There have been a number of recent horror that have been simply gorgeously shot and Ryuhei Kitamura’s Downrange definitely joins this list.
Don’t go looking for award winning dialogue in this brutal 90 minutes as Kitamura knows a shot is so much more effective.
In a nutshell we have a group of six twenty somethings who are targeted on a rural highway by a sniper. What Downrange does so well is really gives that sense of dread even before a shot is fired.
You just get this feeling that something isn’t quite right.
Ultimately this group is forced to fight back and get creative against an unseen, seemingly unstoppable killer. From that initial sense of dread Kitamura keeps on turning up the tension and the impossible odds.
This sniper is the equivalent of giving Michael Myers or Jason Voorhees a gun and an eye for a good shot, they just don’t stop with the added bonus we find out next to nothing about them.
The finale feels slightly rushed but this can’t take away from what is a stylish and brutal horror tale.
You can watch Downrange today on Shudder HERE