Backtrack (2015 film)

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"Nothing haunts like the past." A troubled psychologist returns to his hometown to uncover the truth behind his strange visions.


  • Release Date: 2015
  • Country/Language: Australia/UK/United Arab Emirates, English
  • Genres/Technical: Drama, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
  • Setting: Modern
  • Runtime: 1 hr 30 min
  • Starring: Adrien Brody, Jenni Baird, Bruce Spence
  • Director: Michael Petroni
  • Writer: Michael Petroni
  • Producer/Production Co: Screen Australia, Bankside Films, See Pictures
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • IMDB Page: (link)


MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: R (Violence, Profanity)

Tentacle Ratings

A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:

  • S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)

The descriptions do not suggest a very "Lovecraftian" movie, beyond the Gothic mystery plot of digging into a traumatic, forgotten past.

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.


Review Links:

  • Rob Aldam at Backseat Mafia - "A pretty decent psychological drama which gently builds tension without straining too hard to be something it isn't."
  • Godfrey Cheshire at Roger (3 Stars) - "There are several further levels of discovery (and mounting horrors) beneath the ones described above, such that every guilty secret in the story seems to hide other, more drastic ones under it. Psychiatrists speak of 'screen memories,' uncomfortable (and often false) recollections that disguise more deeply painful actual memories. Backtrack is like a layer-cake of those..."
  • Casey Chong at Casey's Movie Mania (3/5 Stars) - "Offers nothing new in the supernatural-horror territory, but... emotionally intense performances and sleight-of-hand storytelling approach manage to turn this into a surprisingly effective chiller...."
  • Matt Donato at We Got This Covered (2.5/5 Stars) - "A straight narrative about solving a more obvious conundrum than Petroni lets on. You’ll be curious, no doubt, but never captivated or excited. It's just a shame that 'good enough' simply doesn’t cut it this time...."
  • Review by Clark Douglas at 365 Movie Guy (2/4 Stars) - "A reasonably well-crafted psychological thriller held back by the fact that it doesn't have one single element that feels unique.... If you've never seen a psychological thriller before, it might actually work pretty well...."
  • Review by Ed Gonzales at Slant Magazine - "...Might have been more accurately titled "Piggyback", given its allegiances to such films about ghosts and the agony of 'letting go' of trauma as Don't Look Now (1973 film), The Sixth Sense (1999 film), and The Others (2001 film)."
  • David Opie at Flickering (2 Stars) - "Backtrack's only contribution is to the bargain bin..."
  • Review by Richard Scheib at The Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review (3/5 Stars) - "This is an amazing hook for a film and creates something fascinating. Thereafter though, about the half-hour point... the film becomes less interesting.... Certainly, [writer/director] Michael Petroni writes these scenes far superior to the usual plotting in creating a detective story that gradually peels off layers of what happened and pieces together clues from Brody's memory...."

Synopsis (SPOILERS)

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Psychologist Peter Bower's life is thrown into turmoil when he discovers a strange secret about his patients: they are ghosts. Risking his own sanity, Peter delves into his past to uncover a terrifying secret which only he can put right. But is the reward worth risking more than a single life?


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Keeper Notes

  • The investigators are hired to help a psychologist travel back to his home town and track down his forgotten past after he realizes the patients who have been visiting him are not living human beings....