Movie Review: BEACON POINT
BEACON POINT was directed by Eric Blue who co-wrote the story with Traci Carroll and stars Rae Olivier, Jon Briddell, Eric Goins, Jason Burkey, and RJ Shearer.
Zoe has quit her job to hike the Appalachian Trail as a tribute to her deceased father. She joins a small group of inexperienced hikers for an adventure of a lifetime. The group is, Dan, recently divorced and looking for a change from Silicon Valley, Cheese, a 17 year old kid, and Brian, his half brother he has just met. They are led by Drake, a hot headed trail master with a questionable past. They are upbeat as they set out on the ten day trek through the Great Smokey Mountains. Drake leads them away from the main trail and the tourists, promising a grand adventure and sights they’d never see with the standard tour. After a gruesome discovery, they become lost deep in the mountains. The adventure spins out of control when they are terrorized at their campsite by an unseen force.
The movie follows this small group of hikers that are led by a sketchy trail guide who is on the run for something bad that he’s done. All of this is shown at the beginning of the movie so the viewer is well aware of what’s going on with this guy. They hit the Appalachian Trail and the first sign they get that things aren’t right is when they come upon this dead body laying in the woods. This is when people with common sense would head back and call the cops but their fearless guide insists that they move on. As a matter of fact, they end up straying off of the trail to get more of an intimate experience with nature and unfortunately it doesn’t end well. They set up camp on the first night and something strange happens that leaves all of them changed or altered but they’re not fully aware of this at first. What happens is they find out that they’re not alone in the woods and that there’s a supernatural force threatening them. They find themselves lost deep in the Smoky Mountains in a fight for their lives against this unseen enemy that’s taking them out one by one.
Most of the time when we watch a group of friends head out into the woods some kind of masked slasher ends up slicing and dicing them to a disgusting death but every once and a while we’ll get something a little different and Beacon Point is just that. This is an impressive indie feature that’s a combination of science fiction, horror, and even a little psycho-thriller all rolled into one entertaining watch. The movie also has elements of alien abduction that are mixed in nicely with Native American mythology so the viewer really doesn’t know what exactly is going on at first. One thing for sure and that’s never bother or steal from a Native American burial marker because some bad mojo is sure to follow. If they don’t get you, the aliens will! Also, never stare directly at an extraterrestrial totem pole for too long because that thing will just get creeper the longer you gaze upon it.
Bottom line is, I had been following Beacon Point since I first shared their crowdfunding campaign several years ago and the wait was well worth it. Eric Blue had only directed short films until Beacon Point and he did a really good job with his full length feature debut and delivered one of the better indie sci-fi outings to come along in a while. Actually, we don’t get a lot of indie sci-fi movies mainly because of budget restraints. Sure, this movie has a few flaws with the biggest one being the fact that it’s a low budget indie feature (easily forgiven) but it’s also an ambitious one as well. Beacon Point delivers a good story with some interesting characters and even some cool looking special effects to boot. Not bad at all for a low budget indie film! Uncork’d Entertainment will release the movie on VOD on May 2nd and DVD on July 4th and is worth a watch.
Distributor: Uncork’d Entertainment
Run Time: 85 Minutes
Rated: Not Rated