typicalfilm – The Revenant

The Revenant (2015)

This one has been on my list since it was in theatre. Coming out while there was much Backcountry buzz in my ear, I did see the Canadian bear attack film first, and a few times, before finally getting to this. All of the talk on this was accurate and all of the praise warranted. I will say it is an awfully tiring film – not because it is on the long side or is fairly quiet – it relays a level of exhaustion endured by Glass that weighs on the viewer like no other film. What he goes through borders unbelievable but is handled unflinchingly and honestly so you can’t help but commiserate with every painful step through the winter forest. It makes me want to revisit Backcountry and Grizzly Man for the blessedly unseen by me nature of bears when disturbed in the wild. Really, a fascinating thing to see and something that will make you thankful for hot running water and shelter several times over.

typicalfilm – Don’t Go In The Woods… Alone!

Don’t Go In The Woods ¬†(1981)

A podcast I have been following, The Lament Configuration, is making its way through the Video Nasties list so I thought I’d get to a few here and there that I hadn’t seen. This post was started two months ago and got lost in the drafts so apologies for that! They have covered it since so for more of a review and play-by-play, they have that. This was also on my list as Chris from BindTortureKast holds it as one of those formative horror films so I really wanted to see it for that too. Always interesting to see those films outside of the top ten that people recall from ¬†their youth. As much as I like the bumbling bird-watcher, and the vague similarities to campground serial killers, from the time our main characters make it to civilization and medical care to the end of the film is my favourite portion. The beginning is clunkier than the rest, but I’ve certainly seen worse.