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The Woods

3.7 out of 5 stars 72 customer reviews

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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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  • Actors: Marcia Bennett, Jude Beny, Lauren Birkell, Agnes Bruckner, Bruce Campbell
  • Directors: Lucky McKee
  • Producers: Bryan Furst, Sean Furst
  • 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: 1.33:1
  • 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: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H5TH0W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,160 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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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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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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The biggest question I have about "The Woods" is why is it rated R?? There is very little gore, no nudity or language, it seems the target audience for this flick would be teenage girls, so I'm not sure why the Adult rating? Outside of that, "The Woods" isn't a bad little movie. I won't dive into the specifics as I hate throwing out spoilers. I had no idea what this film was about, and enjoyed just letting it unfold. I was kind of hoping for a "Nerd-Out-For-Revenge" flick like "Evilspeak", "Ginger Snaps" or "The Craft", but unfortunately "The Woods" doesn't really fit this catagory. Another reviewer likens "The Woods" to those 1970's supernatural horror flick, and I fully agree, only "The Woods" has more production value.
Should you buy this movie? I don't know if I recommend a purchase, but you could do a lot worse than popping this into you Netflix account.
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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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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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