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The Woods (2006)

Lauren Birkell , Agnes Bruckner , Lucky McKee  |  R |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Lauren Birkell, Agnes Bruckner, Jane Gilchrist, Emma Campbell, Bruce Campbell
  • Directors: Lucky McKee
  • Writers: David Ross
  • Producers: Bryan Furst, Elliot Lewis Rosenblatt, Marco Mehlitz, Michael Ohoven, Randy Ostrow
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 3, 2006
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H5TH0W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,614 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Agnes Bruckner, Patricia Clarkson and cult icon Bruce Campbell star in this frightening horror film about Heather (Bruckner) a neglected teenager who is sent away to an all-girls private school located deep in the middle of a forest. Watched over by a sinister head mistress (Clarkson) and her staff, Heather is tormented by her classmates and desperate to go home. Something tells her there's something sinister out there in the woods -- and it won't be letting her leave any time soon.

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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful
I was lucky enough to see this on the big screen at Fantastic Fest in Austin last night. After following the film's history online for the past two years, as it was made under the United Artists banner, which was later absorbed into Sony Pictures, and theatrical release dates came and went, my expectations weren't that high. Lo and behold, however, this is a very fun and lovingly crafted film that will no doubt gain a sizable cult following over the years thanks to this DVD release. I enjoyed Lucky McKee's film "May" but was truly disappointed in his Masters of Horror offering, "Sick Girl" -- but this film feels like it comes from a much stronger, more self-assured director with excellent pacing and art direction, strong performances from everyone involved (especially Agnes Bruckner, Patricia Clarkson and fan favorite Bruce Campbell!), and an emphasis on mood and atmosphere over graphic shocks. The film is set in 1965, which only helps to give the film a timeless quality; if you didn't know better you'd think this was a early to mid-70s release that was recently "discovered" and makes a terrific addition to the "schoolgirls and supernatural skullduggery" subgenre ala "Suspiria." Great fun, and worthy of more respect than the studio(s) gave it for sure...if Sony's Screen Gems can release pure drivel like "The Covenant" yet bury this flick with zero fanfare, then all is not right with the world.

By the way, PLEASE give John Tuturro's "Romance and Cigarettes" (another UA-Sony merger casualty) a US release next, guys!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's All About Atmosphere March 19, 2007
There isn't much plot to this movie. The menace the girls face in their gloomy private school is a murky muddle. But I still found this movie absorbing and worthwhile. All the good is in the acting and in the atmospherics.

Agnes Bruckner is daunting as the rebellious teen. She projects the kind of sullen resentment that you feel could tip over at any moment into vengeful hatred. She has an equally well-cast nemesis playing the smug blonde bully at the school. Among the cold, stern teachers and administrators employed there, the teacher with the neck tic leaves the most indelible impression. That tic is a malicious hangman's twist that seems to be delivered by some invisible haunting hand that reaches down to her at unpredictable moments.

But the ultimately ominous performance is turned in by Patricia Clarkson as headmistress. She shows how frightening a persistently quiet monotone can be. It's proof of how a human's intense calm control can be so much scarier than any rampaging monster.

This isn't a slasher movie where girls at a boarding school get whacked one-by-one. This is more of an old-fashioned supernatural thriller where the elements of nature (albeit here in confused conspiracy) surround and descend on you.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than you'd expect... September 29, 2006
By W R
Like the previous reviewer, I was able to catch this at Fantastic Fest in Austin. It's a solid horror film, certainly one that rises above its direct-to-DVD status. There is an especially good performance by Patricia Clarkson, and the rest of the cast does fine. The only real caveat is that the movie isn't particularly "scary" in the classic sense. It's more of a dark dramedy really, with a strong sense of dread throughout.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 stars for a good effort February 19, 2007
Good horror movies are rarer than gold, and to me almost as precious. Crap like the endless sequels of Friday the 13th, Final Destination, etc., may make a quick buck but they do nothing to enhance the genre.

The producers of this film took a different direction than those who churn out such blood and guts schlock. They built a suspenseful atmosphere with shadows and unusual camera angles, bizarre characters and modest special effects.

Within this framework they placed a troubled girl who finds herself trapped in a girl's school with a dark past and deadly secrets. At stake is not so much her life as her soul.

The main problem with the film is that they apparently forgot that too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. The subtly menacing feel they create stays unbroken through the story, to the point where it becomes monotonous.

The movie would have been much better if the sense of menace had been broken up with a few happy, perhaps even humorous, scenes. Not only would this have given it some interesting variety, it would have made the inevitable return to the creepy moments much more chilling.

Nevertheless, it is a good effort overall, and fans of better horror and suspense films like Session 9 and 1963's The Haunting should find it worth their time. I certainly did.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Woods October 10, 2006
Heather thinks her parents hate her when they put her in a strict private school in the middle of a big forest to "straighten" her out. What she doesn't realize is her school and the students are controlled by witches. It may sound hokey, but it is really effective. These particular witches are interested in Heather and determined to stop anyone from getting her out of their clutches, including a couple of worried fellow classmates and her parents. Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead's Ash) is her Dad by the way and he is great! I can see why it got mixed reviews, you need quiet to watch it, and absorb whats going on. Not one of those movies where death after death more gruesome than before. I'm getting sick of those anyway.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Liked it
This was a pretty interesting movie, I enjoyed it
Published 28 days ago by Tanya L. Samuel
4.0 out of 5 stars Wood You Watch The Woods? Woodn't you like to? Go for it!
Was this movie particularly long or just an intricate story weaved for our enjoyment? Yes, I believe it was. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Island Girl7777
5.0 out of 5 stars CREEPY CREEPY CREEPY
A wonderful slow build of atmosphere and events create an enthralling genre piece. Patricia Clarkson's performance shines with creepy evil.
Published 15 months ago by Dan Leigh
3.0 out of 5 stars Something Different....
I saw this movie before when it came out, and really liked it because it was a little different from what's been put out there. Read more
Published 15 months ago by ED
5.0 out of 5 stars DVDs
I like this movie. It is very suspense oriented. It looks like an older movie that I had not seen before now but I still like it.
Published 15 months ago by Carl R. Kannady
5.0 out of 5 stars I was suprised!
Loved it! What a unique storyline. Watch this one before you send your daughter to boarding school, unless you NEED to send your daughter to boarding school; Great supernatural... Read more
Published on October 28, 2011 by Didacts & Narpets
4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining...
I liked the fairy tale feel of the film. I also enjoyed the lore attached to the forest. The acting was ok; however, I wasn't loving the parents. Read more
Published on February 3, 2011 by Bookworm936
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice Little Throwback.
I watched this last night and I didn't expect much more than a typical "chick" horror flick. I was wrong. Read more
Published on May 2, 2010 by Ai
3.0 out of 5 stars Roots manoeuvre
David Ross's script is somewhat muddled and unfocussed. It also takes a long time to ramp up the tension. Read more
Published on November 6, 2009 by sft
2.0 out of 5 stars Terrible horror film
The Woods takes place in 1965 New England in a secluded girls' school where Heather Fasulo has been dropped off by her shrewish mother. Read more
Published on October 17, 2009 by James Kunz
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