A NIGHT IN THE WOODS
2014/2015: VERTIGO FILMS AND INFINITE WISDOM STUDIOS
FOUND-FOOTAGE HORROR GENRE
A good-looking British entry burrows more deeply into character than the average found-footage foray into the woods...
This good-looking, creditably tangled Brit entry benefits from a better-than-average jolt-count and rigorous, dirty-fingernails acting from Scoot McNairy (Monsters) and Anna...
Richard Parry's film is unusual in using its 80-odd minutes to burrow down into these characters and match their psychic states with the (still underfilmed) location's physical terrain: one way or another, these relationships will end up on the rocks...
The Guardian ★★★☆☆
Effective scares and is remarkably well-acted by all three leads…. with skillful improv from the cast and some genuine frights, this is a worthy retread.
An Anglo-American couple (Anna Skellern, Monsters star Scoot McNairy) and the woman's cousin (Andrew Hawley) dare to go camping in spooky Wistman's Wood in Dartmoor. But a potent mix of jealousy, paranoia and old wives' tales soon quickens the pulse as relations between the trio deteriorate with drastic consequences. It's derivative stuff (though Parry claims his own childhood memories of camping in the wood fuelled the project), but the improvised performances of the cast, the beautiful yet isolated location and dynamic camerawork keep things watchable.