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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 estranged parents.

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Alice Fasulo
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Joe Fasulo
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Ms. Traverse
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Marcy Turner
Jane Gilchrist ...
Ms. Cross
Catherine Colvey ...
Ms. Leland
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Ms. Mackinaw
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Ann Whales
Cary Lawrence ...
Ms. Charevoix
Colleen Williams ...
Ms. Arbor
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The Sheriff
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School Nurse
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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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26 September 2006 (USA)  »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)
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This film, which sat on the shelf for nearly three years, caused M. Night Shyamalan to have to change the name of his 2004 film from "The Woods" to The Village (2004). See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 05 mins) During the car accident scene, when Heather's mother is killed and her body is placed on the car's side, the global view from above given by the camera going progressively up reveals a numerical error or an omission: At the beginning of the global view, wood and branches can be seen going from the mother's legs, running against the car's wheel and going toward the road. Some branches put on the ground also are visible under the car. A few seconds later, while the camera goes up, the branches suddenly disappear. See more »

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Samantha: [Heather kicks bathroom stall door to try and get out, Samantha has her pinned inside] Say it.
Samantha: [Heather kicks stall door again] Say it.
Samantha: "I'm a fire-crotch."
Heather: What?
Samantha: "I am a fire-crotch."
Heather: How many football players put it in you before your mom got sick of having another tramp around the house?
Girl #1: [Samantha pulls open the stall door angrily, then proceeds to punch Heather in the stomach] Nice one.
Samantha: [Heather is keeled over in pain] If you know what's good for you, you'll run away and never, ever come back.
Samantha: ...
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References Suspiria (1977) See more »

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Just Let Me Cry
Written by Marcus Barkan, Ben Raleigh
Performed by Lesley Gore
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Charming, but not as a horror movie
14 October 2006 | by (Moscow, Russia) – See all my reviews

If you try to estimate The Woods as a horror flick it's 2 out of 10. Scary? Impressive story? Good finale? Effects? ... are you kidding?

But despite of all the above the Woods is surprisingly watchable and somehow enjoyable. How's that?

Yes, it's style and imagery (excluding those ridiculous chopping scenes). Hypnotising manner of photography and acting. Slow dialogs, slow movements, close-ups on leading actresses, nice soundtrack selections, charming vocals in chorus scenes. Tea tanned picture, old-fashion haircuts and clothes.

Second, it's a human touch. I mean that scene with radio listening, scene when Heather mimics Mrs.Mackinaw, and so on. It's too common thing for nowadays horror flicks to forget that people are people in the first place, not just screaming dummies for chopping.

In fact, The Woods resembled me Body Snatchers - same slow, beautiful, stylish, and hypnotizing.


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