New Release Horror: Beacon Point - Reviewed

Mike Stec is back with a review of the recently released Beacon Point. 

Horror and sci-fi are the bread and butter of the independent film market.  Every week brings at least half a dozen new films, competing for the attention of horror junkies and bored streamers looking for something interesting to watch, or perhaps hoping to find a diamond in the rough.  Occasionally an enterprising viewer will find that diamond, or word of mouth can elevate an otherwise ignored film to buzzed-about status.  Most of these films will simply fade away or blend into each other into one big mediocre mess.  Beacon Point is one of the latest of these films hoping to avoid the terrible fate of being forgettable.

Beacon Point starts off like your average “hikers in the woods” horror flick, complete with exposition about our suspicious trail guide.  Very little that happens in the next third of the movie does much to change this perception.  In fact, very little happens at all.  Just bits and pieces that may or may not be significant to the story.  There are events unfolding, and eventually there’s a climax of sorts, but none of it seems to matter much.  The “story” is so difficult to follow that by the time it reaches its end you have no idea how you got to where you are.

We're getting ready to camp. Hopefully nothing bad happens. 

It’s clear that the filmmakers really tried to do something unique and cool here.  And quality-wise it’s pretty well done.  The acting is fairly decent for this type of film, led by a charismatic performance by lead actress Rae Oliver.  The special effects are impressive, and there are even a few good ideas scattered throughout the overall theme.  Unfortunately, none of these ideas come together into anything interesting to watch, much less cohesive.  Beacon Point is a dull, meandering mess that is distractingly hard to follow.

Beacon Point has a lot of the same problems as the majority of straight to VOD horror/sci-fi films.  There are things here and there that work great or look great, and performances that occasionally elevate mediocre material.  Due to a lack of either experience or talent, things never really come together.  The result is a film that is confusing, dull, and ultimately forgettable.  Despite whatever potential it may have had, Beacon Point takes its place on the towering scrap heap of failed indie horror and sci-fi, exiled to some dark back corner of Netflix where it will no doubt be forgotten.  Ho hum.

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-Mike Stec