A Night in the Woods

  • 15
  • Richard Parry (2011)
  • UK
  • 79 min
Film Review
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3 out of 5

The Blair Witch Project template - three people vanish from a haunted wood with only recorded footage left to mark their passing - receives a surprisingly eerie British twist from director Richard Parry (South West Nine). The found-footage subgenre has become a lucrative one since the release of the ground-breaking 1998 horror and there's nothing particularly innovative here, as an Anglo-American couple (Anna Skellern, Monsters star Scoot McNairy) and the woman's cousin (Andrew Hawley) dare to go camping in spooky Wistman's Wood in Dartmoor. But a potent mix of jealousy, paranoia and old wives' tales soon gets the pulse quickening as relations between the trio quickly deteriorate and have drastic consequences. It's derivative stuff (though Parry claims his own childhood memories of camping in the wood fuelled the project), but the improvised performances of the cast, the beautiful yet isolated location and dynamic camerawork keep things watchable.

Cast and crew

Cast

Brody Cartwright
Scoot McNairy
Kerry Hastings
Anna Skellern
Leo
Andrew Hawley

Crew

Director
Richard Parry

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour and Black and White
Theatrical distributor: 
Vertigo Films
Guidance: 
Contains violence, swearing, sexual references and drug abuse.
Available on DVD
Released 7 Sep 2012
Certificate 15

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