Lost Gully Road (2017) Movie Review

Director: Donna McRae

Writer: Donna McRae, Michael Vale (Screenplay)

Starring: Adele Perovic, John Brumpton, Jane Clifton, Eloise Mignon, Alexander Capper, Lewis Revell

Plot: Lucy travels to an isolated house in the forest to wait for her sister. They have worked out a risky scheme for their future and all she needs to do is sit it out. However a sinister presence may have something different in mind.

Runtime: 1 Hour 20 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Slow Burner

Story: Lost Gully Road starts when Lucy (Perovic) heads to a isolated house in the forest to get away from the pains of life, her sister Cassie (Mignon) is checking up on her, warning her to stay away from her phone and enjoy the nature environment around her.

As Lucy stays at the house for longer, she learns of a sinister presence within the walls, one that starts out friendly and with the pressure of an impending unwanted visitor, things start to spiral out of control.

Thoughts on Lost Gully Road

Characters – Lucy is the woman escaping from her life, she is trying to stay off the grid because of why she is running, as we learn more about the person, she is running from through the phone calls with her sister. She learns that the house has a haunting spirit in it which she must deal with the ever increasing level of aggression coming her way. We only get a few more fleeting characters, with the housekeeper, shopkeeper and Cassie the sister on the phone.

PerformancesAdele Perovic is the person that needs to carry this film with her performance, for the most part she does well without being able to get an impactful scene.

StoryThe story follows a young woman on the run from her past, her hiding place is off the radar, which happens to be where a sinister presence is waiting for a visitor. The story slowly gives us details of both the incidents going on, first why Lucy is on the run, which get revelled through phone calls with her sister and the secrets of the house from what Lucy discovers, it is a nice way to show us how everything is unfolding without just relying on the haunting side of the film, it does add up, even if it does feel like it could have been extended more.

HorrorThe horror in the film comes from seeing what is happening to Lucy, everything starts to get bigger as time spent in the house goes on longer.

SettingsThe film does use the singular location to show how Lucy is isolated and could have a threat coming from any angle.

Special EffectsThe effects are used to show what is happening to Lucy, most is off camera material.

Scene of the Movie – Escape the room.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – While the hints are small, they are very much blink and you miss them.

Final Thoughts This is a nice little horror that slow builds up to a big incident which we don’t get disappointed with.

Overall: Nicely Slow Built Horror.

ABC Film Challenge – Anticipated for 2020 – Q

ABC Film Challenge

Anticipated for 2020


The year 2019 is coming to a close and it is time to look ahead to the new year, through December the subject is the films I am looking forward to seeing, hopefully I will be able to select one film for each letter even if we dive into actors, directors or themes. Join in if you want and let’s get this conversation going about the next hopefully wonderful year in film.

A Quiet Place 2

Stars – Emily Blunt, Cillian Murphy, Noah Jupe

SynopsisUnknown sequel