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The Woods (2006)

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Set in 1965 New England, a troubled girl encounters mysterious happenings in the woods surrounding an isolated girls school that she was sent to by her disinterested parents.

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Lucky McKee

Writer:

David Ross
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Agnes Bruckner ... Heather Fasulo
Emma Campbell ... Alice Fasulo
Bruce Campbell ... Joe Fasulo
Patricia Clarkson ... Ms. Traverse
Lauren Birkell ... Marcy Turner
Jane Gilchrist Jane Gilchrist ... Ms. Cross
Catherine Colvey ... Ms. Leland
Marcia Bennett ... Ms. Mackinaw
Rachel Nichols ... Samantha Wise
Kathleen Mackey ... Ann Whales
Cary Lawrence Cary Lawrence ... Ms. Charevoix
Colleen Williams Colleen Williams ... Ms. Arbor
Gordon Currie ... The Sheriff
Jude Beny ... School Nurse
Melissa Altro Melissa Altro ... Barb (as Missy Altro)
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Storyline

In 1965, after provoking a fire in a forest, the rebel teenager Heather Fasulo is sent to the boarding school Falburn Academy in the middle of the woods by her estranged mother Alice Fasulo and her neglected father Joe Fasulo. The dean Ms. Traverse accepts Heather in spite of the bad financial condition of her father. The displaced Heather becomes close friend of he weird Marcy Turner, while they are maltreated by the abusive mate Samantha Wise. During the nights, Heather has nightmares and listens to voices from the woods, and along the days she believes that the school is a coven of witches. When some students, including Marcy, simply vanish, Heather believes she will be the next one. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for horror violence and language, including sexual references | See all certifications »

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Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The teachers all have names that are Northern Lower Peninsula Michigan towns - Charlevoix, Mackinac, (Glen) Arbor, Traverse. See more »

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When Samantha and Heather are in the woods, Samantha attempts to tell Heather about the school. During the first screen shot directed at Heather, Samantha can be heard speaking but her jaw is not moving. See more »

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[first lines]
Alice Fasulo: [to Heather in the back seat] Feet off the seat.
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Stylish, Imaginative Horror Period Piece Along The Lines Of "Suspiria".
10 October 2006 | by drownnnsodaSee all my reviews

I'd been awaiting this film's release for over a year now, and finally, after a bunch of problems with editing and whatnot, this movie got a DVD release. "The Woods" tells the story of a troubled girl named Heather (Agnes Bruckner), who is sent to a secluded private girls school in 1965 by her estranged parents after causing problems and lighting a tree on fire in their back yard. Ms. Traverse (Patricia Clarkson), along with two other women, run the old school. Heather doesn't seem to fit in at the school, and has a rough first week there, getting in scuffles with a snobby bully named Samantha (Rachel Nichols). Her only friend is Marcy, a quiet girl who is nice but shy. As she spends more time around the school, Heather has nightmares and hears strange voices, and is told the story of some witches who took over the school 100 years ago. As more strange events occur in and around the woods surrounding the school, girls begin to disappear.

Unlike some, I found "The Woods" to be a satisfying horror film. I'll start off with the story - it's intriguing but derivative, I'd describe it as a hybrid of "Suspiria" and "The Watcher in the Woods", which are both films that I love, I might add. While it does borrow ideas from these films, it's nonetheless an imaginative and entertaining movie. The direction in the film was great - Lucky McKee, who spawned the unique fairy-tale-like horror film, "May", does a good job with this film. There are some really creative & spooky sequences and some nice cinematography to offer, plus the great '60s atmosphere was strongly present, brought to life through the costumes, sets, and the vintage score, and providing a perfect backdrop for the story to take place. I tend to have a soft spot for period pieces, so I really liked the time setting.

The acting was on par and flowed naturally, the whole cast performed very well. Agnes Bruckner is likable in her role and Patricia Clarkson was great as the mysterious, something-isn't-quite-right-about-her Mrs. Traverse. Horror legend Bruce Campbell (of the "Evil Dead" series) plays Heather's father, although his role is pretty minor. And Rachel Nichols, who had a small role in the "Amityville Horror" remake, plays the rude school bully very well. There are some neat special effects used nicely throughout the film, and weren't too overdone. The CG was surprisingly really real-looking. I felt the conclusion of the of the film was slightly rushed, but I've seen films end much quicker than this, so for me it wasn't really a big deal. Plus, the ending features some great witch slashings via an axe, which was a nice addition to the film since the majority of it is gore free.

Overall, "The Woods" is a satisfying horror movie. It's different, but it's imaginative and throughly entertaining, with a great story and a strong vintage atmosphere. Definitely not bad at all, especially for a horror period piece. Other than the slightly rushed conclusion, I can't really say anything bad about it. It took over a year to finally get a release (in any form), but the wait was well worth it. I love stuff like this, so it was almost perfect for me. One of the better horror films of the past year. 9/10.


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