Blu-ray Review: DESOLATION

DESOLATION was directed by Sam Patton from a screenplay by Matt Anderson and Michael Larson-Kangas and stars Jaimi Paige, Toby Nichols, Alyshia Ochse and Claude Duhamel.

Terror Waits In The Woods. Following her husband’s death, grieving widow Abby (Jaimi Paige) journeys into the forest he loved to scatter his ashes, accompanied by her teenaged son (Toby Nichols) and her best friend Jen (Alyshia Ochse). As they wander the wilderness and reminisce, they’re struck by a rising feeling of dread: they are not alone. A mysterious, silent stranger in sunglasses — The Hiker — is stalking their every move. Suddenly, they find themselves the hunted prey in a deranged killer’s terrifying game. The nerve-shredding feature debut from Sam Patton will make you think twice before venturing into the woods.

Abby is a young mother who takes her son Sam and her best friend Jen to scatter her late husband’s ashes out in the middle of the wilderness. Once the trio takes care of this, they notice a lone hiker in the distance on several different occasions and it begins to get a little eerie for them because he never says a word when they try to speak to him. The uneasiness slowly escalates and gets extremely dangerous for them when the mysterious hiker reveals his true intentions.

The simple camping trip turns into a nightmarish fight for survival as the two woman and the kid run for their lives because the hiker is out for blood and he has his eyes set on them. It’s a game of cat and mouse between the silent predator and his prey who end up coming up with a game plan to try and escape this terrifying trip they’ll never forget. In the end, the kid not only gets to spread his father’s ashes in the wilderness but this experience also becomes a coming-of-age survivor series of who can outsmart who.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features some alternate artwork and movie credits. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Desolation ended up being a gritty survival thriller that’s packed with moments of dread. It’s a another one of those movies that takes people out into the woods where they have to fight for their lives against a crazed killer. The story was good and I thought the small cast did a great job with their characters. Things get really intense so this trio gets pushed to the limit with their emotions along with their survival skills. I really liked the killer because he never says a word which is creepy all by itself and he looked like a cross beteen country star Shooter Jennings and Jason Voorhees. No, he doesn’t look like Jason, it’s just the way he stares at his potential victims and stalks them in the woods. This is more of a dark character study so the blood and gore are kept to a minimum but there is a little of  the red stuff in a few brutal scenes.  Desolation is now available on Blu-ray.

Distributor: Scream Factory and IFC Midnight

Run Time: 76 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.78:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features:

  • Trailer (01:32)


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