Wilderness (film)

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Wilderness poster.
Directed by Michael J. Bassett
Produced by Robert Bernstein
John McDonnell
Douglas Rae
Written by Dario Poloni
Starring Sean Pertwee
Alex Reid
Toby Kebbell
Karly Greene
Lenora Crichlow
Music by Mark Thomas
Cinematography Peter Robertson
Edited by Kate Evans
Distributed by Momentum Pictures
Release dates
  • 19 March 2006 (2006-03-19)
Running time
110 minutes
Language English

Wilderness is a 2006 British-Irish horror film directed by Michael J. Bassett and written by Dario Poloni.


After the suicide of one of the inmates at a British young offender institution, a group of teenage offenders, along with a prison officer, are sent to a remote island, formerly used as a British Army training area, but now serving as a prison training area. They soon find out they are not alone on the island as some members of the group come across a camp site with two female young offenders and their prison officer. The story develops into a tale of betrayal and vengeance. Strange murders start occurring, and the boys eventually work out that they are being committed by the father of the boy who killed himself, a special forces soldier. One by one the teenagers and their supervisors are picked off, either by the father, his dogs, or by each other.



The film was produced and distributed by a consortium of independents, and directed by Michael J. Bassett, whose previous credits include 2002's Deathwatch. The story was filmed on location in Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.


Wilderness premiered at the Brussels International Festival of Fantastic Film on 19 March 2006, and its UK premiere was at the Belfast Film Festival on 1 April 2006.[1]


Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that Wilderness received positive reviews by 29% of seven reviewers; the average rating was 4.4/10.[2] John Condit of DreadCentral rated it 3/5 stars and stated that it would polarize viewers into two camps: gorehounds and genre snobs.[3] In a mixed review, Philip French of The Guardian compared it to Dog Soldiers and described its sense of justice as "arbitrary".[4] Geoffrey Macnab, also of The Guardian, rated it 3/5 and stated that it is an entertaining B movie.[5] Leslie Felperin of Variety said that the film is "schlocky", but it's target demographic of teens will enjoy it.[6] Nigel Floyd of Time Out London rated it 4/5 and described it as "taut and visceral".[7] Jamie Russell of the BBC rated the film 2/5 and states that the film has "atrocious editing and hapless direction".[8] Jeremy Knox of Film Threat rated it 3.5/5 and called it familiar yet "a cut above the rest".[9]


  1. ^ "Michael J. Bassett's Wilderness". Twitch Film. 2006-03-07. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  2. ^ "Wilderness". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  3. ^ Condit, John (2006-07-16). "Wilderness (2006)". DreadCentral. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  4. ^ French, Philip (2006-08-12). "Wilderness". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  5. ^ Macnab, Geoffrey (2006-08-10). "Wilderness". The Guardian. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  6. ^ Felperin, Leslie (2006-08-16). "Wilderness". Variety. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  7. ^ Floyd, Nigel (2006-08-09). "Wilderness". Time Out London. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  8. ^ Russell, Jamie (2006-08-08). "Wilderness". BBC. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 
  9. ^ Knox, Jeremy (2006-07-18). "Wilderness". Film Threat. Retrieved 2013-10-07. 

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