IMDb Rating
Wilderness VideoCover
There Is Something More Evil Than Evil Itself
Directed By
Michael J. Bassett
Produced By
Robert Bernstein
John McDonnell
Douglas Rae
Written By
Dario Poloni
Sean Pertwee
Alex Reid
Toby Kebbell
Karly Greene
Lenora Crichlow
Music By
Mark Thomas
Peter Robertson
Editing By
Kate Evans

Distributed By
Momentum Pictures
Release Date(s)
March 19, 2006
110 minutes
Flag of the United Kingdom United Kingdom
Wilderness is a 2006 British-Irish horror film directed by Michael J. Bassett and written by Dario Poloni.

Plot Edit

After the suicide of one of the inmates at a British young offender institution, a group of teenage offenders, along with a prison officer, are sent to a remote island, formerly used as a British Army training area, but now serving as a prison training area. They soon find out they are not alone on the island as some members of the group come across a camp site with two female young offenders and their prison officer. The story develops into a tale of betrayal and vengeance. Strange murders start occurring, and the boys eventually work out that they are being committed by the father of the boy who killed himself, a special forces soldier. One by one the teenagers and their supervisors are picked off, either by the father, his dogs, or by each other.

Cast Edit

  • Sean Pertwee as Jed
  • Alex Reid as Louise
  • Toby Kebbell as Callum
  • Stephen Wight as Steve
  • Luke Neal as Lewis
  • Ben McKay as Lindsay
  • Lenora Crichlow as Mandy
  • Karly Greene as Jo
  • Adam Deacon as Blue

Production Edit

The film was produced and distributed by a consortium of independents, and directed by Michael J. Bassett, whose previous credits include 2002's Deathwatch. The story was filmed on location in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Release Edit

Wilderness premiered at the Brussels International Festival of Fantastic Film on 19 March 2006, and its UK premiere was at the Belfast Film Festival on 1 April 2006.

Reception Edit

Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that Wilderness received positive reviews by 29% of seven reviewers; the average rating was 4.4/10. John Condit of DreadCentral rated it 3/5 stars and stated that it would polarize viewers into two camps: gorehounds and genre snobs. In a mixed review, Philip French of The Guardian compared it to Dog Soldiers and described its sense of justice as "arbitrary". Geoffrey Macnab, also of The Guardian, rated it 3/5 and stated that it is an entertaining movie. Leslie Felperin of Variety said that the film is "schlocky", but it's target demographic of teens will enjoy it. Nigel Floyd of Time Out London rated it 4/5 and described it as "taut and visceral". Jamie Russell of the BBC rated the film 2/5 and states that the film has "atrocious editing and hapless direction". Jeremy Knox of Film Threat rated it 3.5/5 and called it familiar yet "a cut above the rest".

Videos Edit

Wilderness - Movie Trailer01:59

Wilderness - Movie Trailer

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