DARK HIGHLANDS (2018) Reviews and overview

 

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‘Not everyone in Scotland is friendly’

Dark Highlands is a 2018 Scottish horror film written and directed by Mark Stirton. The Hats on Sticks production stars Junichi Kajioka (Spectre), Steve Campbell and Mike Mitchell. Brian Cox provided brief narration …

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Plot:

A Japanese artist visits the Scottish Highlands to paint but becomes the target of a sadistic killer. Alone, suffering from exposure and hunted, he must find a way to survive…

Reviews:

” …a splash panel prologue suggests there is some supernatural element to the Gamekeeper who pursues his quarry at one inexplicable remove, taking him down each night with a tranquilliser dart and even erecting his tent. There’s all sorts of weirdness going on here, lifting what could easily have been a formulaic thriller into gripping, scary, mind-scrambling horror territory.” British Horror Revival

“Either despite or because of its goofier scenes, though they do not make for the smoothest viewing experience, it is a rather strong horror film. The film keeps up a good pace, particularly once ‘Iteration Two’ starts. Plus, the music helps build up the tension and atmosphere, along with the direction and the performances on hand.” Cryptic Rock

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Cast and characters:

Junichi Kajioka … The Artist
Steve Campbell … The Gamekeeper
Mike Mitchell … Ghillie
Michael Grant Clark … Rescue Worker 1
Brian Cox … Opening Narrator
Aria Morrison-Blyth … Female Student
Fraser Napier … Male Student
Jane Nyokabi … Nurse
Lucy Philip … Female Hiker
Alistair Ritchie … Male Hiker
Faustas Talacka … Rescue Worker 2
Barry Thackrey … Jogger
Mark Wyness … Driver