Woodenhead (2003)

 |  2 June 2006 (USA)
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An innocent rubbish tip assistant, Gert, is given the task of escorting a beautiful mute "princess", Plum, on a perilous journey to meet her prospective husband. Their journey is fraught ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Nicholas Butler ...
Teresa Peters ...
Steve Abel ...
Gert's voice
Mardi Potter ...
Plum (voice)
Tony Bishop ...
Lutz Halbhubner ...
Goerdel (voice)
Warwick Broadhead ...
David Hornblow ...
Strong Man
Kerryn McMurdo ...
Margaret-Mary Hollins ...
Henry Lee ...
Circus Ringmaster
Jacqueline Wilson ...
Alexa Wilson ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Georgie Hill ...
The Talented Anala


An innocent rubbish tip assistant, Gert, is given the task of escorting a beautiful mute "princess", Plum, on a perilous journey to meet her prospective husband. Their journey is fraught with danger, challenges, romance and discovery. In surreal action, they encounter a menagerie of characters and animals in far-flung corners of New Zealand. Written by James Hewison MELBOURNE FILM FESTIVAL

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Rather pointless and ugly.
8 April 2014 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I do not understand the other two reviews for "Woodenhead" because I thought the film was pointless and unrelentingly ugly. I think if I had just stared at vomit for 90 minutes, I could have had a similar experience without having to trouble Netflix for the DVD.

The film was made in black & white using what appears to be a hand-held camera. Oddly, when people talk, what you hear is absolutely nothing like it and the entire voice-track was added later. In most cases, lips don't move at all--you just hear the characters doing voice-overs like they are talking. It's also odd because there is a HUGE disconnect between what they say and what is. For example, often things are described as being magical but they are unrelentingly trashy and dirty.

The plot is a bit like Hansel & Gretel merged with "Freaks" and "Deliverance". Gert works at a garbage dump and the owner tells him to transport his daughter, the Princess, to her wedding. However, along the way they get lost, lose most of their clothes, find a dumpy shack filled with food, have sex (YUCK) and are later attacked by freaks. Can this incredibly ugly couple survive the freaks who are out to hurt them? And, more importantly, does anyone (other than the two other reviewers) care?!

As I already said, the film is pointless and weird. Some might like all this, as the film is repellent and kind of gross, so folks who think "Eraserhead" is great might also like it. As for normals, I cannot see any of them sticking with this film to the end. So what does that say about me?!

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