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Adam MacDonald

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About the Movie

In this terrifying thriller based on a true story, a young couple's romantic camping trip becomes a tale of survival as they face the dark side of nature: a man-eating bear.

Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews


  • Reviews Counted: 43
  • Fresh: 38
  • Rotten: 5
  • Average Rating: 6.8/10

Top Critics' Reviews

Fresh: For most of its 91 tense, uneven minutes, "Backcountry" plays on your nerves like a kid flicking you with a rubber band. – Manohla Dargis, New York Times, Mar 19, 2015

Fresh: A couple of weekend backpackers face off against man and beast in director Adam MacDonald's accomplished, blunt-force wilderness adventure. – Scott Foundas, Variety, Mar 23, 2015

Fresh: "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. – Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times, Mar 26, 2015

Fresh: Knowing that the situations depicted in actor and filmmaker Adam MacDonald's Backcountry are based on "true events" only makes them more harrowing to watch unfold onscreen. – Justin Lowe, Hollywood Reporter, Mar 18, 2015

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Customer Reviews

Unexpectedly good movie

Scary and a really good movie. Give it a try.

never going camping.

an excellent and genuinely scary movie reminiscent of Open Water.

A bit slow

Although missy peregrym was really good, as was the male lead, the film takes a really long time to crank up, with only moments of actually frightening climax. A saw that a critic say that this film it does for the woods what jaws did for the ocean but jaws had various scenes that grabbed you over and over with a steady build towards the climax. This really puttered along, not showing much of anything until the actual climax, which was short and underwhelming. Although it seems incredibly realistic, it just didn't entertain throughout enough for me. The acting was great and the cinematography was outstanding but it was really predictable. All in all it's definitely worth the rent but rent before buying.

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  • $12.99
  • Genre: Horror
  • Released: 2015

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