Arbor Demon (2016)
An adventurous woman with a secret from her husband insists the couple go camping to reconnect. Something in the woods wipes out a group of hunters nearby, preventing the couple from leaving their tent. Secrets and supernatural stories come to light, and they must determine if the real threat is inside or outside their enclosure.
SPOILER WARNING BEYOND THIS POINT
I was really hoping that Arbor Demon would be a corny cheese fest (in the best way) of a flick, but it truly ended up being a one of a kind demented fairy tale with solid characters and a unique ‘monster’. The synopsis pretty much nails the plot of the movie in its entirety, but the poster mislead me in to thinking that the movie would be of much lesser quality than it actually turned out to be.
Arbor Demon doesn’t reveal the creature in the woods until the very last 20 minutes. The entire movie is more about creating tension in the unknown until the last act when everything is brought to the light. When I say light I mean that literally, as unlike most horror flicks, the majority of the film takes place in broad daylight allowing you to see every small detail of what is occurring.
Arbor Demon is not going to be everyone’s cup of tea, just like any given type of horror movie you need to be in to creature flicks for this movie to do anything for you. It isn’t scary, it isn’t even gory and I almost want to call it a fantasy movie instead of a horror flick, but if you do enjoy a well crafted ‘monster movie’ then I can safely guarantee that Arbor Demon does not disappoint.
Eye of the Monster
from Forces of Geeks:
Arbor Demon’s story and acting are greatly complimented by the overall look and mood of the film. The cinematography beautifully captures the remote feeling of these woods while the all-encompassing sense of dread that the film’s eerie atmosphere provides works well to up the creep factor. On top of all that Arbor Demon provides the viewer with a creative and memorable antagonist, which was realized with some fantastic practical effects and art direction.
from Media Mikes:
The story evolution helps break-up the potential monotony of your run-of-the-mill terror in the woods plotline. “Arbor Demon” isn’t going to scare you, but it does give the viewer a moment of reflection about how humanity and nature are so closely related, yet we constantly forget about it. “Arbor Demon” says a lot about gender roles when you get down to it. Dana seems to have an understanding while Charles and Sean seem to be in fight-or-flight mode.
Arbor Demon is a twisted fairy tale with a unique creature and solid performances all around. The ‘monster’ is not revealed until the last act, but it is worth the wait.