In my youth it was a fact that my Father didn’t exactly want me out in the sun. Which might very well explain why I had a lack of friends when growing up as well as the skin complexion of something akin to a Morlock. Yet on the other hand…he was convinced that taking me camping was a great thing. At every opportunity it seemed like he was attempting to get me to go fishing or camping. Obviously this wasn’t something I enjoyed – I would have rather been at home playing the Atari 2600 or reading comics. Apparently earlier this month, Scream Factory released a new IFC Midnight horror film entitled Desolation. It made me understand why I do not enjoy being out in nature…especially in isolation and the dark.
Desolation is the first film directed by Sam Patton. Although he has been involved in various aspects on The Purge, Last Vegas, and The Saint to name a few projects. The filmmakers take their time to get to the horror aspects of the movie. Lulling us by the real beauty of the forests around Utica, New York.
Which I think is the key to what works in Desolation, that the true horror is the worst can happen at any second. The threat in the movie comes in the form of a silent stalker known as the Hiker. This is not a supernatural entity like Jason Voorhees from the Friday the 13th series. Nor is it even a wounded soul, confused and abused like in the cult classic Sleepaway Camp. This comes down to being in the wrong forest at the wrong time.
The story for the film revolves around Abby (Jaimi Paige) and Sam (Toby Nichols), her teenaged Son, as well as her best friend Jen (Alyshia Ochse). The trio have traveled to the remoteness of the forest to scatter the ashes of Abby’s Husband. Obviously Sam as well as Abby are having a hard time coping with their loss. Things are about to get a whole lot worse though with the arrival of the Hiker.
The Hiker is played by Claude Duhamel, who you might know from 2001’s Valentine. What is the reason for his stalking of the trio? My takeaway is this is something he possibly does for fun every once in a while. Which I think makes it scarier, don’t you?
I am sad to say that Scream Factory hasn’t included any special features beyond a trailer for this particular release beyond a trailer.