Eric Balfour

'Backcountry' an atmospheric wilderness horror tale

'Backcountry' an atmospheric wilderness horror tale

What can go wrong for two people stuck in the woods? Horror films in love with this conceit have suggested crazed killers, malevolent aliens, even mythical beasts.

Writer-director Adam MacDonald's modestly unnerving wilderness nail-biter "Backcountry," however, reminds with grim, grisly determination that human error and furry, fierce, coldblooded nature are all one needs to wipe the smile off any smug Bear Grylls wannabe's face, and audiences to boot.

Ostensibly based on a true story, "Backcountry" follows good-natured couple Alex (Jeff Roop), ready to impress as an outdoorsman, and nervous city girl Jenn (a superb Missy Peregrym). They throw caution to...

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