A forest ranger (Monique Rockman, Number 37, SFF 2018) encounters pre-apocalypse survivalists and terrifying phenomena in this visually stunning eco-horror from South Africa.
The magnificent Tsitsikamma National Park becomes a menacing jungle hell in Jaco Bouwer’s tale about our relationship with the seething mass of organisms that also inhabit this planet. When injured ranger Gabi is separated from her colleague and rescued by a father and son, something sinister is in the air. Having rejected modernity for a primitive existence, the father rants about humankind’s mistreatment of the Earth, and it becomes clear that this forest contains dangers beyond anyone’s imagination. Breathtaking visuals, stunning body-horror sequences and a superb soundscape create a viewing experience that is at once hallucinatory and profoundly lucid.