Sunday, October 23, 2011

High Lane (2009)

High Lane • Vertige (2009)

Genre: Horror
Director: Abel Ferry
Starring: Fanny Valette, Johan Libéreau, Raphaël Lenglet, Nicolas Giraud, Maud Wyler
Language: French
Duration: 90 min.
Rating: 5.3  

A group of twenty-something friends on vacation in Croatia decide to venture onto a trail high up in the mountains that has been closed for repairs.  The climb proves more perilous than planned, especially as they soon realize that they are not alone. The adventure turns into a nightmare.

High Lane is the debut feature film from French director Abel Ferry.  It is set in the Risnjak region of Croatia, and follows a group of young friends on an ill fated adventure vacation.

With an unoriginal premise, vapid characters, predictable outcome, and a villain ultimately more silly than scary, not even the beautiful setting can redeem this one.  This fits in more with low budget American straight to video throwaways than the recent French extreme horror wave.

Bonjour Tristesse


Bonjour Tristesse said...

I know what you mean.  If we are lucky there will be one good horror film every two years.

Bonjour Tristesse said...


Bonjour Tristesse said...

Me, I thought it was a rather generic looking cover.

Bonjour Tristesse said...

Just as with any region's horror films, only a handful really stand out.

-E- said...

i'll watch anything climbing-related.

d_4 said...

It's hard for me to like modern horror. It's different when it's combined with something else, drama/thrillers can be nice and stuff, but just plain modern day horror.. eh.

Biff Tanner said...

Not a bad film, but by no means is it cliff hanger.


Hermann Rorschach said...

There is something wrong with me that I want to watch this.  One helluva movie poster/cover.

Jason said...

I watched this last Christmas and was bored stiff. None of the characters were likeable and I didn't care about proceedings because they were so unoriginal. France has taken to extreme horror with much gusto but I can't say I have seen many good examples.

Hoi-Ming Ng said...

"low budget American throw-away" Yep. That's actually what I thought when I saw the poster.

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