After two teenage brothers manage to escape their abusive father, they embark on a journey in the hope of finding their estranged mother who has joined a sadistic cult deep in the woods of Northwestern Pennsylvania. Like Erie, maybe?

Directed and written by Kevin Ignatius (a Pitt grad) and Nick Psinakis, this story of Henry (Carter O’Donnell) and Jacob (Brady O’Donnell) finally getting to find their mother and perhaps going from frying pan at home to fire in the outside world. The performances feel very amateur in places, yet the visuals are strong with gorgeous forest scenery and solid cinematography. I wish everything else was as well-done as that, as the story both seems too fast and too slow at the same time. This is a roundabout way of saying that the pacing is off.

That said, if you’d like some wandering around in the occult-filled woods, The Long Dark Trail can lead you to that. I’d like to see what Ignatius and Psinakis keep doing as there’s definitely some talent here, even if I didn’t enjoy all of this. The effects are always pretty nice, so there are definitely moments worth watching here, despite some of the things I’ve called out.

The Cleopatra blu ray looks gorgeous and has a slide show and trailer. You can get it from MVD.

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