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The Tent

There seems to be a lot of apocalypse, end-of-worldy stuff being released at the minute (see our recent review of The One Survivor of Conifer). But The Tent takes this scenario to a completely different place. Now, let’s make one thing clear; it’s not a horror movie (not in the traditional sense anyway) and not what we’d normally review. But, seeing the terms ‘thriller’, ‘apocalypse’ and ‘creature-feature’ being bandied around, I blindly went for it.

Synopsis

An apocalyptic event known as The Crisis has devastated David’s (Tim Kaiser) world leaving him to rely on survival tactics learned from childhood. Isolated and alone, David has taken refuge in a tent on the edge of the wilderness. Soon enough, another survivor emerges, Mary (Lulu Dahl), who immediately begins questioning David’s tactics and ultimately putting them in the crosshairs of “Those Who Walk In Darkness”, unseen creatures that may or may not be responsible for The Crisis.

The Tent

In all honesty, during the first half of the film I was tempted to switch it off. There didn’t seem to be a whole lot going on. The majority of the story revolved around David and Mary conversing in the tent. There was also the added threat of creatures outside whose POV was portrayed through black and white footage (similar to that seen in Dog Soldiers’ depiction of werewolves). Throw in a few random flashbacks of David’s life at the beginning of The Crisis, and some cleverly included homemade footage of him when he was younger, and I was shrouded in a cloud of obscurity.

But then…

However, the storyline did start to come together. Those flashbacks began to make sense and all the pieces began to fall into place, right up until the hard-hitting conclusion. It turned out that director Kyle Couch has done a stand up job in delivering the message he wanted to portray. It could have possibly worked better as a short movie. But, saying that, it may not have been as impactive. The acting, although initially average at the beginning, improved tenfold by the halfway point. Kaiser and Dahl both did a tremendous job in delivering the emotionally-charged ending.

The Tent

Now, I’m not gonna lie, this film left me an emotional wreck! As it progressed, you could see the direction it was heading, but that didn’t stop the huge punch in the gut that it delivered at the end. As the last ten minutes began to unfold I wanted nothing more than to cling onto the cloud of obscurity! what it was unveiling was more horrifying than any creature-feature could be.

Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think. The movie is currently available on demand, and coming soon to DVD.

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The One Survivor of Conifer

The One Survivor Of Conifer is a post-apocalyptic thriller by Writer/Director Curt Dennis. What was initially intended as a crowd-funded short movie, Dennis and Producer Max Mir opted to make it a feature film after their campaign proved unsuccessful. Filmed in just 5 days and with only 11 crew members (including cast) the movie is a prime example of budget filmmaking.

Synopsis

Survival is tough when you think you’re the last person on Earth. From getting food, to water, to avoiding the Creatures lurking in the forest. But when Austin Biggs finds a child over his radio, he becomes more than just a vocal companion. Because if Austin can’t reach the child first – the Creatures will.

From the outset, the movie gives off some strong Castaway vibes. The main difference is instead of a tropical island, it’s London. Instead of Wilson the volleyball, it’s a teddy. Instead of Tom Hanks, it’s Johnny Maya. Yet, despite being the only actor on screen throughout the movie, Maya’s likeable, charismatic approach keeps us intrigued throughout. Yes, the whole premise is very ambiguous, but we can surmise that there has been some sort of disaster which has killed off the human race and for some reason Austin Biggs is still alive and monsters are lurking.

Admittedly, there are a few issues which can’t go unmentioned. From a storyline perspective, Austin Biggs is certainly no Bear Grylls when it comes to survival. There’s no fire, no sanitisation of water and despite having access to a sheltered building, Biggs opts to sleep outside at the mercy of the elements (and the monsters but we’ll come to that later). There’s also the issue of poor audio at times. Yet, the movie does have a number of great qualities.

Maya’s terrific depiction of loneliness, isolation and wavering mental health is a testament to his versatility as an actor. This, coupled with the vocal contributions of Jonah Paull, is a great incentive to watch the movie to the end. Whilst the storyline has borrowed heavily from the likes of Castaway (talking to an inanimate object) and Bird Box (blindfold requirement to stay alive) the movie does have its own unique elements. The only material proof that there are monsters lurking is the purple goo, but Biggs’ conversations and drawings tease this out further. Director Dennis certainly works within his means. Rather than opting for poor, low budget effects, he utilises these aforementioned traits to convince us of the monster’s presence.

Summary

Overall, The One Survivor Of Conifer is worth a watch. However, if you’re expecting action or jump scares you’ll be severely disappointed. If you enjoy character-driven storylines that require you to use your imagination then definitely check it out!

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