Fair disclosure: I saw backcountry in September at the Calgary International Film Festival. It played there as a film made by a Canadian crew – including Alberta director Adam MacDonald – and because it was really, really good. My CIFF review follows the jump.
One of the more interesting movies I saw at the Calgary International Film Festival last fall, was Backcountry – an unusual horror story in which nature is the real horror.
Backcountry is the first film from Canadian writer/director Adam MacDonald and stars Missy Peregrym (Rookie Blue),Jeff Roop (Heartland) and Eric Balfour (Haven). Check out the official synopsis following the jump. Backcountry opens on March 20th.
Over its first three seasons, Syfy’s Haven (Fridays, 10/9C) has quietly built itself up as a consistent, weird, high-quality supernatural series – the network’s best series after the soon-to-end Warehouse 13. After a cliffhanger ending that left the town of Haven suffering from a deadly meteor shower and two of its three lead characters disappearing into god only knows where, the series returns with a time-shift, a few answers, new questions and a couple of intriguing new characters.
With Syfy’s Haven (Fridays, 10/9C), beginning its third season on Friday, having quietly become one of the best genre series on television, it only made sense to spend an hour listening to the show’s stars – Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant and Eric Balfour talk about the upcoming series – and just generally have a great time (seriously, I can’t think of another show whose cast has this much fun talking to bloggers/journalists). Moments of sanity – and additional information – are also supplied by Lloyd Segan
And why not – Haven’s audience has grown from season-to-season and the new season’s first two episodes are terrific!
The accompanying blurb with the screener of the second season finale of Haven [Syfy, 10/9C] says that it ‘comes to a shattering conclusion when ghosts rise from the dead – revisiting the living, bringing shocking revelations and seeking revenge.’ This is not hyperbole.
It’s strange – even the worst television series seem to be more entertaining when they do a Groundhog Day episode. Which makes it inevitable that a good and continually improving series like Syfy’s Haven [Fridays, 10/9C] would produce a really good one.
Much has been said already, about Syfy’s new series, Haven [Fridays, 10/9C], which premieres this evening. It’s based, loosely, on a short novel by Stephen King – The Colorado King – that featured an unsolved mystery in a town filled with very unusual people.
Into this small town comes FBI Agent Audrey Parker [Emily Rose], who has been assigned to find a local escaped convict. The convict, naturally, has died in what would normally look like an accident if it weren’t for a couple of annoyingly frustrating details. On her way into town, Parker is almost killed when the road in front of here crumbles away, but is saved by Nathan Wuornos [Lucas Bryant], a local detective – a favor that will be returned by the end of the first act.
Syfy’s new series, Haven may have sprung from the mind of Stephen King, but its premiere episode [due to run at 9/8C, July 9, 2010] is being shepherded to the small screen by Adam Kane [The Mentalist, Heroes, Pushing Daisies]. Details from the press release follow the jump.