Black Mountain Side (2014 film)

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Summary

"There is something under the ice." Archaeologists find a strange structure in northern Canada that appears to be thousands of years old. The team members become isolated when their communications fail, and their sanity begins to unravel.

Details

  • Release Date: 2014
  • Country/Language: Canada, English
  • Genres/Technical: Horror, Thriller
  • Setting: Modern Canada
  • Runtime: 1 hr 39 min
  • Starring: Shane Twerdun, Michael Dickson, Carl Toftfelt
  • Director: Nick Szostakiwskyj
  • Writer: Nick Szostakiwskyj
  • Producer/Production Co: A Farewell To Kings Entertainment Company
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • IMDb: (link)

Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: (not rated) (I would expect the equivalent of a PG-13 or R for Violence and Profanity, and perhaps Adult Content)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacles: debateably Lovecraftian)

I've not seen this, but based on the descriptions it contains hallucinatory horror imagery involving an archaeological dig of a mysterious underground structure in the ice and snow....

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

Reviews

Review Links:

  • John Anderson at Indie Wire (C+) (link) - "Szostakiwskyj takes "Black Mountain Side" from a bleakly good-natured prelude to a dark, dark place, and a snowy arctic ending... No one deserves what happens to them in "Black Mountain Side," but... no one ever said it all had to make sense."
  • Patrick Cooper at Bloody Disgusting (4/5 Skulls) (link) - "Szostakiwskyj’s script is crafty and strong, with some moments that are downright frightening. Towards the final act, the film does drag its feet a small bit."
  • David Dent at Dark Eyes of London (link) - "...it manages to create a mounting sense of tension despite the increasingly unusual events on screen..."
  • Richard Scheib at the Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review (2/5 Stars) (link) - "while Black Mountain Side gives you the expectation of being another variant on The Thing, it seems to avoid ever getting there. You can see where it is going but the pace takes an awfully long time to develop into anything. ... the film seems incredibly vague about what the menace is, for that matter even providing any actual menace. ...what we get resembles more other Thing-influenced films such as The Last Winter (2006) and Nine Miles Down (2009) that place their emphasis on cabin fever and their protagonists descending into paranoia and mass insanity. At least, that’s what you think the film is doing but it so avoids answers, even as it arrives at its aggravating non-ending, that it proves frustrating."

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Archaeologists find a strange structure in northern Canada that appears to be thousands of years old. The team members become isolated when their communications fail, and their sanity begins to unravel.


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