The latest attempt to wring some horror out of a far-flung British location, A Lonely Place To Die elects to stage its action in the Scottish highlands.

Creepy and intriguing at first, before falling apart at the seams somewhat towards the climax, this is an interesting, if deeply flawed flick.

A group of mountaineers eager to seek out some thrills decide to head into a remote part of the highlands for their kicks.

They get plenty more than they bargained for though when the five hear the cries of a young girl, leading to the discovery of a Serbian child who has been buried in a box under the soil.

Deciding to try and save the youngster, the party suddenly find themselves hunted by a group of bad guys (including rent-a-villain Sean Harris) who will seemingly stop at nothing to retrieve their prize.

Sounds pretty interesting doesn’t it?

And the truth is for the first half of the movie it is, with the emphasis very much on suggestion, suspense and the fear of the unknown.

The location becomes a character in itself, with sweeping shots of the countryside hammering home the isolation of the major characters – although it must be said director Julian Gilbey does overdo the mountain footage a bit.

It all goes wrong though in the last act, with crazy shootouts and the introduction of Serbian warlords and hitmen muddying the situation.

The other big problem is the central five characters themselves – anchored by now horror veteran Melissa George.

The performances are by no means disastrous, but the dialogue is very ropey at times and if the aim was to make the audience root for them then this could almost be considered an epic fail – in fact some appear thoroughly dislikeable.

For some reason as well director Gilbey seems to get very excited by the use of slow motion, another thing there is far too much of.

There are some neatly handled shock scenes and, as said at the outset, the film does get off to a roaring start.

But A Lonely Place To Die runs out of steam and must be categorised as a wasted opportunity.

About The Author

Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written two books, one on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014) and the other on the history of the character Norman Bates (2015). His third book, on the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker, is due in 2017.