Wild Country (2005 film)

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Wild Country
Wild Country (film).jpg
Directed by Craig Strachan
Produced by Ros Borland
Written by Craig Strachan
Starring Martin Compston
Peter Capaldi
Cinematography Jan Pester
Edited by Colin Monie
Release date
  • October 2005 (2005-10) (Sitges Film Festival)
  • 24 February 2006 (2006-02-24) (United Kingdom)
Running time
67 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget £1 million

Wild Country is a low budget British horror film which was shot on location in and around Glasgow, Scotland in October–November 2004.

The cast was made up of mostly unknown actors with the exception of Martin Compston and a cameo appearance by Peter Capaldi. The budget of the film was an estimated £1 million.

The film was released in select cinemas in Scotland in February 2006. The film was also screened at film festivals worldwide, including the Cannes Film Festival and the London FrightFest Film Festival. The film will get a 2007 release in the U.S. due to Lionsgate.[citation needed]

Plot[edit]

The plot of the film revolves around a group of Glasgow teenagers who, while on a hike through the Scottish highlands discover an abandoned baby in the ruins of a castle. As the group attempt to get the baby to safety a mysterious wolf-like beast suddenly appears, lurking in the darkness and begins stalking them, intent on killing the group one by one. They soon realize they must kill the beast before it slaughters them all.

The group eventually realize that the werewolf will be able to easily pick them off if they stay out on the moors, and decide to go back to the castle where they found the baby, and is also the beast's lair. After spending the night there, they create a plan to kill the monster. Kelly Ann lures the monster up a staircase and the boys push a stone down onto it. They then stab it to death with spears.

Another beast enters the castle and kills one of the group. Kelly Ann and her boyfriend Lee are the only survivors and flee back into the countryside. The beast in the castle seems anguished at the death of its partner, and the viewer realizes that the two were mates. It follows the two and kills Lee.

Kelly Ann and the baby eventually make it to the hotel where the group was supposed to meet with their guardian, Father Steve. Kelly Ann takes the baby into a bedroom to breastfeed him. The monster appears and kills the owner of the hotel and chases Father Steve into the bedroom where Kelly Ann is. He finds a mother monster feeding its pup, and it kills him. The viewer realizes that the baby was the werewolves' child and it infected Kelly Ann by biting her while she was breastfeeding it earlier in the film. In the credits, two beasts walk through a field back towards the castle while their offspring runs around them.

Cast[edit]

  • Kelly Ann – Samantha Shields
  • Lee – Martin Compston
  • Father Steve – Peter Capaldi
  • David – Kevin Quinn
  • Louise – Nicola Muldoon
  • Mark – Jamie Quinn
  • Shepherd – Alan Mchugh

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