The Vanishing of Ethan Carter will haunt you. Just not in the way that you think. It’s a thoughtful haunting. This paranormal detective story doesn’t rely on spooky attics and creepy monsters for traditional scares. It relies on the breathable space between things—and on your evil brain—to bring out the bad thoughts in your head.
Welcome to Red Creek Valley. There isn’t a more picturesque location this side of The Witcher 3. Evergreens cover the hills so thickly you can almost smell the pine needles. Water cuts along the valley bottom so coldly you can imagine your toes freezing from the fresh snowmelt. Any screenshot you take is going to look like a subdued Thomas Kinkade painting. To say it’s lovely is just being coy.