Black Mountain Side (film)

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Black Mountain Side
Black Mountain Side
Directed byNick Szostakiwkyj
Produced byCameron Tremblay
Nick Szostakiwkyj
Written byNick Szostakiwkyj
Screenplay byNick Szostakiwkyj
StarringShane Twerdun
Michael Dickson
Carl Toftfelt
Marc Anthony Williams
Andrew Moxham
Timothy Lyle
Steve Bradley
CinematographyCameron Tremblay
Edited byJames Barrett
Distributed byRaven Banner Releasing (Canada)
Monarch Home Video (United States)
Release date
Running time
99 minutes

Black Mountain Side is a 2014 Canadian indie Horror thriller and the first film released by the Canadian production company A Farewell To Kings Entertainment Company. The film centers upon a group of archaeologists who discover an ancient structure.


A group of archaeologists discover an ancient structure in the Arctic North. The associated artifacts buried deep beneath sediment and ice dating back to approximately 14,000 years before present day, at the closing of the last ice age. While the group examines and evaluates this discovery, things start to go awry: The site's native workers leave, communications fail, supplies stop coming, and the men begin to feel odd physical and psychological effects, all compounded by the solitude thrust upon them.


Black Mountain Side premiered July 30, 2014 at the Fantasia International Film Festival, where it was named Best Horror Film by the critics at Cult Montreal,[1] who stated: "Its tension and sense of isolation were unparalleled this year; it is also reminiscent of The Thing and Lovecraft's At the Mountains of Madness. It squarely plants itself in the increasingly popular genre of Canadian horror films addressing the implications of global warming and the subsequent Arctic thaw. The other honourable mentions are Eli Roth's The Green Inferno, and Mark Duplass's Creep."



Critical reception for Black Mountain Side has been positive.[2][3][4][5][6][7] Bloody Disgusting praised the film,[8] and IndieWire called it "a solid addition to the movie tradition of arctic thrillers".[9] Ain't it Cool News also praised the movie, writing "Black Mountain Side is expertly made and gorgeous to look at."[10] Film School Rejects also reviewed the movie positively, stating that "Black Mountain Side is a beautifully-shot, creepy love letter to John Carpenter's The Thing that finds its own identity amid the paranoia and bloodletting."[11]

LetterBoxd currently lists the film at 3 out of 5 stars.[12]


  • Best Feature at the HP Lovecraft Film Festival (2015, won)
  • Best Screenplay at the HP Lovecraft Film Festival (2013, won)
  • Best Cinematography at the Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival (2015, won)
  • Best Cinematography at the Leo Awards (2015, Nominated)
  • Best Sound Editing at the Leo Awards (2015, Nominated)


  1. ^ "The best of Fantasia 2014". Cult MTL. Retrieved February 21, 2017.
  2. ^ "Fantasia Review: BLACK MOUNTAIN SIDE – Film Thrills". Retrieved February 22, 2017.
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  4. ^ "Black Mountain Side (2014) VOD Review – Infernal Cinema". Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  5. ^ "Black Mountain Side (2014) Review – UK Horror Scene". Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  6. ^ "Black Mountain Side [Review]". January 16, 2016. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  7. ^ "BLACK MOUNTAIN SIDE: Film Review - THE HORROR ENTERTAINMENT MAGAZINE". November 24, 2015. Retrieved February 22, 2017.
  8. ^ Cooper, Patrick. "[Fantasia '14 Review] 'Black Mountain Side' Is a Heavy Dose of Existential Horror". Bloody Disgusting. Retrieved July 31, 2014.
  9. ^ Anderson, John. "'Black Mountain Side': Fantasia Review". IndieWire. Retrieved August 1, 2014.
  10. ^ Bug, Ambush. "Review: 'Black Mountain Side'". Ain't It Cool News. Retrieved August 1, 2014.
  11. ^ Hunter, Rob. "Film Review: 'Black Mountain Side'". Retrieved August 6, 2014.
  12. ^ "Black Mountain Side (2014)". Retrieved February 22, 2017.

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