Thank goodness for the Killer Mountain ads on the front page of the website, or even I might have forgotten there is a new Syfy creature feature premiering this weekend. As you can already ascertain, it has something to do with a mountain where people get killed.
Aaron Douglas (“Battlestar Galactica”), Emmanuelle Vaugier (Far Cry), and Crystal Lowe (Wrong Turn 2: Dead End) star in this weekend’s Syfy premiere of Killer Mountain from director Sheldon Wilson (Screamers: The Hunting) and writer Peter Sullivan (The Dog Who Saved Christmas Vacation).
Though the title Killer Mountain probably sounds as generic as humanly possible, as you’ll read in this plot synopsis, there is a good explanation as to its meaning.
Located in Bhutan, Gangkhar Puensum (“Killer Mountain”) is the highest unclimbed mountain in the world. According to local legend, 6000 meters is the abode of the Gods, and trespassing is strictly prohibited as a matter of religious law. But when a research expedition is lost, billionaire Walter Burton (Andrew Airlee) hires Ward Donovan (Aaron Douglas), the best climber in the business, to lead a rescue mission. Ward initially resists until he learns that Burton had hired his ex-girlfriend Kate (Emmanuelle Vaugier) to lead the missing group. Soon Ward and his team find themselves on a flight to Bhutan. Upon arriving at base camp, they hear Kate and her team’s frantic final message for help. It sounds like there was something else up there, something attacking them, but what could it be? With Burton’s son Creighton along for the climb (Burton stays at camp), Ward and his team begin their ascent. But they quickly realize why Gangkhar Puensum has never been successfully climbed. Some of them won’t be coming back alive. Unbeknownst to them, something slithers through the shadows and under the ice, following them, waiting to strike…
If only Syfy had the guts to premiere a movie titled Gangkhar Puensum; wouldn’t that be something?
Syfy has posted a few clips from the movie, the first being the TV spot promoting the film, the second giving the team their first taste of that which slithers within this mountain, and the third giving a pretty decent look at these icky insectoid creatures.
Killer Mountain premieres Saturday night on Syfy at 9/8 Central.