Michael Axelgaard (2011)

15 Certificate
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The success of The Blair Witch Project back in 1998 unleashed a whole spate of found-footage horrors, some of them good (Paranormal Activity, [Rec]), some of them not (Grave Encounters, Apollo 18). This barely eerie take on the subgenre definitely falls into the latter category. Two couples spend a weekend in an old cottage out in the Suffolk countryside, where the tale of an ancient "suicide tree" holds sway as a popular legend. No prizes for guessing what happens next, as the quartet become increasingly unhinged by tales of the terrifying timber's past. Trouble is, the use of shaky point-of-view camerawork is hackneyed and the clunky dialogue dispels any sense of fear or foreboding. Add to that the exceedingly irritating characters and lots of dithering about in the dark, and you have a seriously unscary experience. Check out A Night in the Woods (also made in 2011) for a more chilling British stab at an outdoor frightmare.

Cast & Crew

Emma Emily Plumtree
James Sam Stockman
Lynne Jessica Ellerby
Scott Matt Stokoe
Reverend Johnson Simon Roberts
Director Michael Axelgaard
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Metrodome Guidance: Contains swearing, drug abuse and brief nudity. Released on: 25 Jan 2013

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