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The Woods

3.7 out of 5 stars 78 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
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  • 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 (78 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000H5TH0W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,890 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Woods" on IMDb

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By J. Allen on September 27, 2006
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
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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I liked this a lot. It's not for those who want a lot of fancy CGI, or for those who like slasher movies or torture porn. This is, in general, for viewers who like atmosphere. It's SO HARD to find a horror movie that really creates atmosphere that I have all but given up looking. However every once in a while something like this comes along, and I take up the search again. As others have noted, the performances are stellar. The plot is murky and makes little sense, but so what? It's a horror movie. If it made sense I wouldn't like it, because I like my horror to be fantastic, not realistic. I'm trying to get away from real life with this. Anyway, for me the best part about this movie were the amazing sets/costumes/music. It's set in the 60's and it has a wonderful, powerful atmosphere of a sixties boarding school movie on drugs. The forrest is creeping in all over the place. Vines are creep over all the indoor walls, the girls wear heavy wooly socks and slippers to shuffle over the stone floors at night, there are plants everywhere on shelves and window sills and floors, there are drawings of plants and pictures of plants and diagrams of plants hanging on the walls, there are leaves in the beds and in hair...you get the picture. It's fab. Set against this is the uptight primness of a 1960's upper class girls school. Hair is coifed, waistlines are tight, the girls wear uniforms with crisp white blouses while the teachers have fitted skirts and heels. The air is dusky like it is in the forrest all the time, and the large room where the girls sleep is decorated sort of like a tasteful hunting lodge. I loved it. Also, it has a satisfying ending. Not just an ending that I could understand, but actually satisfying. Horror movies hardly ever do that for me.Read more ›
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