A young coed (Nan Barlow) uses her winter vacation to research a paper on witchcraft in New England. Her professor recommends that she spend her time in a small village called Whitewood. He... See full summary »
John Llewellyn Moxey
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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
The teachers all have names that are Northern Lower Peninsula Michigan towns - Charlevoix, Mackinac, (Glen) Arbor, Traverse. See more »
Samantha trows a glass of milk at Marcy's face. After that, Heather punches Samantha and the girls quickly get in a brutal fist fight. In the next shot that shows Marcy, her face and chest are completely dry and clean, with no traces of milk whatsoever. See more »
I believe I am doomed to never catch THE WOODS all the way through, despite owning a DVR, but I have now seen most of it over two or three viewings. A troubled girl is sent to a girls' boarding school set in the woods, and from there her troubles only mount. She hears voices, witnesses nasty things going on in school, keeps getting into it with a jealous adversary, and periodically exhibits traces of telekinesis, making various objects stand on end and dance. In the end, which I am yet to see completely, her power linked with those of two other school girls, keeps three ancient witches from doing something nasty, like swapping bodies or something equally bad. The movie is slow-going and moody, but genuinely scary. I understand the ending dissatisfied many viewers. Maybe some day I will find out why. Agnes Bruckner as the new arrival is the real focus of the film, and she gives an amazing performance for a then-20 year old playing a teenager. The wonderful Patricia Clarkson is the slightly mysterious school dean. The rest of the cast are pretty much unknowns. The film, while American, set in Connecticut and shot in Canada, feels almost foreign, as if it were set in Germany, for example. Also, I was reminded from time to time of Argento's witchcraft masterpiece SUSPIRIA, although there is no gore in THE WOODS.
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