10 Horrific Wilderness Horror Movies Based On True Events

9. Backcountry (2014)

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If you thought the bear scene from The Revenant was intense, you haven't experienced the savagery of Adam MacDonald’s Backcountry.

The film sees couple Jenn (Missy Peregrym) and Alex (Jeff Roop) travel to Ontario for what they hope will be a romantic camping trip to patch-up their relationship. Unfortunately for them, though, there’s an uninvited third guest in the form of a black bear who’s about to turn their weekend away into a living nightmare.

The visceral nature of the grizzly climax coupled with the various other stresses the couple face in the wilderness before the bear arrives is enough to put anyone off camping for life. However, the true events it’s based on are just as unnerving.

Though getting the idea for the film while camping with his wife, MacDonald has spoken about drawing upon details of a true story in which a husband and wife were attacked by a bear in Ontario’s Missinaibi Lake Provincial Park in 2005.

While the husband was able to fight the bear off with a knife before it dragged his wife away, the woman unfortunately succumbed to her wounds before she could reach a hospital.


Glasgow-based cinephile who earned a Masters degree in film studies to spend their time writing about cinema, video games, and horror.