13th Jun2019

’30 Miles From Nowhere’ Review

by Alain Elliott

Stars: Carrie Preston, Rob Benedict, Seana Kofoed, Birgundi Baker, Rusty Schwimmer, Marielle Scott, Cathy Shim, Andrew Rothenberg, Roslyn Alexander, William Smillie, Robert Breuler, Reggie Baker | Written by Seana Kofoed | Directed by Caitlin Koller


There are so many horror movies released every week – even just in the UK, I’m sure there’s many more released worldwide – it’s a shame that a huge percentage of these wont be seen by as many people as they maybe deserve to be, solely because it might not be top of a long list of films people will see at some point. So I always enjoy watching as many as the smaller indie genre movies as I possibly can and 30 Miles From Nowhere is one of these.

30 Miles From Nowhere doesn’t start with much originality. A group of friends reunite several years after college when one of them commits suicide. They get together for the upcoming funeral staying in one of his and his wives wooden cabins in the woods. Although this isn’t exactly a typical horror cabin, as it’s big and expensive-looking. The horror here isn’t coming from the building they are staying in. It comes from small incidents of characters seeing things that seem impossible (people looking in at a window on the second floor) or things that are there one second and gone the next (hundreds of cockroaches) or even seeing their seemingly dead friend appear. These moments are actually surprisingly well done. There not too in your face and dramatic, just nicely subtle but creepy enough.

The characters themselves aren’t very likeable. To be clear, most of them aren’t suppose to be and the ones that are do gather some sympathy from me but it just seems like an easy thing directors do. Make characters a bit obnoxious and annoying and you’ll enjoy seeing them be attacked. But you always run the risk of the audience just not caring and it borders on that in 30 Miles From Nowhere. The actors themselves put in decent performances, they seem to know their characters and the interactions for the most part seem natural and believable. There’s just not a whole lot of depth in what they are given to work with.

If I think too much into certain things with the movie I’m sure there are plenty of holes here. From something as little as being explained that it is rainy season, especially at night, to the point that cars can’t get to the location, but the next scene at 2am shows no wet weather. And then to much bigger plot points like the most horrific moments actually being possible – I’d believe they were in characters minds except that more than one of them sees the same thing on occasion. But in truth, I hate really dissecting a movie like that so I shall stop, because it didn’t take much enjoyment out of it for me. I happily went along with everything on screen.

The big reveal – and you know one is coming – was just okay. It garnered more of a “What..?” response from me than anything else but things do pick up in the final fifteen minutes and I quite enjoyed the conclusion for the most part.

Even if it isn’t quite as unique as it wants to be, 30 Miles From Nowhere at least tries to do something a little bit different with a familiar story. It’s an easy watch for its short run time and genre fans will get plenty of enjoyment from it.

*** 3/5

30 Miles From Nowhere is available on DVD, and VOD, now on Amazon.


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