Movie Review: ALTAR (2017)

ALTAR was written and directed by Matt Sconce and stars Stefanie Estes, Jesse Parr, Brittany Falardeau, Deep Rai, Jessica Strand and Tim Parrish.

A group of old friends take a trip down memory lane in the Sierra Nevadas which ends in a bloody fight for survival. Altar is the terrifying story of a group of former college classmates who get lost driving to a reunion campout in the Sierra Nevada mountains. After stopping for the night, they stumble onto something darker and must escape the evil they’ve unleashed. Not only are their lives in danger, but their souls as well. She wants you to find her…

Uh oh, it’s another group of friends headed to the woods and it doesn’t end well for them! The opening scene for Altar follows this newlywed couple who accidentally happen upon the terror that’s out in the woods and then the movie starts focusing on this group of former classmates. They head out on a road trip that’s way too long and end getting lost where they unknowingly wind up close to the same mysterious location that was teased in the opening scene. There’s also this creepy dude with an axe who warns them to turn around and leave but that warning gets ignored and eventually really bad things happen to this unsuspecting group of friends in the final moments of the movie.

Bottom line is, Altar had a lot of potential but unfortunately it wasn’t that good of a watch. The story was the best part of the movie because I just couldn’t get into this group of characters. A few of them were absolutely annoying and if they hadn’t been in the movie it would have been a much better experience. Matt Sconce delivered an interesting story but his direction wasted too much time on these unlikable characters and their extended road trip. I wish we could have gotten a few more victims, more carnage, or teases about this mysterious location to build up some interest of what’s to come in the final moments. Yeah, the last 10 minutes or so are pretty intense but it’s not enough to salvage this found footage feature. Sadly, there’s just not enough horror in this horror movie. The movie is now available on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Xbox, PlayStation Network, and on Hulu.

Distributor: Movie Heroes Studios and Distribber

Run Time: 83 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

 

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