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  • Going into Desolation I had no idea what to expect, it was a nameless pick & mix movie for me.

    It tells the story of a pair of friends and a teenage boy who go hiking in the woods only to be stalked by a mysterious figure in black.

    It's very paint by number stuff but is done well enough to be entertaining.

    Our delightful stalker has no gimmick, he has no motivation and I really didn't like that. This Rob Zombie looking git had no character at all which hurt the film.

    Ultimately it delivers provided you aren't seeking originality or surprises. Its copy and paste the movie with every cliche in the book, but is just good enough to get past that.

    The Good:

    Well made

    Fairly tense

    Decent finale

    The Bad:

    Nothing original

    Dull antagonist

    Things I Learnt From This Movie:

    Maybe the killers motive was that kid being really annoying
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    Even if you can't come up with an exact title or two as proof of your conclusion, I am pretty confident that while watching "Desolation", you'll be saying "I have seen this basic story before." Needless to say, this saga of innocent people being stalked by a madman in the woods is sorely lacking originality. But it probably could have worked again, albeit in a somewhat familiar sense, if the filmmakers had added some spark. However, there is no real sign that the filmmakers were trying to make this stand out from the rest of the movies in the backwoods slasher genre. It takes forever for the movie to get going, with more than half of the movie going by before the protagonists find they are in serious trouble, with the movie padded out with inconsequential footage right up to that point. And when the protagonists start to flee for their lives, there is pretty much no tension or suspense. The movie just seems to be going through the motions weakly. One main reason for that is that the stalker is a pretty boring figure; he doesn't talk, just stands around and watches a lot, and has no apparent motivation for why he's doing what he's doing. About the only thing the filmmaker manage to do is make the movie look okay for its low budget; it's fairly well shot in scenic locations. Apart from that, this is pretty much a misfire, and I would have given it a much lower rating had it not just been 76 minutes long. You'd be better off seeking a copy of the 1977 Canadian backwoods horror movie "Rituals" instead.
  • This is a decent film. There's not a whole lot that's memorable about it, but it's not terrible by any means. There's a good chemistry between the two lead actresses and the actor who plays the son holds his own. There are a few moments of decent tension throughout, but nothing that really made me jump or put me on edge. Depending on who the viewing audience is, I think it could be rather effective.

    I liked the fact it didn't follow all the standard tropes you might expect something like this to fall into. That was a pleasant surprise for me. The movie moves along at a good pace and the short runtime is actually to its benefit. I think any longer and there would have been too many 'hurry up and get moving' moments.

    It seems this was done on a lower budget and there are times when it's obvious, but it doesn't affect the story so I can give it a pass when it comes to those moments. I'll warn you if you're a gore hound and looking for a lot of gore, this film has next to none. If you're looking for everything to be telegraphed and laid out for you, you may not enjoy it. There's a lot left up to the viewers to figure out and piece together. But, it's a horror/thriller and I personally don't really need everything explained, I can just go with it. I know that's not the case for everyone. So, be warned, if you're that type of viewer, you might want to skip it.
  • Nothing really new here except I don't think that I've ever watched a movie where the protagonists decide to go to sleep when they know they're being stalked through the woods as much as this group did...who would be able to sleep?!?!

    The small cast did good with what they were given. The initial set-up was tense enough and the killer was somewhat interesting in a mysterious way when he was kept farther away from the group.

    But as soon as the killer reached their campsite, the characters start doing dumb things and the killer wasn't so interesting anymore. I was surprised he was able to attack anyone in the dark woods considering he never took his sunglasses off! He had a very blank expression on his face throughout the movie and the most emotion that comes from him is when the kid breaks his sunglasses LOL!
  • The plot is 2 women and one of their sons goes to the woods. They are stalked by a guy for no known reason no explanation and virtually no interaction. Things go bad and then there's an ending. And that's it.
  • Look, I love a good scary movie. I'll be the first to admit that I even like bad scary movies. So I figured, what the hell, I'll watch this on Netflix. It's bad but not in a good way. The "bad guy" just lingers in the distance, does not have one single line of dialogue, and has no apparent motivations for doing any of what he does through the movie. The relationship between the mother and son is good, but that's the only positive thing I have to say about this. I was bored and actively wishing the movie would end. Also, Mr. Bad Guy, who wears sunglasses in the forest at night? What's your deal? You were so boring but also so intriguing. What even is this movie? Skip it.
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    This is just a bad movie not worth your time to watch. Bratty kid. Over protective mom. Bad influence friend of mom. Innocent hiker trying to stop them from littering by murdering them.

