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Directed by Jamie Blanks, 2009
Written by Everett De Roche

These are some expanded thoughts from this mini-review at HorrorSquad.

I haven’t seen LONG WEEKEND, Colin Eggleston’s original 1974 Ozploitation film about a couple who venture into the wild for a few days only to discover that Mother Nature’s creatures great and small don’t take kindly to their intrusion, so I can’t speak as to how different Jamie Blanks’ update on the film is. However, I imagine it can’t be too different considering the screenwriter Everett De Roche can be found over at IMDb stating, “I wrote both the original and the remake, and yes, Director Jamie Blanks insisted on a verbatim version, although I was able to insert a few more spooky bits.”  Now that begs the question of whether or not a near verbatim remake was necessary at all.  Again, I can’t attest since I haven’t seen the original for comparison, but what Blanks delivers is an interesting enough diversion from typical stories of this ilk.

I don’t think NATURE’S GRAVE, as LONG WEEKEND has been retitled by Screen Media Films for distribution in the States, is as engaging as Blanks and Roche’s last collaboration, STORM WARNING, but it’s a likeable adult take on the nature-gone-amuck subgenre. This isn’t some Syfy Saturday premiere of all animals versus all humans, it’s a scaled story of a couple going through a severe rough patch in their relationship that happen to be assaulted by eagles and ants and mysterious shadows in the water. James Caviezel and Claudia Karvan are both good in it and there is a palpable air of dread to the entire thing that I admired more on a second go, after I was no longer expecting all animals versus all humans.

Review: The Last Winter

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Directed by Larry Fessenden, 2006
Written by Larry Fessenden, Robert Leaver

It is only natural that out of the current political climate of buzz words and fought-over science a new niche would evolve; eco-horror. Not too much of it has hit film yet, but mark my words; it will. Unfortunately for director Larry Fessenden, THE LAST WINTER is not quite the sub-genre usher he wishes it were.

An oil company has its sights on furnishing US energy independence by way of tapping the Northern Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Said corporation populates a remote post with a skeleton crew to assess the viability of the environment. The mission soon drifts to the wayside as the corporate team, spearheaded by Ron Perlman(!), and the Gov’ey environmentalists tagged to the project experience symptoms of insanity linked to the location and the intrusive research being performed on ‘ole ma’ nature.

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