The Woods (2006)




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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, Heather notices that slowly but surely the other students at the school have been vanishing, and there seems to be a mysterious force in the nearby woods which has been claiming the lives of the young women -- and will soon be coming after Heather. The Woods was the first major-studio feature from director Lucky McKee, who earned enthusiastic notices for his independent film May.
R (for horror violence and language, including sexual references)
Horror , Mystery & Suspense
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Agnes Bruckner
as Heather
Patricia Clarkson
as Ms. Traverse
Bruce Campbell
as Joe Fasulo
Rachel Nichols
as Samantha
Emma Campbell
as Alice Fasulo
Lauren Birkell
as Marcy Turner
Catherine Colvey
as Ms. Leland
Marcia Bennett
as Ms. Mackinaw
Kathleen Mackey
as Ann Whales
Cary Lawrence
as Ms. Charevoix
Colleen Williams
as Ms. Arbor
Gordon Currie
as Sheriff
Jude Beny
as School Nurse
Amber Cull
as Mara
Ivana Shein
as Clara Thompson
Leslie Cottle
as Headmistress
Anna Fuerstenberg
as Cafeteria Lady
Melissa Carter
as Girl No. 1
Stephanie Breton
as Girl No. 2
Elana Dunkelman
as Girl No. 3
Alissa Apa
as Another Girl
Angela Bettis
as The Woods
Linda Pine
as Mara
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All Critics (13)

A very good horror film with great performances, a tight story, and atmosphere that will keep audiences salivating.

Full Review… | April 28, 2009
Cinema Crazed

"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.

Full Review… | April 20, 2008
Beyond Hollywood

Never justifies the witches' tale it was spinning.

Full Review… | April 11, 2008
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.

Full Review… | April 8, 2007

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.

Full Review… | October 19, 2006
Lessons of Darkness

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

Full Review… | October 13, 2006
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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.

familiar stranger
familiar stranger

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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.

Nicki Marie
Nicki Marie

Super Reviewer

Figured out the ending way early. Watched mostly due to Patricia Clarkson being in it, but it wasn't scary or even the least bit creepy to me. Could have spent the time doing better things.

Leigh Ryan
Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer

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