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Backcountry the outdoor thriller of 2015 announced for October


Backcountry, writer-director Adam MacDonald's heart-stopping adventure-thriller has been secured for Australian release by Monster Pictures. Slated across Blu-ray and DVD platforms the film which has been described as doing for the wilderness what Jaws did for the ocean, follows an urban couple embarking on a romantic camping trip in the Canadian national park when they become hunting by a ferocious brown bear, will be available October 21.

A successful genre although rarely explored, The Edge, one fine example, the killer bear horror genre provides an outdoor setting with glorious landscapes and survival within a plausible survival context. Backcountry jams together primal fears with unimaginable beauty. Seasoned outdoorsman Alex (Jeff Roop) convinces corporate lawyer Jenn (Missy Peregrym), against her better judgment into the wilderness of Provincial Park to the secluded Blackfoot Trail.But after an unsettling encounter with Brad (Eric Balfour), a strange alpha male with eyes for Jenn they push on just as their path disappears and the two become hopelessly lost.
Without food or water, they struggle to find their way back, the harsh conditions bringing out the best and worst in them, pushing their already fragile relationship to the breaking point.

Super strong word from critics at festivals earlier in the year has made Backcountry a hot property. "[A] solid, well-executed testament to the horrors of the great outdoors," notes Charles Bramesco at The Dissolve.

"Solid performances from the small cast and robust visuals will be clear selling points," writes Justin Lowe in The Hollywood Reporter, "with audiences seeking the raw excitement of an elemental survival film."

New York Magazine's Bilge Ebiri praises the film for its rich cinematography and haunting atmospherics. "While there is some gore late in the film, what makes Backcountry special is the care and patience it invests in its characters and the quiet, haunting tension of its story line."