The Lost Tree revolves around Noah who after a serious traumatic accident, leaves his old life behind and moves to an isolated cabin to start over but soon learns about the sinister past of his new surroundings.
Instantly the movie visually looks like a drama piece, and depicts it’s surroundings to match the tone and mood of the characters within the story, this slow starting movie reflects the slow mood of Noah’s character as he works through his grievance and the slow pacing also reflects the sadness and loneliness of his character, I thought this was done exceptionally well and the musical score equally reflected the mood you were seeing on screen.
Noah’s character is very troubled and many of the things seen on screen reflect Noah’s own battle with chasing his personal demons, when Noah tries to visit this certain tree key to the storyline he is literally chased away by a force or in this case birds. A nice reflection of Noah running away from his personal demons reflected physically on screen, a very nice touch by the film-makers.
The film plays out at a very settled pace but slowly starts to increase as time goes on as it throws in the odd jump scare and tension build to keep you watching, some of the more tense moments slightly relinquish their grip somewhat in places but all the same you want to see what happens to Noah’s character.
My favorite part of the entire feature was the last 20 minutes when everything starts to really heat up and some nice little VFX are introduced to strengthen the paranormal activity that is occurring in this spooky cabin.
The Lost Tree as a whole was a joy to watch with the odd little stumble here and there that distracted me somewhat, such as a few little dubbing audio segments and a few ghosts who have learned how to text…. wonder what network carrier they’re with?
Regardless of the above, The Lost Tree is a nice little spooky tale that doesn’t over-use the jump scares but relies on mood giving cinematography, wonderfully crafted musical scores and a solid supporting cast including Michael Madsen and Lacey Chabert. A lovely little Horror-drama gem, perfect for an introductory Horror fan who isn’t ready for the gory stuff just yet!