High Lane is another well-executed French thriller that earns a modest round of applause from yours truly. It’s kind of a two-fer, since the terror stems from different directions.

A passel of adventurous, reasonably attractive young folk decide to climb a fabled mountain in Croatia (mistake no. 1, of many). The climbing footage itself, to me, is disturbing enough (me no like high places), especially after it turns out that one member of the team is scared of heights and has to be led around like a sniveling cub scout. Great, I’ve got a character to identify with—and he’s a shithead.

As if coping with a panic-stricken climber isn’t enough, it turns out they are not alone up there. Somewhere, a creature dwells. Really, that’s all that needs to be said. You get vertiginous frights augmented by the presence of a freaky whatsit. Any way you slice it, that’s good value. It also helps that director Abel Ferry has a good eye for both picturesque countryside and high-altitude drama. I’d watch it again.

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