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Killer Mountain

Originally released back in 2011 as a SyFy Channel original, Killer Mountain has finally found its way onto DVD, as well as digital streaming services like Netflix. Produced by Oracle Post and filmed in Canada, this eighty-five minute effort seemed a little more than what the channel usually churns out. In fact, it was surprisingly good.

A retired mountain climber is sucked into a rescue mission by the owner of a pharmaceutical company. Unfortunately the team that went up before him woke up an ancient buried force, killing almost everyone. Deception becomes the main goal of the film, unravelling the real mission they are on, and the involvement of the Taiwanese government and its interest in the company owner’s doings in the land. Thankfully the plot is simple and doesn’t really deviate much from these core concepts, and given the involvement early on of the officers, its clear some big twist is coming towards the end, leading to a well performed and shot final battle.

The acting is fine all around, only having a few bad eggs that end up dying early on, though the biggest downfall is one character being surprisingly healthy for a terminal cancer patient with only one month left to live. The panic in the opening scene revealing the death of the previous team is shot very well, something much of the film ends up being, and is a rather believable attack. The CGI creatures, which are a very minimal selection of larger ancient insects, have a good deal of detail as well, though still clearly out of place against the scenery, which looks nice despite some clips showing graffiti on the mountain side that was clearly covered up, but not well enough.

Overall, Killer Mountain was a decent flick that seemed rather void of loopholes and inconsistencies. Aside some bad acting and points where things were dragged out, it was generally entertaining. The supposed two million US dollar budget is clearly on show with nice visuals, set construction, and overall production, making this a survival Horror and Science Fiction movie that makes for a good late night creature feature.

Initial Pressing Score: 6/10
Digital review copy of this release provided by personal funds.