Most mountains are dangerous. Hundreds of people have died in attempts to reach various summits around the world. Did any of those people meet their doom via mountain monsters? Not likely. But in the SyFy movie Killer Mountain, which premiered last night on the channel, that’s exactly what happens.
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Head of a medicine technology company, Walter Burton (Andrew Airlee) sends an expedition up the deadly Gangkhar Puensum in Butan. What exactly they are looking for becomes clear later on in the movie, but for now just know that the entire team disappears, forcing Burton to form a rescue expedition. But this new team has problems of their own. The natives aren’t too happy that they have trespassed on sacred ground and are expecting them to find something called Shambala, which sounds like a tropical fruit smoothie but is really a holy city hidden in the mountains. One of the team members loses the supply of the drug that keeps them alive in the high altitude, and now they only have a limited amount of time to stay. Oh, and all but one member of the original expedition has been killed off by drucks, mythical mountain monsters that resemble bizarre hybrids of a spider, a dragon, and a dinosaur. Looks like this rescue team has their work cut out for them.
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Some movies have depth, plot, character development, and a subtle but profound theme that will move viewers and stay with them long after the movie is over. And some movies have none of these, replacing them with a high body count, purposely bad acting and special effects, and general hilarity masquerading as horror. This movie falls into neither category. Where other SyFy movies succeeded by not taking themselves seriously and replacing action sequences with plot and character development, Killer Mountain tries too hard to establish a story and not enough time on the action sequences. This could have easily been another entry into the “SyFy monster movies that are so bad they’re good” hall of fame. Instead, it’s just another dull Saturday night thriller. Hattiesburg residents: The SyFy Channel is channel 24 on Comcast, 122 on Dish Network, and channel 244 on DirecTV. If you still want to see Killer Mountain, make sure to catch it the next time it airs.
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