VOD REVIEW: LGBTQ+ horror flick entertains, but isn’t cutting edge

This social justice horror flick has a lot going for it, and The Retreat is an interesting foray into horror social commentary.

But this story of a lesbian couple who are terrorized by serial killers at a gayBnB cabin just doesn’t ever seem to go far enough.

I think of films like I Spit On Your Grave or Last House On The Left, where the baddies get their comeuppance for their misdeeds, but this film all plays out a bit too safe and standard.

It becomes clear early on that same-sex couples who visit the cabin are killed because of their sexuality, as the murderers harbour some intense hate. But it’s pretty by-the-book storywise, providing no real surprises.

Visually interesting, it’s a strong work from director Pat Mills, but writer Alyson Richards just doesn’t have the chops to make this screenplay sing.

The performances – especially from Sarah Allen and Tommie-Amber Pirie – are good, but the most noticeable name is Aaron Ashmore’s, which says something.

The Retreat is diverting, but never quite hits the marks it should. It always stops short of terrifying and is too safe to be real social commentary.

2.5/5 Stars

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