a perfect film. It's a very rare thing for me to write a movie review, but this movie hit me like...like...love at first site! I watch a lot of horror, thriller, indie, and sometimes fantasy. I'm not really into big-budget Hollywood action, drama, or comedy, and in fact I usually loathe them. To me, THIS is what a movie should be - brilliant screenplay, acting, cinematography, soundtrack, and even opening credit sequence - and all without a gajillion dollar budget, MTV-looking quasi-actors, or ADD-inspired endless action. This film is engaging due to setting, mood, character development, and a complete lack of predictability.

It has a David Lynchian quality, but is in no way derivative because all the bizarre little events and quirks can be explained somewhat logically, whereas in Lynch's films they'd have no explanation or seemingly no purpose other than to shock the viewer. It reminds me of The Reflecting Skin, but even that movie lies a bit closer to the Lynch camp. There are also elements of Trainspotting and even What's Eating Gilbert Grape (or maybe that's just me?). It's a tough film to classify. Very tough. I think that's one of the reasons I like it so much. You don't know where the movie is taking you until after it's over. To call it horror is quite a stretch, but there is an overall dark, creepy atmosphere and constant unease about where the film is going to take you. "Psychological thriller" seems appropriate enough, but it is so much more than that.

Highly recommended for anyone with intelligence and an attention span.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Stranded In Nowhere Land
A sly, unpredictable thriller about 2 men seeking refuge at a strange inn, The Last Great Wilderness is a weird hybrid of Rosemarys Baby and The Wicker Man. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Taheen Lopez
5.0 out of 5 stars Unpredictable, funny, spooky and ultimately very moving...
I bought this at a video store going out of business and promptly forgot about it; then when I finally watched it I had to watch it again immediately. Read more
Published 8 months ago by me upstate
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Weird...
THE LAST GREAT WILDERNESS is a different sort of movie. There's a gentle warmth within it that is jarringly interrupted by graphic sex and sadistic violence. Read more
Published on December 24, 2008 by Bindy Sue Frřnkünschtein
5.0 out of 5 stars Great movie
I thought his movie was well done - across the board: great story, setting, acting, filming. The story and characters draws you in and the ending is very dramatic. Read more
Published on May 22, 2005 by Tim Shenk
4.0 out of 5 stars Wilderness of the Mind
This production from Scotland is an entertaining, albeit definitely offbeat production. Director David MacKenzie's debut project sends somewhat mixed signals, being a buddy road... Read more
Published on March 3, 2005 by Lee Armstrong
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Movie
I highly recommend seeing this film. The lack of a big hollywood budget and over-commercialized stars made for a thought provoking story and interesting characters.
Published on September 4, 2004 by Sadie
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