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Deep in the Woods (2000)

Promenons-nous dans les bois (original title)
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A group of young actors stay overnight in their host's castle only to be hunted by a serial killer.

Director:

Lionel Delplanque

Writers:

Lionel Delplanque (adaptation), Annabelle Perrichon
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marie Trintignant ... La mère
Suzanne MacAleese Suzanne MacAleese ... Pélagie
Maud Buquet Maud Buquet ... Mathilde
Alexia Stresi Alexia Stresi ... Jeanne
Denis Lavant ... Stéphane
Vincent Lecoeur Vincent Lecoeur ... Wilfried
Michel Muller ... Le policier
François Berléand ... Axel de Fersen
Clotilde Courau ... Sophie
Clément Sibony ... Matthieu
Thibault Truffert Thibault Truffert ... Nicolas
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Storyline

A group of artists, composed of the young actors Wilfried and Matthieu and the actresses Sophie, Mathilde and the dumb Jeanne, is hired by a millionaire, Axel de Fersen, to present a performance of Little Red Riding Hood in his isolated castle to celebrate the birthday of his grandson. Meanwhile, the police advises that a serial killer is raping and killing young women in the woods around that area. During the night, the group feels trapped and threatened in the castle, guessing who is and where might be the killer. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Don't go there alone!

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Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence and sexuality, and for brief language | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Pathe Distribution (france)

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

14 June 2000 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

En lo profundo del bosque See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$56,119, 1 October 2000, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$56,119, 1 October 2000
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Color:

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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In English the films title "Promenons-nous dans les bois" translates to "Let's Go For A Walk In The Woods." See more »

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Miserere Mei
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Fancy that -- the French make crap, too....
10 March 2003 | by BillyBCSee all my reviews

(*1/2 out of *****) This goes to show that even the French put out some serious garbage in the world of film from time to time. This one, for example, is horrid. The interesting (albeit derivative) premise, the spooky setting, and the cinematography are all quite good, but, unfortunately, the whole thing falls apart real fast under its own incomprehensible pretensions.

A group of attractive, young actors travel to an old mansion way out in the country to perform for an eccentric millionaire and his weird, mute son. The woods surrounding the mansion just happen to be the hunting ground for a serial rapist/killer who targets young girls. But, forget all about that, because, as soon as the good-looking group gets to the old guy's house, odd characters start popping up and bizarre things start happening -- you know, the usual David Lynch/Dario Argento kind of stuff -- except Delphlanque doesn't have an ounce of the artistic mastery or the subtlety to pull any of it off. Character motivations, most of the plotting, the dialogue (some of which, granted, could be the fault of American dubbing) -- is some of the worst I've ever encountered in a movie like this. In one scene, for example, everyone is sound asleep except for the main female star (Clotilde Courau), who is wandering through the mansion by herself. So, she enters one room and suddenly finds all of her friends dancing real slow and suggestively with each other, including her girlfriend. The scene ends and everyone acts regularly, as if nothing happened -- suddenly, they're all just wide awake and dancing to loud music! Okay, whatever, sure! And then, in the next scene -- after being warned by a (typically weird) police detective (who just happens to walk into the room) that a killer is on the loose -- they're all suddenly outside and walking around through the woods after midnight!

The story tries to follow the trace of a murder mystery, but it takes way too many irritating turns into contrived Lynchian territory (in an early scene, the young boy stabs his own hand with a fork at the dinner table, and, after the father explains that he always does that, the guests are like, `Hm, well, how 'bout that -- so, when do you think we're gonna get paid?' and stuff like that.)

There are some gory murders and a couple steamy sex scenes, but there are also loooong scenes of characters walking up and down stairs and through dark rooms. And, I swear to God, everyone pauses for about 30 seconds before responding to each other in this maddening mess -- I guess that helps stretch what could have been a 45-minute movie into an hour and a half.

Do not be fooled by anyone who tries telling you that this movie is as good as (or, God forbid, better than) a typical Argento flick, because it is not. In spite of its professional camera work and some hints of creativity here and there in the direction, this turkey is no better than any early-'80s, American slasher flick.

Lowlight: In a painfully forced attempt to misdirect our suspicions as to who the killer is, one of the actors tries to shoot Courau with a nail gun, but she somehow easily blocks it with a pipe or something, and, in the very next scene, the two of them are outside together, trying to start the car as if nothing happened. There are so many idiotic scenes like this that it just made me sick. I admit it -- I took the damn cassette out of the VCR! I didn't care how it ended! I couldn't take it anymore!


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