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Tense, well-acted, and at once atmospheric as well as brutally impactful, Backcountry marks a memorably assured debut from writer-director Adam MacDonald. Read critic reviews

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A couple (Missy Peregrym, Jeff Roop) on a deep-wilderness hike become hopelessly lost within an aggressive black bear's territory.

Cast & Crew

Adam MacDonald
Screenwriter
Brandon Baker
Executive Producer
Michael Baker
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Jeff Roop
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Frères Lumières
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Christian Bielz
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Critic Reviews for Backcountry

All Critics (51) | Top Critics (15) | Fresh (47) | Rotten (4)

  • Backcountry thrives in the close-quarter details: the verbal knife-pricks of a dying relationship, the jangling impact of the smallest sounds breaking silence, that dread certainty that you're completely lost and it's getting dark.

    August 28, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • MacDonald does quite well in his dramatic feature debut with solid performances from the cast. Backcountry is satisfyingly intense, although quite gory in patches.

    August 27, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • "Backcountry" inevitably brings on the bloody, but it finds atmospheric ways to depict how the bucolic hush of a nature getaway can morph into a survival nightmare for the unprepared.

    March 26, 2015 | Full Review…
  • I already think twice about going in the ocean thanks to 'Open Water' and now I'll have the same problem with camping courtesy of this disturbingly brilliant feature directorial debut.

    March 24, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A couple of weekend backpackers face off against man and beast in director Adam MacDonald's accomplished, blunt-force wilderness adventure.

    March 23, 2015 | Full Review…
  • It's beautifully tense and well-acted - the kind of modest genre picture we don't see enough of these days.

    March 20, 2015 | Full Review…

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  • Apr 30, 2020
    Another film in the "nature gonna' kill you" genre, or more specifically the "don't f*** with bears" subgenre, Backcountry is gritty and damned intense. It's known for its bear moment, but in actuality the bear is really only a final act element. Much of the film is about the young couple getting lost in the woods, and their attempts to survive. When the bear happens though, it freaking happens, and it's brutal. The film feels genuine and real, without a ton of dialogue or exposition, and large sequences of characters just figuring out how to survive. It's a survival film, through and through, and a pretty damn good one.
    Michael M Super Reviewer
  • Jan 19, 2019
    For a movie whose one thing is summed up in the Play School theme, "There's a bear in there", there could have been more bear in there. The intial contact with said ursine is magnificent though. Final rating:â~...â~... 1/2 - Had a lot that appealed to me, didnâ(TM)t quite work as a whole.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 30, 2017
    The film is well acted and has some clever atmosphere but the finale is the worthy shot of the films duration. The only real problem was the films ambition couldn't live up to the films budget, the scope just outweighs the real threat. The chemistry of the two leads is the real saviour here, you can feel the hurt when the inevitable threat comes to a head. The film is beautifully shot, you can see where the bulk of the budget was spent and that isn't a bad thing. The bear is terrorizing once the film plays that card and while the bloody moments aren't that impactful you can overlook the filmmakers for not constructing that scene better. I had heard that this was a worthy film to watch and it was a well constructed but slightly flawed film. Great indie filmmaking. 30-07-2017.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Feb 26, 2016
    Decently acted and includes a truly horrifying yet mostly impressionistic bear attack, but takes a looong time to get to the survivalist (read: interesting) part of the story. An encounter with outdoorsman Eric Balfour as a potential threat is a complete waste of time, and even though this is based on a true story I'm afraid to say there is very little substance surrounding the events to distinguish it from other nightmarish hiking tales.
    Doctor S Super Reviewer

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