3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A brutal but great film,
This review is from: Hidden in the Woods (DVD)
*I received a review copy of this film; this is an unbiased review.
Part horror, part thriller, and part family drama, HIDDEN IN THE WOODS is one of those multi-genre hybrids that breaks molds and knocks down cultural barriers. But to do so, it assails its viewers with a large does of brutality and gore. This is certainly not a bad thing for a movie of this caliber, but what makes this more shocking than most horror flicks is that this is based on a bizarre but true story. This film is relentless in its intensity and violence, but if you can make it through, you're in for a real treat.
HIDDEN IN THE WOODS is shot well and looks very good onscreen. But two primary components made this movie for me: the acting and the special effects (specifically, the gore).
The cast in this film is amazing. Siboney Lo and Carolina Escobar are the two lead actresses and they do a spectacular job of conveying the agonies their characters went through in real life. The audience relates to them very early on, and therefore feels a part of every tragedy inflicted upon them.
Likewise, the gore in HIDDEN IN THE WOODS looks exceptional. And there's plenty of it, too. When the father goes after the two police officers with a chainsaw, I saw flashbacks to THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE. And the climactic ending is reminiscent of a Quentin Tarantino film, with a crazy kitchen shootout that would make the man himself proud.
HIDDEN IN THE WOODS is a difficult film to watch in certain places because of its graphic and sensitive subject matter. But it is a hell of a film and one I highly recommend if you can stomach through it. Just be warned: this one will not be for everyone. The film is available now in a variety of formats.