Have you ever seen the TV show The League? Do you like it? Then you may love Black Rock! Actually, that doesn’t exactly follow. The only thing Black Rock has in common with The League is Katie Aselton & Mark Duplass. Both actors, with starring roles in FX’s The League teamed up for this low-budget horror thriller with Aselton directing and Duplass writing. Skeptical that this comedic pair can pull off a solid horror film? I don’t blame you, but I’m glad to say your skepticism may be waylaid as these two seem to make a pretty good team.
Duplass’ script finds three women on a trip to a secluded island they frequented as kids. While working through some serious interpersonal drama they are thrust into a fight for survival when they won’t give some locals what they want.
This movies believable lead chemistry, tense plotline and strong female leads make Black Rock a solid film. Though it’s a simple premise, it was effective in empathetically evoking emotions of terror and despair for our leads. Is it perfect? No? Did the villains bother me at times because they seemed to one dimensional, yes. But the effective acting of our heroins was more than enough to keep me invested.
I would readily suggest this (with a caveat, see Content Warning) film to fans of low budget, well-shot & written indie horror fans. If that descriptions sounds boring or lame, skip it.
It’s important to point out that this movie has quite a bit of adult content including: language, nudity and a scene where a man attempts to rape a woman. For that reason I can’t give this the “must see” stamp of approval.