Reviewed by: Chris Hammond
Stephanie Le Feuvre
Lilian Langston … producer
Taylor’s Lennox’s father passes away unexpectedly. Then Taylor inherits all of his father’s property, including a tiny lake house in Montana hidden in the wilderness. Soon after, Taylor and his new bride Ann decide to honeymoon by the lake for some much-needed rest and relaxation. But as the two begin to settle in, things are not as serene as they thought. There’s no one around. The forest is almost too quiet and they soon encounter an overbearing neighbor named Chuck, who likes to wield an ax.
This Struggle Bug Production is the first full-length feature by the company. Co-Writers/Directors Andrew Bassett and Lilian Langston do a formable job on their first film. The location in which the film is shot. They take the audience on a thrill ride from a tranquil lakehouse location and slowly transform this into a location of utter insanity. Bassett (who spent a majority of time behind the lens), did a great job of making the forest and wilderness its own character in the film. His use of the natural scenery that is available to him in Montana is a major plus in drawing the viewings in and connecting with them on a visual and storytelling level.
While the only thing I had to go on before viewing the film was the Blu-Ray cover art and the title of the film, I thought “oh another indie slasher film”. On the surface sure this is how the film first progresses. The film has much more going on and the title “Loon” actually is more focused on the bird and how it has different calls. The yodel, the wail, and the tremolo. We are introduced to these calls at the beginning of the film and if viewers listen carefully the calls can be heard throughout the film. This was a great way to keep viewers interested in the story and its characters.
The film starts as a slow burn with the first act really relaxing the audience and once the fun begins, it does not let up until the final credits roll. The story swerves viewers a couple of times throughout, with the ending literally leaving viewers questioning what it meant.
The film is a thriller, a horror film, a slasher, but beyond this, it has solid acting, amazing cinematography, a great score (by Jake Birch), and an intriguing story. This is a worthwhile 75-minute’s of escapism, just stick through the first act and you will be pleasantly rewarded.
The Blu-Ray features audio commentary with Andrew Bassett, Lilian Langston. There is also a trailer and a blooper reel. The movie is presented in 1080p resolution, 16:9 widescreen, all-region release, and is not rated (including the extras).
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