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The Force on Thunder Mountain

Force on Thunder Mountain, The (1978) Movie Poster
USA  •    •  93m  •    •  Directed by: Peter B. Good.  •  Starring: Christopher Cain, Todd Dutson, Borge West, David Fogg, James Lyle Strong..
     Thunder Mountain somewhere in the American wilderness, has a reputation that has scared away travellers, both white and Indian, for hundreds of years. Undaunted by the ghost stories surrounding the mountain, a father decides it's just the place for him and his son to go camping and do a little bonding. Strange voices and stranger footprints around their campground try to warn the pair away, but Dad is unconcerned and blithely pushes on. Eventually, however, the two come face to face with the force standing guard over this forbidden mountain.

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Image from: Force on Thunder Mountain, The (1978)
Image from: Force on Thunder Mountain, The (1978)
Image from: Force on Thunder Mountain, The (1978)
Image from: Force on Thunder Mountain, The (1978)
Image from: Force on Thunder Mountain, The (1978)
Image from: Force on Thunder Mountain, The (1978)
Image from: Force on Thunder Mountain, The (1978)
Image from: Force on Thunder Mountain, The (1978)
Image from: Force on Thunder Mountain, The (1978)
Image from: Force on Thunder Mountain, The (1978)
Image from: Force on Thunder Mountain, The (1978)
Image from: Force on Thunder Mountain, The (1978)
THE FORCE ON THUNDER MOUNTAIN is a long-forgotten B-movie that turns out to be a wilderness film masquerading as a sci-fi flick. Don't let the negative reviews and ratings fool you: if you're a fan of cult and forgotten cinema, like me, then you'll probably enjoy this slow-paced independent production. It's a film that mixes stock footage of the outdoors with a mildly supernatural plot, in a similar way to the '70s craze for Bigfoot and creature flicks.

90% of the narrative consists of a boy and his father trekking through the wilderness and occasionally encountering an inexplicable event (like marks they make on the ground disappearing). Eventually the boy hooks up with an alien, but it's all so resolutely ordinary that that part's not even worth waiting for. Instead, this film serves up a ton of grainy stock wildlife footage, so expect to see copious shots of herons, beavers, and the like.

Occasionally the wildlife intrudes upon our intrepid twosome, at which point they have to fend off grizzly bear and cougar attacks, but it's all rather ho-hum. The quality of the film is awful but maybe that's part of the charm. Needless to say the acting sucks and it doesn't help that the stilted dialogue sounds like it has been dubbed in in post production. Whatever you do, don't watch this expecting a sci-fi movie as you'll be sorely disappointed.


Review by Leofwine_draca from the Internet Movie Database.