2010, Mystery and thriller, 1h 43m0 Reviews 50+ Ratings
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Mar 13, 2011<B><I>DARK WOODS</I> Flixster profile skin can be found <b><a href="http://www.flixster.com/skins.do?viewSkinGallery=&list=artistSkins845662639&lsrc=USR-PRO-SKNCRT" target="_blank" ><font size="2" color="green" <B><I> here </I> </font> (link)</B> </a></b></B> <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/dark-woods-13982735"><img src="http://content9.flixster.com/photo/13/98/27/13982735_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></a> </div></div> <B><I>DARK WOODS</I> (2010)</B> WRITTEN BY: John Muscarnero DIRECTED BY: Michael Escobedo FEATURING: John Muscarnero, Mary Kate Wiles, James Russo, Tracy Coogan, and Mark Shady GENRE: HORROR TAGS: drama, psychological thriller, disturbing Note: Dark Woods is a horror movie, but it is a different kind of horror movie about trepidation, aversion, mistrust, uncertainty, memory, identity and waiting. Bloody death and supernatural fright junkies will be disappointed. Fans of gloomy, introspective cinema will be pleased. PLOT: A disquieting love triangle brings madness and murder when a couple shelter a rape victim at their remote wilderness cabin. COMMENTS: Hypnotic, leaden, ethereal, the tone of Dark Woods could be tailored for a story about deep space. The characters in this tale are so cut-off from convention, and removed from the outside world that they might as well be stranded in an interstellar void. Themes of destruction are interspersed with raw tension in this moody, brooding horror piece about slow death and moral dilemmas. A bizarre love triangle sparks violent discord when a man rescues a teenage girl from an incestuous sexual assault and lodges her at the isolated deep woods cottage where he is caring for his terminally ill wife. Stalked by a lurking intruder watching from the woods, the trio's personalities gradually acquire poisonous characteristics as their isolation dissolves limits and blurs boundaries. Their psyches merge in an unsettling collusion of cloaked motives and role reversals. Dark Woods is not your typical horror story. There is little violence, and nothing supernatural. The plot advances slowly, like vitreous bile oozing from a catheter. A viscous suspension of foreboding and dread steadily thickens and foments. It threatens to drown the viewer in a deadpool of morbidly vicarious curiosity and unsettling apprehension. Sinister, dreamy, subtle, with surreal moments, Dark Woods is an atmosphere piece with a simple, linear plot, a heavy, unsettling tone, and a gloomy visual signature. Dark Woods' atypical characters don't always appear to act in accordance with impetus, and this threw me at first until the climax and denouement more fully illuminated their twisted motivations. This movie requires some patience and will please viewers looking for something quietly horrifying and unconventionally different in the psychological thriller genre. I'm giving Dark Wood six pints of blood, not because it's lacking in any way, but because the film isn't for everyone. I tend to reserve my higher ratings on this site for films that are exceptionally arty or sensational in some way, or which have a wider appeal. Dark Woods may be too plodding and ambiguous for some viewers. Slasher and horror fans in search of racy scares, blood, a clear storyline and an easily interpreted theme are advised to steer clear. If you like dreamy and dark, pensive and mysterious, and are looking for something different, this movie is for you. <div style="width:280px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com/photos/dark-woods-13982698"><img src="http://content8.flixster.com/photo/13/98/26/13982698_ori.jpg" border="0"/></a><div style="text-align:center;font-size:10px;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"></div></div> <div style="width:120px;font-size:10px;text-align:center;"></div><a href="http://www.flixster.com/videos?videoId=11141039"><img src="http://i.ytimg.com/vi/6pvJpwyKBus/0.jpg" border="0" /></a><div style="font-size:10px;width:120px;text-align:center;"><a href="http://www.flixster.com"><I>Dark Woods</I></a> - trailer</div> <B><I>DARK WOODS</I> Flixster profile skin can be found <b><a href="http://www.flixster.com/skins.do?viewSkinGallery=&list=artistSkins845662639&lsrc=USR-PRO-SKNCRT" target="_blank" ><font size="2" color="green" <B><I> here </I> </font> (link)</B> </a></b></B>Pamela D Super Reviewer
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