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The Woods (2006)

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Release Date: Sep 26, 2006 Wide

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A teenage girl is drawn into the path of the unknown in this tale of terror. Heather (Agnes Bruckner) is a teenage girl whose father (Bruce Campbell) and mother take little interest in her. Heather's parents enroll her in a private boarding school for girls located deep in a remote forest; Heather isn't happy with this turn of events, and she doesn't get along well with her classmates or the head mistress, Ms. Traverse (Patricia Clarkson). As she struggles to make the best of her situation,

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David Ross

Oct 3, 2006

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"The Woods" plays like a classic Lewton film of the '40's, where the emphasis was on telling a good yarn without much ado and wrapping it up in a tightly wound 70 minutes.

April 20, 2008 Full Review Source: Beyond Hollywood
Beyond Hollywood

Never justifies the witches' tale it was spinning.

April 11, 2008 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Not a groundbreaking or innovative horror film, but contains many elements that make horror movies appealing: screaming schoolgirls, spooky forces of nature, stylish camerawork, a good sense of humor throughout ... and the presence of Bruce Campbell.

April 8, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinematical
Cinematical

One of the most polished and inventive horror flicks of the still-ongoing year, a synthesis of classical supernatural and sexualized imagery that expands upon, rather than simply regurgitates, its celebrated predecessors.

October 19, 2006 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

...a well-made yet thoroughly impenetrable horror flick..

October 13, 2006 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Lucky McKee's latest is not as singular as May, but it's still a solid flick.

September 30, 2006 Full Review Source: Montreal Film Journal
Montreal Film Journal

There's a lot to like about The Woods, but it never really takes root.

September 29, 2006 Full Review Source: Horror.com
Horror.com

Those expecting a shock-a-minute gore-fest will most likely walk away scratching their head, but as a semi-homage to Dario Argento's Suspiria, The Woods is a creepy little winner.

September 2, 2006 Full Review Source: DVDTalk.com
DVDTalk.com

The actors obviously don't understand the material any more than we do, nor do they seem to care.

August 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
Filmcritic.com

Derrière The Woods se cache sans l'ombre d'un doute un film d'horreur qui aurait pu facilement devenir un classique du genre.

August 18, 2006 Full Review Source: Panorama

...leaves no doubt that there will be a rabid following for it.

February 7, 2005 Full Review Source: LYTRules.com
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Audience Reviews for The Woods

The performance by one and all the actors & actresses involved was top-notch. Wish I could say that about the movie's script too!!! While the movie wasn't great, it was relatively watchable. See it or miss, whatsoever you wish.
December 14, 2010
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I have watched this twice now, and have changed my original rating from 3 1/2 to 4 stars. I think the first time I watched it I expected a standard horror movie, which this isn't.
I actually really enjoyed this second time around as I could appreciate it's subtleties a little more. Instead of pretty cardboard cut out teens with little background being terrorized, you have real characters here and the story takes time to build.
I was very impressed with Agnes Bruckner here as Heather - i had only seen her play the cute girl prior to this. And while she is still attractive here, it is in a more plucky and individual way - certainly she is outcast here and teased about her red hair.
Heather has been sent away to boarding school by her parents for misbehavior at her previous school. Her mother can't wait to get rid of her. She is offered a scholarship to this school, though she circles any old thing on her multiple choice quiz, which is the first clue that the beautiful, but creepy headmistress played wonderfully by Patricia Clarkson, wants her for some other reason than her brains!
This takes time to build up as you slowly get to know the girls, and by the time some of them start to disappear, you care about them.
Not an overly gory movie and the body count is fairly low for this genre, but I don't necessarily call that a bad thing. There are plenty of scares and creepy moments here.
December 10, 2010
romy861

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Cast: Agnes Bruckner, Patricia Clarkson, Bruce Campbell, Lauren Birkell, Jane Gilchrist, Colleen Williams, Marcia Bennett, Rachel Nichols, Kathleen Mackey

Director: Lucky McKee

Summary: Set in 1965 in the buttoned-up world of an all-girls private boarding school, this horrifying tale features the acting chops of Oscar nominee Patricia Clarkson, who appears as the chilly headmistress. Based on the nightmarish visions she's been having since her arrival, new student Heather (Agnes Bruckner) knows that the woods surrounding the school aren't normal. And when her classmates begin disappearing, she has no choice but to investigate.

My Thoughts: "I wouldn't say it's a scary flick, but its a bit creepy. Has some chilling moments. But it wasn't that great of a film for me. The acting was there, the scenery, and the big creepy house covered in vines. But what wasn't there was a strong story-line. It just felt really cheesy to me at times. Plus it didn't help how predictable it was. Would have liked it more if they explored Heathers, or even the teachers powers a bit more. So, not great, but worth seeing."
August 7, 2010
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