Sarah shines her flashlight at the feral man and he reacts to the light as if in pain, jumping through a window and fleeing outside. While escorting him outside, Mark suddenly attacks Sarah and smashes all nearby light sources. When Mark leaves Sarah in darkness, the farmer attacks, but Sarah stabs him in the eye with the ignition key. The creature starts a chimney fire in an unsuccessful effort to smoke the couple out of the house. No one knows who he is and where he came from.
Mark regains consciousness and purposefully breaks all of his teeth to resume his attack. The bog beast reanimates and attacks the farmer. Mark and Sarah escape back to the farmhouse. When the creature attacks, Sarah uses the lantern oil to start a fire and burn the beast. Immediately, Mark and Sarah are a cute enough couple.
Sarah returns to the farmhouse to find Mark barely conscious. The 90-minute runtime unfolds slowly, although that long wick tapers at a natural pace befitting the quiet country setting and smoldering tone. Mark endears himself to a few locals using an index finger salute taught to him by his girlfriend. They even do not know the reason why he comes here, but they can make sure that he does not want to stay for long. They soon realize that light is their only protector, but as the sun sets and light sources dwindle, the creature becomes more powerful, and they are in a fight for their lives.
When a young couple embark on a road trip through the Irish countryside, car trouble lands them in an place that few people would choose to visit. Mark returns to the car for Sarah and brings her back to the farmhouse to help the man. Sarah restrains Mark in the bathroom after the creature blocks the exit outside. As the sun begins to rise, Sarah finds herself involuntarily squinting at the light. More interested in creeping chills than gotcha boos, director Conor McMahon and cinematographer Michael Lavelle never let scaled-down production design stand in the way of crafty camerawork making the most of unsettling atmosphere. Mark and Sarah become lost in the bogs on their way back to the car. The film revolves around the story of a strange man suddenly appeared in a small town.
While hiding from Mark, Sarah ends up bitten and is forced to amputate her own infected finger. A lesser production with intentions of only phoning it in would never go through the trouble of tending to a pool and dipping three actors in it at night. When Sarah drops Mark after a physical confrontation, an engagement ring falls from his pocket. The creature continues stalking Mark and Sarah while they take refuge in the farmhouse, using light to repel the monster. Sarah starts the tractor and obliterates the farmer into dust by running him over while the headlights shine brightly on his creature form.
. Sarah escapes the farmhouse with a lantern and hides at the burial site in the bog. The creature jumps into the water pit and seemingly drowns. Hobbled and losing consciousness, Mark works a desk lamp like a spotlight to escort Sarah to a tractor outside. The farmer attacks Mark suddenly. Mark finds an isolated farmhouse and discovers the farmer inside, stumbling in a daze and bleeding from a vicious neck wound. Some may choose to read such an effect as cheaply clichéd, while what it actually shows are filmmakers mustering determination to add production value wherever possible.
However, Sarah fends off one last creature attack by staking the monster through its heart. It can be destroyed by light, but that makes the bog beast no less fearsome as the couple is forced to fight for survival by holing up in a deserted farmhouse nearby. McMahon and Lavelle also employ a creature-cam consisting of green-tinted night vision filtered through a star effect. When something sinister is awakened from a thousand year slumber, deep within the dark bog, the couple is faced with an unimaginable evil. Not an earth-shaking introduction by any means. And since his appearance, a peaceful little town seems no more peaceful. There is nothing to prepare you for the terror that will emerge from the dark.
More than once the camera plays the trick of a flickering light flash briefly revealing a shambling shape in background shadows, except it comes off as well-positioned each time. When their car becomes stuck in the mud at sunset, Sarah is left alone to be silently stalked by the creature while Mark searches for help on foot. Sarah playfully teases Mark about a close-shorn haircut making him look like a hooligan. What Mark finds instead is a recently unearthed creature that appears vampiric in nature. Mark does not remain entirely affable, however. Earlier That Day — Mark and his girlfriend Sarah become lost while driving along a country road.
Sarah walks away from the scene only to be attacked again. With their car spinning its wheels in remote road mud and the sun setting in the distance, a surliness bug bites the boy as he barks at his girl to stay put while he searches for help. . . . .
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