Alma (Ginger Gilmartin) and Elizabeth (Mary Buss) are sisters, although as sisters often are, they very rarely see eye to eye. One day they reconnect with an old friend, Wesley (Ben Hall) who they haven’t seen for twenty years and he comes to stay, but Alma’s son, Percy (Sheridan McMichael) and Elizabeth’s daughter, Rose (Danielle Evon Ploeger) both take an instant dislike to the man they consider to be a stranger.
Although the sisters soon find Wesley to be seductively alluring and they both vie for his attention. The trouble is that as Alma starts to notice things about Wesley, she starts to believe that he may be a vampire.
Climate of The Hunter is a throwback horror movie directed by Mickey Reece and co-written by John Selvidge. The idea behind Climate of The Hunter must have been to try and evoke those kinds of movies that someone may have stumbled across late one night on television in the Seventies – and it fully succeeds.
Everything in Climate of The Hunter from the wardrobe, the cinematography, the acting and even the locations make the movie feel like it was filmed over 40 years ago, but it was only first shown at Fantastic Fest in 2019. Even with this knowledge though, it’s hard not to be sucked into the cinematic world that it creates and forget about modern cinema.
These days most audiences these days may expect everything to be explained to them as the plot goes along. However, Climate of The Hunter is more of a snapshot of film making from an era gone by done to perfection and the audience today may even be able to imagine how the movie was made even if it actually did come out at that time.
Climate of The Hunter is David Lynch meets Nosferatu and if that sounds like your kind of thing then you will thoroughly enjoy it. There are no nods or winks to the modern day and the movie fully immerses itself in its aesthetic which makes it an incredible cinematic achievement.
Thankfully it isn’t trying too hard to evoke a certain period either, feeling authentic right up until the very last shot.
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