Deep In The Woods details
|Starring:||Clement Sibony, Alexia Stresi, Francois Berleand, Denis Lavant, Denis Lavant, Clotilde Courau, Vincent Lecoeur, Maud Buquet, François Berléand|
|Genres:||Thriller, World Cinema|
Deep In The Woods
|Run time:||1 hour 24 minutes|
|Rental release:||26 Aug 2002|
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It's The Wulluff, It's The Wulluff (that's who it is...)By robertconnor (177 reviews) from Gloucestershire , 05 Sep 2004
[Highly rated reviewer]Apparently this was a huge box office hit in France in 2000. So the French, starved of home-grown horror, lapped up this 'penny dreadful' (centime diabolique?).
This gets one star for gorgeous lighting, sets and atmosphere, but no more. Lionel Delplanque and Annabelle Perrichon make the monumental error of creating an entire character range of unpleasant and unsympathetic characters. Consequently, the viewer just doesn't care about what happens to any of them. Obnoxious Mathilde, ambivalent Jeanne, moody Wilfried, whinging Sophie and characterless Matthieu turf up at a scary chateau. Spooky and unpleasant things happen. Who cares?
Denis Lavant? Shame on you!
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Great start - dire finishBy Whipster (663 reviews) from Shropshire , 15 Mar 2009After a really excellent beginning - a delicious surreal feel and superb cinematography - unfortunately the narrative winds down and by the last third of the movie it's very uninspired. I very much liked this at the start but it turns into a tedious, over complicated plot boiler. Great pity. French with subtitles. 2 stars.
All style; no substanceBy a customer from Cardiff , 31 Mar 2007Desperately searching for a logical plot, this film is very heavy on atmosphere, and tries to be too self-consciously arty, but ends up instead as a little bit pretentious and just plain weird. Some recent French thrillers/horrors have subverted the genre and have had something new and interesting to say ('Switchblade Romance'/'Them'), but this just felt formulaic (creepy isolated house - creepy trees...zzzz!).
Don't waste your time.
UTTER TOSH!By allan williams from land of my fathers , 17 Jul 2006As one reviwer put it,........'its the wooolaf'.........& it was! I did spot the connection with the 'blair with project', however, ............ trees!!! Avoid!
Unengaging and forgettableBy Cloister56 from Wigan, England , 22 Jun 2006The movie begins with a reading of Red Riding Hood. It was simple but stylish and raised my hopes for the rest of the movie. However what follows is a fairly standard stalk and slash movie which failed to create any tension or provide much horror.
A group of young actors are employed to perform Little Red Riding Hood for the son of a reclusive aristocrat. A killer enters the fray and uses the isolated mansion as his stalking ground.
My biggest problem with this movie is I never got the sense the characters were scared or even concerned about their predicament. The mansion in the movie is impressive but when a killer is on the loose I expect his victims to attempt escape not admire the place. The victims are so bland and so similar to those in a hundred other movies you can probably spot who will live and who wont very early on. In the end you probably wont care.
If you are looking for gore, look elsewhere. Only one of the deaths is memorable, the rest can be described as functional.
Overall this is a poor quality horror movie along the lines of: I know what you did last summer and Valentine. It uses a tired concept and brings nothing new in its execution. It may appear more stylish but the substance bland. If you want a better French horror I recommend Haute Tension (Switchblade Romance).
Do go down to the woods today...By barbi (150 reviews) from Salisbury , 20 Jan 2006There's nothing to beat a good fairy story and this one had all the elements, dark creepy forest, mysterious castle, weird occupants. Almost Hans Andersen meets Dracula, with a touch of Shakespeare as the travelling players arrive to perform Red Riding Hood as a birthday surprise for a small boy.
I was really pleasantly surprised, so many horror films are totally over the top, but this one was nicely underplayed, so that the characters were quite believable. Was delighted to see Francois Berleand, the demon headmaster of 'the Chorus' in position here in this earlier film as Axel de Fersen, the sinister owner of the chateau. If I'd been the poor innocent actors, I would not have trusted him an inch. But then, who was there to trust?
Themselves? I don't think so. Watch it and see what you think.
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