On their way home from a party in eastern Europe, sisters Abi and Lily get lost. With no signal and an unreliable GPS, they try to navigate their way out using road signs. Along a narrow road, through a deep forest, their front tire suddenly blows out. With no spare or cell service, they are completely cut off. Soon they discover that this is no ordinary forest and there is a reason no cars come up here, for the locals know of what lives deep in the woods and if they’re woken, there is nowhere to run.
What We Thought:
A Dark Path is a movie we’ve definitely seen before. That’s not exactly a negative, it just feels like a lot of movies in the horror genre. It opens with a group of women celebrating together as one of them is getting married soon. After a night out of drinking and dancing, the women go their separate ways with the two sisters driving to the airport together.
They get lost and of course end up in the woods with a flat tire and no cell phone service. When the one sister disappears the older sister goes looking for her. She meets another woman hurt in the woods who tells her there’s some kind of creature and that it got her boyfriend. She realizes she has to find and save her sister before whatever is in the woods gets them all.
Sure the plot isn’t overly original. It’s a creature feature in the woods, that’s definitely been done before, but the creatures have a good look to them. The film doesn’t rely too much on jumpscares or shaky cam unlike similar movies/Blair Witch clones. It’s a foreign film so I’m not familiar with the cast or crew, but it’s a solidly made film with believable characters that doesn’t try to be anything it’s not.
That’s where A Dark Path works, it’s simple and pretty much to the point. It’s not overly complicated. It doesn’t really lay out any rules. Here’s the two main leads, here’s the woods, here’s the creatures. The ending might piss some people off, but I liked it. I won’t spoil it, but I know some people hate endings like this. For what it is, it overall works.
Release Date: September 15, 2020 (Digital, VOD and DVD)
Written/Directed By: Nicholas Winter
Produced By: Lucinda Rhodes Thakrar
Starring: Akenna Guyler, Mari Beaseley, Thomasin Lockwood, Jimmy Essex, Annabel Mackinnon, Austin Grace Long and Adrian Dimberline
Distributor: Trinity Creative Partnership
Production Company: Picture Perfect
Runtime: 77 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 (2.35:1)
Audio: Stereo and Surround AC3