Raining here for the third day. The forest has turned green in a very short time, from barren to verdant. On the one hand, it's less sinister when it's fleshed out. On the other, the field of vision from the house is reduced from perhaps 30 feet into the tree line, to the tree line itself.
Electronic security devices are far less useful now, although those on the sole access route to the mountain top aren't really effected. I suppose it's a trade off. Motion detectors in the woods around the house become largely ineffective, but the density of the undergrowth makes the likelihood of anyone or anything approaching the buildings through the woods undetected virtually nil.
The dogs have not yet adjusted to the reduced sight distances and the increased noises from the woods. They bark and rush down to the tree line several times nightly now. As they adjust to it, that will taper off. It's tempting to go out and tell them to be quiet, but I don't want them to be hesitant about letting me know if something is out there.
"Something" includes mountain lions, bob cats, coyotes, black bear, wild hogs, and the red wolf. None of these animals are dangerous if you can keep them from getting right around the buildings. Woe betide anyone who walks up on them in the woods, or comes around the corner of the building and surprises them. Even the otherwise inoffensive red wolves could be a problem then. Get bitten and it's rabies shots for you, if nothing worse.
And then, there's always the two legged variety of predator. Those were virtually non existent here fifteen years ago. Not so now. Psychopaths haunting the Appalachian Trail, Hispanic gangs plying their drug transactions in the national forest, random acts of extreme violence by mentally ill or drug inflicted individuals. Those are all part of the mix now. Like trees going over in storm, there really isn't a lot you can do about any of it, other than be aware the potential for trouble exists.
This movie was released on 4 April. It hasn't shown up in local theaters here, which comes as no surprise. I don't know much about it, except it seems to be one of those films you either love or hate, with no in between. I can say, though, that the reviewers are all calling this a film for "preppers" and "off grid enthusiasts", rather than a survival film.