Sea to Sky | BC Spotlight
With their best attempt at a wholesome family vacation already being sabotaged by f-bombs and baser desires, three teenage friends (Lizzie Boys, Gabriel LaBelle and Matthew Nelson-Mahoodare) are suddenly sent careening on a detour into over-the-top, gory horror in this ode to ’80s genre flicks from Peter Ricq (whose band HUMANS supplies the synth score). While their supposed parental guardian (a scene-stealing Donavon Stinson) is primarily concerned in indulging in some PG-13 debauchery with his new girlfriend (Valerie Tian), a menacing, armour-wearing matriarch (Lauren Holly) in the neighbouring cabin in the woods seems to live only to provide for her undead family. Thanks to the equal attention lavished on characters and physical comedy/carnage (courtesy of first-rate practical effects), this severed-tongue-in-cheek film’s blunt-force trauma packs all the more punch.
"Ricq’s film is gloriously simple, never overcomplicating its concept, which is basically ‘teenagers vs. zombies.’… Dead Shack is smarter than your average zom-com, and better cast… This one is a bit more ambitious than most as well, playing with concepts of 2017 Manliness (the "power five" is a plot point and the female teenager ends up being arguably the toughest)."—Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com