It's their annual camping on the beach for Quinn (Rob Willey), his
girlfriend Lacey (Jules Cotton), freshly single Jen (Montanna McNalley),
Ian (Eliot Bayne), and too-horny-for-his-own-good Joey (Rob Abbate) -
which means lots of beer, weed and shrooms, and on to a trip with pretty
much an open end ... which sounds way wilder than it at first seems, all
our guys are up to first is visit their neighbouring campers, Brit Donnie
(Cameron Crosby) and Aussies Dean (James Anderson) and Chase (Ty Stokoe),
who are pretty much on the cool side - and Jen soon has an eye on Dean,
who's not at all immune to her charms ... until they are in tent together,
and when she tries to pull out of it pretty much in the last minute, he
tries to brutally rape her anyhow ... but her screams are heard by Quinn
and Ian, who pull Dean out of the tent, as good friends would, and Ian
starts beating him to a pulp - until Dean has a seizure and dies - which
really was an accident as Ian has clearly not hit him hard enough to kill
him ... and thus our campers decide to hide his body and play a charade
with Donnie and Chase until they can make a getaway. Thing is, Chase
eventually finds out, and he's a mountain of a man, so when he learns his
best friend in the whole wide world has been killed, he's not one to
listen to reason that this has to be a tragic accident that was actually
partly Dean's fault, he just wants revenge - and tries to strangle Quinn
to death as retribution - but Ian has quite a bit of pent-up anger inside
himself to turn the tides ... in a very very dangerous way ...
self-consciously playing with horror mainstays, Dark Cove is less a
genre flick and more of a character piece where you might think you've got
everything figured out time and again ... for the plot to take things in
an entirely different direction almost immediately - to the point that
there is no clear villain in the while cast of characters until VERY late.
So don't expect a formula movie here, instead enjoy its characters and the
build-up that doesn't give away its direction a minute too soon, a subtle
directorial effort totally helped by the film's locations, and of course a
very able cast.
Cool movie, actually!