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Dark Woods (2003)

Villmark (original title)
5 Norwegians head for a cabin in the wilderness for a few days of team building. But strange things start happening - especially down by the water where they find an abandoned tent. Is there someone else?


Pål Øie


Christopher Grøndahl (screenplay), Pål Øie (story)
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Complete credited cast:
Bjørn Floberg ... Gunnar
Kristoffer Joner ... Lasse
Eva Röse ... Elin
Sampda Sharma Sampda Sharma ... Sara
Marko Iversen Kanic Marko Iversen Kanic ... Per (as Marko Kanic)
Simon Norrthon Simon Norrthon ... Tyskeren
Ivar Nørve Ivar Nørve ... Politimann
Torstein Løning Torstein Løning ... Grindåpneren
Cecilie De Lange Cecilie De Lange ... Tyskerens kone
Bjørn Jenseg Bjørn Jenseg ... Gunnars bestefar (voice) (as Bjørn E. Jenseg)
Sigbjørn Solheim Sigbjørn Solheim ... Gunnar som barn (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Andreas Bjorøy Andreas Bjorøy ... Ghost


The crew of the TV show "Real TV" with controlling boss Gunnar on the front line will soon begin production of a reality show for which participants are selected to survive in the wilderness. Gunnar has gathered a production team of four people: The friends Lasse and Per , the Swedish girl Elin and the new girl Sara. To test his new employees, Gunnar takes them to a log cabin where he used to spend summers as a kid. The cabin is located far away from civilisation, hidden in the dark, mysterious woods. The team has to make it through a weekend, finding food that nature has to offer, and neither cellular phones nor cigarettes are allowed. When Lasse and Per find a dead body in a lake near the cottage, the group is being tested. Gunnar is suggesting that they should continue the weekend without mentioning anything to Sara and Elin about what they found. But soon the team experiences some escalating incidents which lead to paranoia, accusations and mistrust. Written by Anonymous

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A frightening Norwegian Thriller
26 December 2011 | by ajit2106See all my reviews

A frightening Norwegian Thriller

8/10 Author: Ajit Tiwari from India 26 December 2011

Scandinavian cinema has always been a different genre. the depiction of character, the screenplay, subtleness etc. are always top notch.

A perfect example is Villmark (2003) AKA Dark Woods a creepy Norwegian horror or more than a horror.

Set in the Norwegian landscape, a TV crew and their fanatic boss want to shoot a show to survive in the wilds which will eventually make a mark in Reality television history. He (Gunnar) has gathered a production team of four people. The team goes to Gunnar's log cabin where he used to spend summers as a kid. And soon the crew has to survive the thrill, horror, suspicion and mistrust.

The choice of the cast is fantastic and we see some amazing performances which will keep the adrenaline up and frightening atmosphere almost up to the mark.

However there are some resemblances with "The Blair witch project", but it's original and scary enough, screenplay is far from clichés.

European movies more open to interpretation and not made for certain targeted audiences. It's up to the viewer, to read between the lines and understand the happenings.

An astonishing thriller.

My Vote 7.1/10

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Norwegian | Swedish

Release Date:

21 February 2003 (Norway) See more »

Also Known As:

Vildmark See more »

Filming Locations:

Kaupanger, Norway


Box Office


NOK6,500,000 (estimated)

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1.85 : 1
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