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'A Dark Path'
(Akenna Guyler, Mari Beaseley, Thomasin Lockwood, Jimmy Essex, Annabel Mackinnon, Austin Grace Long, Adrian Dimberline, et al / DVD / NR / 2020 / Trinity Creative Partnership)

Overview: On their way home from a party in eastern Europe, sisters Abi and Lily get lost. With no signal and an unreliable GPS, they try to navigate their way out using road signs.

Along a narrow road, through a deep forest, their front tire suddenly blows out. With no spare or cell service, they are completely cut off.

Soon they discover that this is no ordinary forest and there is a reason no cars come up here, for the locals know of what lives deep in the woods and if they’re woken, there is nowhere to run.

DVD Verdict: Sure, we've all seen the good ol' lost in the woods 'horror movies a ton before, but on a lower budget, done with some formidable camera work, here in 'A Dark Path,' well, this one actually kept me watching the whole way through.

Admittedly, it is chock full of silly, if not completely nonsensical situations and decision making, and, of course, the "monster" itself (when finally revealed) was a B-movie costume/CGI incarnation), but I guess the one thing that pissed me off the most (and this wasn't realized until the end of the film), was that the twist ending had actually already featured in the trailer!

All that aside, and even as the movie does kinda conclude very abruptly for my liking, here in 'A Dark Path' there are no clever characters, no good choices made, and everything is set up for them all to meet their maker, sooner rather than later; and yet it all works!

But if you are hoping for some back story to the "monster," sorry kids, but that just ain't forthcoming, for at no point are we presented with any folklore or mythology about why it inhabits those woods (which, for my money, would have been nice).

In conclusion, 'A Dark Place' feels like a low budget TV movie made in the late '80s, especially with the "monster" a combination of what they used to look like in old computer games crossed with the knock off cousin of Swamp Thing, but this dark (literally and figuratively) movie is worth your time if you are a fan of this genre (and who isn't?) This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.