    Save yourself an hour of your life and do something else.
  • You'd have to be desperate to watch this so-called horror movie. The 13-year-old boy had no personality, which might be why you don't care what happens to him. There was definitely something wrong, this should have been a nail-biter. Rather than take sleeping pills, watch this flick, you'll be asleep in no time. The best lines were given to the stalker...he didn't have any.
  • karma-082185 June 2018
    This definitely isn't the best film out there, but it wasn't terrible. It had some good tension and I got a good creepy vibe from the antagonist throughout the movie. There is really no explanation for him, but I didn't mind that. Who knows what kind of creepy people lurk in the woods in the middle of nowhere after all?

    The acting is decent though the characters make some painfully questionable decisions. This is probably the most irritating part of the movie. I liked that it has a short running time so they don't keep drawing out the situation. This helps the movie.

    It's not winning any awards, but it's definitely not the worst movie out there.
  • Saw 'Desolation', being fond of horror/thriller regardless of budget (even if not my favourite genre) and being intrigued somewhat by the idea. Being behind on my film watching and reviewing, with a long to watch and review list that keeps getting longer, it took me a while to get round to watching and reviewing it.

    Giving 'Desolation' a fair chance with being interest and apprehension, it turned out to be far better than expected. Won't say that 'Desolation' is a great film because it isn't (pretty weak actually) and the potential, while not wasted, is not fully lived up to. Considering the large number of films seen recently being mediocre and less and wasting potential, was expecting worse and was relieved that while wanting in a fair few areas it was actually marginally better than most recent low-budget viewings.

    'Desolation' started off quite well, the first twenty minutes or so starting the film off on a promising, unsettling and atmospheric note that really does intrigue.

    Production values did have some eeriness and nowhere near as cheap as expected, and the music, which not the most memorable in the world, didn't detract from the atmosphere.

    The setting is effectively spooky. There are spooky and suspenseful moments.

    However, the story was severely wanting in especially the second half after starting off promisingly for the first twenty minutes. It is very disjointed and gets dull and uneventful too early after the promising start. The final third especially loses atmosphere, one loses interest and things start to not make sense and gets increasingly jumbled. Too much of the film is vague and doesn't explore some elements and story strands enough (motives are underexplored or absent for example), some dropped soon after being introduced, go nowhere or serve much point.

    Ending is unsatisfying, on top of feeling hasty there are too many loose ends hanging in the air. Got the sense that the writers didn't know how to end the film. Would have liked much more tension and suspense, scares could have been more consistent and much more and generally weren't surprising enough.

    Found too the script to lack natural flow and with a bit of cheese going on, and the characters bland with some adopting some annoying and not always logical decision making. The support acting in particular is even more problematic than the second half's storytelling, at best it was poor and too often terrible.

    Overall, weak but could have been worse. 3/10 Bethany Cox
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    I mean seriously how boring is it to have a man following you around and by the end you have no clue what his real purpose was in the movie. Waste of time I can never get back. It was free on Netflix. Which to me Netflix has gone down hill with stupid movies and shows.
  • It was so bad, that we laughed, thinking did we really just waste time of our life on this. Do not waste your time.
  • I figured I'd give this movie a shot. Three words...waste of time. Sort of formulaic with a twist. If a weirdo is following you in the woods, why be so nonchalant about it. Head for home....quickly!!
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    234. Desolation. Another film that proves camping is stupid. So we have two women that look a lot like Laura Linney, two besties, and they are hiking up a mountain with LL#1's son, who looks a lot like Mike from Stranger Things. They're hiking up the mountain to spread the ashes of LL#1's husband, and father to Mike. Aww... However along the way, they seemed to have picked up a stalker, one that looks a lot like Rob Zombie. The first night out, the LL's engage in extremely illegal activity... they drink wine, and thanks to a geocache, smoke a joint, even worse tho... when packing up the site LL#2 leaves the empty bottles of wine back at the campsite. And now we enter the why phase. It seems Rob Zombie does not like litter bugs, and well LL#2, she's the first to die. Wow, spoiler alert much? Then of course Rob turns his attention to LL#1 and son Mike. I won't ruin the rest of the movie for you, but I'll say Rob Zombie must not have seen Stranger Things cause he doesn't realize Mike is wicked smaht, and the movie was pretty bad. :) There's no chemistry between the characters, and lolzzz... they kind of rip off Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, Feldman ending.
  • I guess when you are setting out to make a "dead camper" type horror movie you should really pay attention to the impact the killer or stalker will have on the overall affect. We find out in the first few minutes that this mute dude seems like he got lost in the woods coming home from a rock concert and is to shy to ask for help finding his buddies. Any horror movie creep or killer that you feel like you could just walk up to them at any time and say hey $#@ head take a hike, is not very intimidating. I think had they cast a better stalker this movie would have received much higher grades.
  • I love scary movies that take place in the woods which is what drew me to this. It starts off slow and actually builds to some scary stuff then goes right downhill into totally stupid. Its just ridiculous how this movie goes.
  • NicholasMCG26 January 2020
    The script is so one layered and even the conversations if you listen, don't actually make sense between the characters and it sounds like they're reading right off a page. The setting is very cool, and the actor playing the son is the most likable in the script. But it felt like the Director just filmed straight from the page and didn't give a hoot about making it natural.
  • A woman, her son and a friend of hers take the ashes of her recently deceased husband to the top of a mountain they use to frequent. Things go well until a strange man wearing sunglasses begins to stalk them.

