The Retreat (2020)

Mountain-lurking creature
Do creatures lurk in the Adirondack mountains?!
Beware the Wendigo!
Beware the Wendigo!

Gus (Grant Schumacher) goes on a hiking trip in the Adirondack mountains with Adam (Dylan Grunn), his more down to earth friend. Gus drinks some hallucinogenic tea, thinks he’s attacked by a monster, fights back, murders his friend, then finally succumbs to cannibalism… after which he is tormented by a horned Wendigo and other beings.

Or… is it all in his mind?

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There’s something waiting in the mountains…

Bruce Wemple (who also made the Bigfoot movie MONSTROUS) wrote and directed this film, which you’re either going to like for the movie’s twisty, unreliable grip on what is real, or you’ll feel irritated by it because of the never-ending ‘it’s just in his imagination’ moments.

Adam gets killed, or does he?
Adam gets killed, or does he?
I liked the use of Wendigo paintings that feature throughout the story
I liked the use of Wendigo paintings that feature throughout the story

People expecting a no-nonsense creature feature will be disappointed, no doubt, but I thought the ever-more entangled mix of dreams, different versions of what might have happened, flashbacks, etc, made this little movie worth watching.

If you look closely you can see the Wendigo and one of the minion-creatures lurking amongst the trees...
If you look closely you can see the Wendigo and one of the minion-creatures lurking amongst the trees…

The antlered Wendigo, when seen, tends to be immobile and just lurks about, mainly in shadows or back-lit, though the other type of bald, humanoid minion-creatures get to rush about in the snow menacingly and are rather more effective.

The Wendigo, during its fleeting appearances, is shot in a warped, hallucinatory way
The Wendigo is shot in a warped, hallucinatory way during its fleeting appearances
One of the hairless, humanoid-things
Crawling about the mountain forest...
Crawling about in the mountain forest…
The Wendigo
A behind the scenes shot of one of the bald-headed critters

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