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A Night in the Woods -- On what is intended to be a fun camping trip to investigate and to chill in the atmosphere of the legendary haunted past of Dartmoor’s Wistman’s Woods, Brody, his girlfriend Kerry and her cousin Leo very soon find themselves mysteriously ill at ease both with their surroundings and their companions.

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Brody, his girlfriend Kerry and their friend Leo go hiking in Dartmoor's Wistman's Woods, so named because of its legendary haunted past... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Scoot McNairy ... Brody Cartwright

Anna Skellern ... Kerry Hastings

Andrew Hawley ... Leo

Directed by
Richard Parry 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Richard Parry  written by

Produced by
Nick Love .... producer
Allan Niblo .... producer
James Richardson .... producer
Huberta Von Liel .... co-producer
 
Cinematography by
Simon Dennis 
 
Film Editing by
Christine Pancott 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lucas Elliot Eberl .... second unit director (as Luke Eberl)
 
Sound Department
Freddie Claire .... sound recordist
Udit Duseja .... sound effects editor
Clemens Endreß .... foley artist
Clemens Endreß .... foley editor
Jamie G. .... additional foley (as Jamie Gordon)
Roland Heap .... sound designer
Roland Heap .... sound re-recording mixer
Don 'Chudi' Nelson .... additional foley
Marc Specter .... dialogue editor
 
Visual Effects by
Seb Barker .... visual effects supervisor
Matthew Lawrence .... visual effects artist
Brad Le-Riche .... visual effects artist
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Francesco Bori .... camera assistant
Ben Jones .... camera assistant: second unit
Simon Woodgate .... infra red camera consultant
 
Editorial Department
Thomas Aston .... colorist
Rachael Ellis .... post-production coordinator
Caite Ni'Ceileachair .... post-production coordinator
Christopher Key .... additional editing (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Lol Hammond .... music supervisor
Vicki Williams .... music co-ordinator
 
Other crew
James Carney .... production assistant (as James Thompson)
Thomas Dixon .... in-house production coordinator
Sophie Falkner .... production assistant
Paul Hillier .... insurance
Stephen Hole .... CFO: Vertigo Films
Dominique Lecchi .... post production assistant
George McKenzie .... director: EPK/Making-of documentary
Dominic Stabb .... in-house creative
Siggy Stone .... production assistant
Laura Strack .... post production assistant
Maria Vogel .... post production assistant
 

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The UK's answer to the Blair Witch, 27 May 2014
Author: bowmanblue from United Kingdom

It's amazing that this film was ever made. Not because it's particularly bad, but simply because I can't imagine the sales pitch that financed it. It must have gone along the lines of: 'A Night in the Woods is a film that's shot entirely from the point of view of a single camera operator and is about three friends who go hiking in the woods, only to get picked off by an evil witch.'

Surely the studio executive listening to that pitch would have said, 'Yeah, but... isn't that the Blair Witch Project?' And they'd be right. Only this one is made in England. Otherwise it's pretty similar. As I say, it's not as bad as it could be. The three characters are pretty amusing and there's a fair bit of UK vs US banter between the English girl and her American boyfriend, plus they're pretty realistic in the way they all interact. Then there's the scenery. The film is a decent advert for the English countryside, showing some really scenic shots of Dartmoor. These become increasingly creepy as the night vision techniques are used.

However, from a promising start, we're soon treated to a pub-load of country bumpkins that happen to tell them sinister tales, foretelling what's to come (ala every other film of this type). Then, after a long build up with nothing vaguely supernatural happening, odd things start to occur (and one of the three vanishes mysteriously, again, just like Blair Witch).

I thought that perhaps it shouldn't have been filmed from the first-person and the film-makers should have stuck with a more simple approach. At least that way it would be a little less like Blair Witch. Plus, and I hope people won't think that this is too much like a spoiler, but the very first shot of the film is text explaining that these three people were never seen again and this footage has been edited together to 'explain' it. I found that this kind of removed the tension as to who might or might not survive. If you know all three are never going to be seen again, it does kind of take away some of the mystique.

If Blair Witch was never made, this might have been thought of more highly. As it is, A Night in the Woods is sadly little more than a poor copy of a better film. It's not bad, but it's hardly worth seeking out, unless you're really into these 'first person' films.

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