Beauty and the beast
An oddly assorted bunch of guys and gals gather for a night of drinking, and whatever, at Merrymaker Campgrounds, each with personal reasons. These aren’t big name actors, with the exception of Larisa Oleynik, teen idol in the 1990s, who has a modest role and reminds us that we don’t see nearly enough of her. She plays the lead character. She owns this part.
We’re led to believe the campers are threatened by a dangerous animal, but we anticipate something bigger; something supernatural, even. Bigfoot, maybe? An important detail that motivates a lot of things characters do is linked to a book Christian Oliver’s character wrote, relating the tragic events of the camping space Oleynik’s character works at.
The acting is fine. The dialogue is interesting. The cinematography is competent, but the lighting can be problematic. Night scenes are overexposed, to compensate for just how dark this film is. This creates a distance between us and the protagonists. The day scenes are better. You can’t guess what kind of budget the creators had, because they used it wisely. Nothing’s missing. Nothing’s cheap.