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The Retreat

2020 1h 28m Horror TRAILER for The Retreat: Trailer 1 List
71% Tomatometer 7 Reviews 37% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings
A man encounters a legendary Native American creature while backpacking in the Adirondacks in New York. Read More Read Less
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Paul Lê Nightmare on Film Street Wemple is speedily launching a trademark formula among modern monster movies — he marries the science of the mind with wild things that defy the basic laws of science. Rated: 9/10 Jul 23, 2023 Full Review Swapnil Dhruv Bose Film Threat It beats us over the head with its platitudes while painfully pretending otherwise. Rated: 3.5/10 Mar 4, 2021 Full Review Alix Turner Ready Steady Cut A potentially decent film about tension between best friends, monsters in the snow, and alternate versions of what might have happened. The only clear message is don't take drugs. Rated: 2.5/5 Feb 18, 2021 Full Review Joel Fisher Battle Royale With Cheese The Retreat may have taken on too much as by the end, the tone changes and disappointingly goes with what audiences may want rather than what would have served the story better. Nov 15, 2020 Full Review Jennie Kermode Eye for Film Wemple's command of a range of distinctive cinematic styles changes the tone between different sections of the narrative nicely. Rated: 3.5/5 Nov 12, 2020 Full Review Niall Browne Movies in Focus The Retreat is a film which takes-on the Native American Wendigo myth and delivers a truly fascinating piece of genre cinema. Rated: 4/5 Nov 10, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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Olukemi O Genuinely the worst film I have ever seen. I had no clue what the plot was at any point in the movie and had more questions than answers by the end of it, and not in a good sense. The jump scare music was awful quality which was one of the first things I noticed. Every dramatic scene used this same sound each time which is wild. This movie had some of the WORST actors and the director Bruce Wemple must’ve been high on drugs writing the script. Not sure what enabling friend of his told him the movie idea was good enough to produce but I seriously recommend you don’t waste time watching it. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 07/09/24 Full Review Audience Member How much of the Wendigo legend is true? One man while talking to his psychiatrist tries to recall the events of what happened to him A couple backpackers go to a retreat in the Adirondack mountains They hear about the Native American legend of the Wendigo monster and go about the wilderness Unbeknownst to them though something monstrous is lurking in the shadows But is it real or just their minds playing tricks on them? Much of this movie's lonely setting works because it's cut off from civilization An unsettling score helps elevate the mood But damn the movie's excessive murky lighting particularly the night scenes, a lot of it is really hard to make out Kind of a shame too this only focuses on one man alone and his sanity and solitude being pushed to the limits Having the other backpackers maybe would've been wiser But from a psychological perspective the Wendigo can be taken as a mental creation; it's not the monster that takes form it's the spirit There's a lot of confusing editing here that'll be off putting but as far as losing grip on reality it'll resonate with those whom have been on acid trips It tries to be about tension between best friends, monsters in the snow, and alternate versions of what might have happened It comes off as more of a letdown to what could've been but it's short to say the least Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 10/27/23 Full Review Logan D Two friends hike the Adirondacks to celebrate one's wedding. They encounter a creature from Native American lore. The film had a lot of potential. I enjoyed the slippery reality experienced by the lead. And oftentimes the shots of the creature are spooky. However, the plot runs thin and we're not made to care about the characters. Some of the acting is flat as well. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 09/24/23 Full Review Thomas R There is so much to like about "The Retreat," but it feels unfocused, unrefined, and incomplete. I really enjoyed the actors' performances (Grant Schumacher, Dylan Grunn, and Chris Cimperman). [There was some intangible, underneath-the-surface tension occurring that the script didn't quite flesh out.] I liked the Native American folklore monster Wendigo. I liked the ominous movie soundtrack. I love the wide-open, yet claustrophobic, cinematography of the Adirondack High Peaks. I liked the feelings of uneasiness and uncertainty caused by the delusional scenes. But which parts of the plot were real and which elements were induced by the hallucinogenic tea? I see glimpses of brilliance in Director Bruce Wemple, but he needs to sharpen his film-making skills to create a cohesive, cogent, and more polished horror film. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 07/17/23 Full Review Hugo S A backpacking trip takes a dark turn when two best friends encounter the mythic monster known as The Wendigo. The movie relies on its ambiguity to create tension: is the main character under the influence of the creature's supernatural abilities or is he simply under the influence of drugs? The viewer is taken on a psychedelic trip that remains fairly interesting due to this ambiguity. However, the journey culminates with a pathetic and disastrous ending! Rated 2 out of 5 stars 04/10/23 Full Review TheLightMudkip Personally, one of my favourite movies of all time. The initial feel of someone just surviving, changing it to a complete mind f*** for the second act. The therapy meeting, the flip of perspectives, and the question of what real and what isn't. I will admit, it could've done without Ryan's fate, all in all, great film. 8/10, should watch. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/12/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis A man encounters a legendary Native American creature while backpacking in the Adirondacks in New York.
Bruce Wemple
Ryan Sloan
Bruce Wemple
Production Co
377 Films, Traverse Terror
Original Language
Release Date (Streaming)
Nov 10, 2020
1h 28m
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