What chases you out of the woods? Or perhaps lures you in? What scares us about the woods? Being lost, wild animals, haunted ritual lands? Or something all together different. With the May long weekend the official kick off to summer in Canada, many of us areflocking to campgrounds, cabins, parks, and just about anywhere off the beaten path. Indulging in s’mores, fresh air, and perhaps a ghost story or two! What better way to get in on the fun if your stuck in the city then picking up a couple of good creepy films and try out my sheet pan s’mores from this past post https://www.alittleofanything.com/home/2018/4/4/girls-movie-night-eats-and-treats to go with them.
The Ranger (2018)
Synopsis - Teen punks, on the run from the cops and hiding out in the woods, come up against the local authority - an unhinged park ranger with an axe to grind.
Available on Shudder
My Thoughts - Fun short little movie. Good cheesy humor! The beginning was a bit dull but once the kids get into the forest we get to have a little fun.
Lake Bodom (2016)
Synopsis - Every camper's worst nightmare came true at Lake Bodom in 1960 when four teenagers were stabbed to death while sleeping in their tent.
Available on Shudder.
My Thoughts - I found this a very clever film. It was visually lovely, the forest shots, and especially the under water camera work. It really kept a solid tense feeling throughout the film. The plot twist was genius. I could go on about how well this works but I am against giving spoilers. Really great to watch, a fresh remix of the slasher but without overly gore filled shots and sex. This film stands on its storyline. Be warned it’s subtitled but thatvreally only added to it for me.
Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)
Synopsis - During a rural summer picnic, a few students and a teacher from an Australian girls' school vanish without a trace. Their absence frustrates and haunts the people left behind.
Viewed on TCM, there is a newer mini series available on Cravetv.
My Thoughts - It’s not for everyone but if you enjoy period pieces and that 70’s hammer horror/artsy look then this will work for you. I would not consider this horror, a great mystery though. I’m interested to watch the resent mini series and see how it translates with a more modern filming and style.
Haunted Forest (2007)
Synopsis - A man driven by his grandfather's mysterious past, Sean searches for the key to a man's sudden disappearance within a dark forest. He believes it may have a connection to an enigmatic tree that now haunts his dreams. Sean's friends, along with two young women, accompany him on his quest. Things soon turn deadly as Satinka, a beautiful and vengeful spirit, wreaks her revenge for an unspeakable crime committed over 200 years ago. This hurls the group into a foreboding ecological nightmare, on a road straight to Hell.
Available on Popcornflix.
My Thoughts - Decent. This movie had a good idea, good storyline. Definitely some polishing as far as the length of scenes and dialogue. For a low budget film it’s good. Very influencenced by Asian horror and effects very similar to classic B horror a la Evil Dead. If this could have gotten a high budget I think this could be a truly fun film.
The Cabin In The Woods (2011)
Synopsis - Five friends go for a break at a remote cabin, where they get more than they bargained for, discovering the truth behind the cabin in the woods.
Available on Netflix.
My Thoughts - Fun! Cute concept bringing together something new with something old. But... The CGI really was awful. Although this film is chalk full of humour and does not take itself seriously. Not really like watching a horror movie but a fun movie.
This was on of the better movie groupings I have watched lately. Please if you can check out a few and let me know your must see flicks!