Jim and I had a minor obsession with this movie back in college and I finally saw it again, but it was no easy feat. I had to buy it used on VHS from Amazon. So, unfortunately I have to recommend something that may be a bit harder to find. But weird video rental places should have a copy and if you are close enough friends with me (and return things you borrow) you can even borrow mine… Maybe.
This is an unusual horror movie set in a makeshift colonial village set up in a cursed valley. Contrary to his own statements, M. Night Shyamalan was not the first to mix the genres. Nor did he accomplish half the atmosphere and genuine originality of this low budget lost gem. I must warn you however, that it's not without its flaws.
The latter part of the movie becomes convoluted and, due to poor editing, barely makes sense. This lends itself (unfortunately not intentionally) to the overall dream quality of the film. The imagery is sometimes stunningly beautiful and sometimes genuinely frightening and the general story is a unique one. In all, you feel like you are watching the first self financed film of a future singular voice in filmmaking.
Unfortunately writer director Avery Crounse was not to be the next Coen Brother or Cronenberg. He only has two other films to his name, including a comedy about a nerd that turns invisible and spies on girls in the locker room.