When a backpacker disappears, a trio of journalists set off to a remote Polish village to investigate. But the locals are hostile towards them, and there is evidence of ritualistic killings. And something far darker.
Before the opening credits, we have a violent death scene (reminiscent of Mario Bava's The Mask Of Satan) and it's only ten minutes before all the creepy stuff begins. There isn't as much gore as other contemporary horror films, but what is shown is effective and unpleasant. And I really liked the 'monster' make-up that appears later in the film.
The story has a twist in the final act, which I have to say I guessed beforehand. But that didn't spoil my enjoyment, and it does add an interesting element to the plot. With the wrong direction, some of the sequences could have easily become ridiculous (the fog scene in particular). But instead, the film managed to hold my interest, and it builds atmosphere and tension very well.
The whole thing is surprisingly short, at about 1 hour 20 minutes. As a film without a huge budget, it has its fair share of flaws. But overall, so long as you're not expecting something groundbreaking, it's a fun film and not at all bad for a straight-to-dvd release. 3.5/5