Backcountry (2014)

Alex (Jeff Roop) and Jenn (Missy Peregrym) are heading out for a camping vacation. Alex is eager to show Jenn the Blackfoot Trail, a wild paradise he remembers from his childhood. When they arrive, they find out the trail is closed due to disrespectful campers, but they decide to head out with a stern warning from the park ranger (Nicholas Campbell). Canoeing and skinny dipping are on the schedule, but when the couple meets a rough stranger named Brad (Eric Balfour), the trip takes a dark turn. Despite signs that this trip may not be the best idea, Alex and Jenn forge on, and old baggage between them comes with them. When they get lost, anger, fear and a persistent bear force the couple to make unthinkable choices.

Backcountry is a harrowing survival thriller that combines gory special effects and edge-of-your-seat turns as Alex and Jenn try to find their way out of the forest. Director Adam Macdonald based the film on the true story of a 2005 bear attack in northern Ontario. With great performances by Peregrym and Roop, Backcountry shows how vulnerable we are against the forces of nature.

Review by Carolyn Mauricette


Eric Balfour, Jeff Roop, Missy Peregrym





Canadian connection

Writer/Director Adam MacDonald
Powassan, Ontario and Caddy Lake, Manitoba
Adam Macdonald debuted both Backcountry, his first feature film, and Pyewacket, his follow-up, at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014 and 2017.