Monday, October 29, 2007

The Woods (2006)

Title: The Woods
Director: Lucky McKee
Writer: David Ross
Starring: Patricia Clarkson, Agnes Bruckner, Bruce Campbell, Lauren Birkell, Jane Gilchrist, Emma Campbell, Gordon Currie, Rachel Nichols
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

OK, let me just say one thing about this movie right off the bat... It creeped me the hell out! This film has a lot of good things going for it, one of which is Bruce Campbell (don't get too excited though, he doesn't have a big part). Campbell is really only onscreen at the end, but it's classic Bruce, guaranteed to make you laugh.

The story takes place in 1965 at an all-girls boarding school in the middle of the woods where a young girl is dropped off by her mom and dad. Heather is a troubled young lady who doesn't do too well with authority figures. She soon has a few run-ins with some teachers as well as a few students. As if things couldn’t get any worse she starts having nightmares and students begin to disappear. Soon enough Heather starts investigating and finds out there’s something wrong with her teachers and the woods surrounding the secluded school.

The movie is well written and well acted. The tension throughout the film builds nicely and the scare scenes are done so well that I caught myself gripping the arms of my chair a little too tightly on more than one occasion. Overall this movie contains a lot of scares as well as a lot of laughs, and it should please just about everyone who watches it. It may not be the best flick out there right now, but it sure is a few rungs above most of what has been released in the past couple of years.

Favorite Quote:

Samantha: [Walks up to the table] Heard you been saying stuff behind my back, fire-crotch.

Heather: Now, Samantha, all I said was your breath smells like you've been drinking out of Ms. Mackinaw's douche bag, that's all.

RATING: 8/10

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