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The Wilderness of this film's title refers to a rugged, uninhabited island that used to be used for soldier survival training but now offers itself as an ideal place for troubled young people to get a pungent taste of reality and hopefully learn to work together rather than continue in their juvenile delinquent ways. Our gang of misfits land themselves a week's stay there following the most unfortunate death of one of their own. It turns out that they are far from alone there, however. Meeting up with a small, similar group of juvenile delinquent girls doesn't bother anyone, apart from the two group leaders, but finding themselves hunted by a mad killer (and his ferocious dogs) is generally looked upon as bad news all the way around. There isn't a lot of suspense built around the killer's identity, as that is revealed pretty early on. The focus is more on the teens' interaction as their numbers dwindle and the psychotic thought processes that landed them all in a Young Offenders Institution to begin with rear their ugly and increasingly violent heads. Can these malcontents somehow work together as a team in order to survive? Uh, no.Read more ›
Wilderness stars Alex Reid (The Descent, Arachnid), Toby Kebbell (Dead Man's Shoes, RocknRolla) , Stephen Wright (Highlander: The Source) and Adam Deacon (Jack Falls, Dead Set) and horror regular Sean Pertwee (The Descent, Dog Soldiers, The 4th Reich, Doomsday) and comes with the following synopsis:
"Sent away on a military boot camp, a group of young offenders arrive on an uninhabited island only to find they are not alone. A psychopathic hunter lies in wait, snaring his victims with imaginative booby traps, ravenous dogs & some truly deadly weaponry.
From the director of Deathwatch, horror and violence bursts onto the screen in this masterfully choreographed survival thriller."
I've mentioned it numerous times before but to my mind, stories of hunting humans have been a horror staple on the screen for as long as there have been movies. The film adaptation of Richard Connell's Hounds of Zaroff, which was turned into The Most Dangerous Game in 1932 could be seen as the granddaddy of them all, spawning numerous imitators from the poor (Steve Austin's The Condemned) to one of my personal favourites, Predator, going via Van Damme's Hard Target and to the box office record breaker The Hunger Games, based on the books by Suzanne Collins.
Wilderness has been described as "Scum meets Battle Royale" but I don't think that's quite accurate...Read more ›
When an bullied inmate at Moorgate Young Offenders Institute commits suicide by cutting his wrists, the members of the dead boy's dorm are sent to a remote (and quite large) island for some disciplinary action. The group of six lads under the supervision of prison official Jed Wyler (Sean Pertwee), soon discover that they are not alone on the island. Mandy (Lenora Crichlow) and Jo (Karly Greene), two inmates from a girl's detention facility are there with Louise (Alex Reid) their supervisor.
The two groups come together, after a tramp living on the island is found dead with his throat ripped open. Callum (Toby Kebbell) a newcomer, is suspected of the crime. One of the boys disappears as a prelude to the group being viciously attacked, by a hail of deadly arrows, and a pack of wild dogs. The assault leaves the shaken group without any supervision, and they struggle to establish some kind of order, and find a way to survive against a ruthless and well-prepared opponent.
The story that could have taken the all male Lord of the Flies route, instead is another routine teenagers in distress in the woods tale. Instead of being violent hardcases, the boys are mostly passive, except for Steve (Stephen Wight) who exhibits resentment for authority. Steve's buddy Lewis (Luke Neal) is the most physically imposing, but is pretty passive after hooking up with Jo. Lindsay (Ben McKay), is the weak sniveling type.Read more ›
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I really liked this movie! I like most movies with Sean Pertwee in it but this one would have been good without him. Well written, well filmed, and very enjoyable.Published 14 months ago by itigger
I threw this movie in the trash at the half-way point in watching it. It is a pointless, unbelievable, poorly acted, bore.Published on September 18, 2013 by Craig Shoemaker
Wilderness is a thrilling action/horror film. Several juveniles are sent to a deserted island to rehabilitate and learn team work; they are soon attacked by an unknown person and... Read morePublished on July 5, 2012 by Jonathan
This low budget movie has good intentions, and poor execution.
Cheesy special effects, and terrible acting earns this movie
a D minus.
My heart just sank when Capt Strong was captured by the smugglers and poached in a vat of water like an enormous egg. A must see for all fans of Capt. Read morePublished on August 22, 2011 by Julie
Nice little outdoor slasher movie. It's about a buncha troublemaker teenagers forced into the wilderness to get them to bond. Read morePublished on January 13, 2011 by sabre