Between The Trees (2019) Review

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Between The Trees (2019) Review

Horrorific content by adrian on February 14th, 2019 | Movie Review | Indie Horror, Survival, Mutant, Cabin in the Woods, Wilderness, Desolate

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It's about a group of guys who go on a hunting trip only to find themselves being hunted by a deranged mutant redneck.

Between the Trees was directed by Brad Douglas  and stars Greg James, Michael Draper and Jonny Lee.

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Between the Trees Review

Take The Hills Have Eyes, but remove the suspense, gore and excitement. Then take Wrong Turn, but remove the humor, gore and excitement. Take what's left over, toss out some plot details so that it has a runtime just longer than an episode of a TV show and you have: Between The Trees.

Between The Trees is scheduled to become a straight to VOD release, the kind you finally settle on after scrolling through Amazon Prime for an hour, despite feeling like it might not be a great idea. But you've wasted enough time looking and you really just want to watch a movie.

The first confirmation that you made a bad decision comes in the first 5 minutes. There's a couple having a subdued argument about their relationship over super dramatic music, the kind of music that plays during the climax of a movie about demonic possession or something. The music makes you think of Samara crawling out of a TV set or demons finally being banished from Regan's battered body, but what you see is a married couple being mildly annoyed with each other.

The movie has a running theme of mild annoyance. All of the friends on this trip are annoyed with their wives back at home and annoyed with each other for being annoyed. The script is banal, the vibe is bland, the pacing is too fast for the story to unfold or for tension to build and the story itself is predictable.

Every guy in the group is "manly" to an exaggerated degree (think flannel shirts and constant chugging from a bottomless bottle of generic whiskey) except for one, Josh. Josh is constantly whining, complaining, crying and even puking (multiple times). His unlikability persists through the entire movie, start to finish.

So, these guys are supposed to be on a hunting trip but they never actually hunt. They hike for like 5 minutes once. They spend most of their time having heart-to-heart talks about their marriages. There's a lot of angry man-crying. A lot of drama.

Between The Trees also takes place during Christmas for no apparent reason. It's not a Christmas movie, it's not even a winter movie. No snow, no having to fight the cold, no trying to get home to family, no reason for the Christmas angle at all.

Oh, and they're being hunted for some reason by a mutant cannibal guy with the weakest costume you'll ever see. You can practically see the Spirit Halloween price tag hanging out the back of his mask.

Between The Trees mutant

And there's no real effects, practical or otherwise. Nothing ever happens on camera. Nothing of value, overall, happens on camera.

Worth Watching?

No. No way. You've already wasted enough of your life just reading about this waste of bandwidth. Cut your losses and move on.


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