"Black Rock" pits three women, camping on a remote island off the coast of Maine, against a trio of
A KickStarter project, director Katie Aselton's film is actually pretty interesting, starting with the way Aselton handles the violence, and what she does and doesn't choose to emphasize. Trying to repair an old rift between Louise, aka Lou (
"Fresh air. New start," Sarah says, uttering words signifying nothing but trouble.
Before you can say "The Most Dangerous Game," they learn they're not alone. Bearing hunting rifles, three dishonorably discharged vets played by Will Bouvier,
Aselton and Duplass are married and, I suspect, of similar minds when it comes to playing around with ancient genre tropes. In his witty script for "Baghead," co-written with brother Jay, Duplass had his way with the cabin-in the-woods horror film. "Black Rock" has far less interest in games and jokes, though there's a bizarre sense of humor at work in such scenes as Abby and Louise, naked, shivering and trying to avoid getting killed, taking time to settle their old grudges before resolving to take down their present adversary. The nudity in this scene, shot discreetly and not salaciously, suggests a couple of forest sprites from "A Midsummer Night's Dream" losing their compass and somehow ending up in an