As the blurb states, Blackburn is about a carful of teens headed to a cabin, set deep in the woods of Alaska for break. None of them are really that close, but hey- whatever works, right? Unfortunately, their trip is ruined when a landslide, along with a forest fire, keeps them from reaching their destination. Instead, they have a decision to make, placing them in the gravest of danger and without a way to get home.
First off, let me say, this movie is definitely SyFy channel material. From the cheesy conversations to the entertaining special effects, this pic probably won't win any awards. There are a ton of things that just didn't work. I'm going to share about three. But first, the positives...
The movie had elements I did enjoy. The flashback scenes were awesome. From the introduction, to its time-lapsed footage, I found appreciation in the effects and audio. To me, it was the best part of the entire movie because it was haunting. History on why things happened are a must, unless it's a Japanese horror. That portion kept my attention, even if it didn't quite make sense. Also, I liked the homage paid to other horror movies. Blackburn, itself wasn't great, but I felt connected to various other horrors, even if that wasn't the movie's intent. Titles like Wrong Turn and Texas Chainsaw Massacre immediately came to mind, but it had its own theme.
Lastly, the characters were a tad bit developed with a side story. The side bit was weak, but I saw why they added it in. Quickly, I forgot its mention till later, but what was given was enough for me to understand someone's decision. Should you manage to the movie, you'll know, but... weak!
Now the negatives of the movie are easily identified as well as downright idiotic! The movie held all its usual horror idiosyncricies- a pretty blonde, intelligent brunette, inappropriate sexual encounters, "Splitting Up to Cover More Ground!" (Come on Scooby and the Gang!) and the occassional jump-scare. But what it lacked a great deal of was intelligence!
Written by Lauro Chartrand and Nastasha Baron
Produced and directed by Lauro Chartrand, Nastasha Baron & John Sereda
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