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Across the Forest -- In the mountains of Transylvania, ancient beliefs in the supernatural can still be found. These beliefs are quickly dying out as the world modernizes around the tiny villages of the Carpathians. Two American filmmakers journey across the forest to collect stories of vampires, werewolves and forest spirits. Through conversations with Romanian villagers, the filmmakers take the viewer on a bizarre journey into the supernatural beliefs of a world that is rarely glismpsed and will never be seen again.

Presented here is the living folklore that haunts the collective imagination of Transylvania. See for yourself the tiny villages and ancient customs of this little known corner of the world. Devoid of reenactments and sensationalism, this documentary proves that fact can be stranger than fiction.


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Justin Blair (co-director)
Matthew Vincent (co-director)
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Directed by
Justin Blair (co-director)
Matthew Vincent (co-director)
Produced by
Justin Blair .... co-producer
Matthew Vincent .... co-producer
Cinematography by
Matthew Vincent 
Film Editing by
Justin Blair 
Art Department
Nina Broyles .... webmaster
Flaviu Haitonic .... illustrator
Sound Department
Justin Blair .... sound editor
Other crew
Marius Ardeleanu .... production assistant
Elena Marchis .... translator
Ioan Stanciu .... very special thanks

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An Intriguing Documentary, 24 June 2012
Author: John Turley from Los Angeles, California

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

This is not a movie. It is an 80-minute documentary, done using interweaving interviews with elderly Romanian villagers who describe their experiences with wolves, vampires, witches, and the like. Though they speak only Romanian, there are English subtitles. On occasion, some drawings are inserted showing forests and graveyards at night to match the stories currently being related.

These country folk clearly believe everything they tell us as fact. Ghosts, witches and vampires are all part of the folklore of this part of Europe, going back many centuries. These elder narrators reveal the stories in a matter-of-fact way.

This documentary had the feeling as if it were someone's pet project. They went off to Transylvania with a video camera and met some locals in different villages and asked them to tell some good ghost stories. Some editing and picture inserts came later.

I think this documentary was just long enough. Had it been longer, I would have lost interest. It seemed the countryside was beautiful, so I would not have minded a few more shots of it. I also am left wondering if any 'young' villagers believe in the supernatural? Everyone in the interview looks at least 70 years old! As the modern world encroaches upon all four corners of our world, is the old folklore of Transylvania disappearing?

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