    This one is a slow burner with some decent dialogue and character building but remains mediocre as far as the story goes. A couple of parts may make you cringe and you may wonder how this guy can see out of his glasses at night, but just keep an open mind.

    Nothing too earth shattering but not completely boring either.
  • donaldlyles15 December 2019
    Some people are not cut out for making movies. Bad acting, bad directing and bad everything else!
  • I guess if you view it as "how close is it to the title" you may give it a way higher rating. Then again, not to mention that it doesn't start off that bad, would be an omission and a disservice to the movie (and the actors). I really tried hard to like them (especially because of the relationship between the characters and how it is established).

    Unfortunately it does not go a long way. Quite the opposite is the case. When ... evil appears everything goes south. Well almost everything, but enough to make you wonder if you should continue watching. Illogical behavior is not new in horror movies, the extend varies though. And of course it will depend on the viewer on how much disbelief he allows himself and the movie to indulge in ... this one clearly crossed a lot of lines for me. Not really recommendable
  • thedogwithoutaface16 September 2021
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    A very generous 1 star from me.

    This film is just awful.

    The premis of the film is just a mother and her son along with their friend going to scatter some ashes. The random killer just appears in the distance and has no motive. He follows them in complete silence and doesn't say a single word the entire film. Even at the point where the mother and some kill him in the end there is no fighting back dialogue. Who wears sunglasses in a dark forest at night.?. This lunatic apparently. That's actually the craziest thing about this mad man. The only thing I can pick out is that it's like a coming of age film for the son as he is the one that ultimately kills the bad guy defending his mum. He did the job his dad would have done.

    Overall terrible film and not really worth the watch. Avoid!!!!
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    You can tell there wasn't a lot of money behind this movie and the subject has been done to death but this is a well constructed and well acted thriller, that also manages to operate as a sort of coming of age story.

    The setup couldn't be more simple. A woman, her son and a family friend go camping and encounter a deadly stalker. What happens after that isn't so formulaic (other than the death of someone). I liked the acting. The trio behaves very naturally, not a lot of overreacting and carrying on like you see in a lot of slasher movies. AND there is a sub-plot, the husband and father has recently died and now the mother and son are trying to adjust to life without him. Toby Nichols is very effective as the son who now wants to be taken seriously as the 'man of the family'. He and Jaime Paige make a very believable family unit. Alyshia Osche adds some charm as the family friend. Claude Duhamel who plays the stalker is sufficiently creepy.

    This kind of stripped down story and production makes it have a sort of 70s vibe. I liked where they went with the story. The mother and son behave like they are desperate but they aren't idiots and though they make the type of missteps people in a panic inducing situation would make, they prove very resourceful. I also like that the film makers didn't resort to a Horror cliche I truly hate, the false ending.

    On a side note, the one song in the movie, 'Memory' really works. The stalker uses it to creep out that campers. It sounds like a song from the 40s so I checked. Nope, written in 2013 and you can pick it for 5 bucks as a digital download.

    Anyway, I liked the movie. I give it a 7.5 and round it up a half point to compensate for the idiots on IMDB that live to trash movies. 'Desolation' is a good littler thriller and at 116 minutes, it flies by. Definitely worth a watch.
  • sgimera-3491730 December 2019
    Not bad acting but the story didn't mesh at all. I preferred "Backcountry" as a similar movie featuring a murderous bear instead of the stalker that strolls through this slow moving "horror"?
  • davidsobina5 June 2018
    I am always drawn to movies that take place in the woods. Not totally sure why! Anyway, this movie was... OK. I wish they were planning out characters and story line better, they could have gone a little deeper than "Creepy Dude in the woods who doesn't talk". Come on... that's just lazy writing. And it looks like they dresses him with photo booth props . Overall it was borderline watchable...
  • karlaanderic-411284 December 2018
    This movie is good except for one major thing. Reasoning. There is none. There is just one small plot with no reason behind it. I am not going to spoil anything about this movie so I will say this, if you have time to kill this is not the worse movie to pick but it far from the best.
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