To use a phrase from my friend Greg Behrendt, I love the fact that the father is ripped like Jesus. Beautiful added imagery.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Eerie note: that wood should not be all new growth like it is. It is wilderness, it’s nay been cleared. (Nay, it’s hasn’t. 😉) Yet it’s all pretty even new—20 yrs or so—growth of trees, deep into the forest. Once I saw that, I couldn’t unsee it, and it fair gave me the creeps. Not natural, and I loved it—perfect touch to the whole vibe of the film.
A love letter to 1970’s and early 1980’s horror, right down to the opening credits. The lead even looks like Jill Schoelen!
One thing, though: the unrealistic over-solicitous, momma attitude of the 911 operator took me out of the storytelling. Unrealistic, not to mention annoying,—the delivery of those words in real life would have been brusque and quick. I was not at all surprised to find, then, that the voice was performed by none other than Lena Dunham.