DVD Review: COUNTRYCIDE

COUNTRYCIDE was written and directed by Brett Kelly and stars Robin Hodge, Joel Elliott, Peter Whittaker, Andrew Galligan, Trevor Payer and Lee Cyr.

While on a road trip to a wedding, a young couple is forced to camp out for the night – and become prey to the wilderness, and something even more sinister.

This 2017 survival thriller follows Abby (Robin Hodge) and Mike (Joel Elliott), a couple driving cross country for her sister’s wedding. They find themselves in the middle of nowhere and need a break so they stop at a Ranger Station. This is when they meet Ranger Scott (Peter Whittaker) who comes in extremely helpful and tells them about a place where they can camp out but he also warns them about some things they shouldn’t do in the area. It is the wilderness after all. Upon arrival, Abby and Mike set up their camp site and this is where everything turns sour for them.

Mike goes missing and Abby is left all alone and her camping break turns into a fight for survival. She’s battling nature and some new injuries while lost in the woods but her bad situation becomes worse when a new threat for Abby is introduced. Tom (Andrew Galligan), Len (Trevor Payer) and Albert (Lee Cyr) show up to help and at first Abby is relieved that she’s not alone anymore. She trusts them in the beginning because they’ve offered to help her find Mike but it doesn’t take long for Abby to realize that she’s in danger because even though the sinister trio claim to be hunters – they’re hunting humans. Abby decides to fight back and in the process she finds out what happened to Mike. The odds are against her but in the end Abby gets some much needed help from a friendly face.

The front of the packaging 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 DVD disc also features some matching artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Countrycide ended up being an entertaining survival thriller but unfortunately we get too many of these kind of movies so there’s nothing really original about it. The story about these two campers in the woods felt so familiar but the rest of Countrycide was okay. Even though the plot felt familiar, it was still interesting enough and so were the characters. Robin Hodge has a lot of alone time in the movie but director Brett Kelly did a good job keeping the fast pace going because her character goes through so much turmoil before the real threat presents itself. There’s a little blood and gore but Countrycide is much more of a character-driven survival thriller than anything else. I guess the two biggest flaws were some of the amatuerish acting and the short run time. Countrycide is now available on DVD.

Distributor: Wild Eye Releasing

Run Time: 70 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: Widescreen (1.85:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 2.0

Subtitles: English

Special Features: The extras include the official trailer (01:10).

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