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Set in 1965 New England, a troubled girl encounters mysterious happenings in the woods surrounding an isolated girls school that she was sent to by her disinterested parents.

Director:

Lucky McKee

Writer:

David Ross
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Agnes Bruckner ... Heather Fasulo
Emma Campbell ... Alice Fasulo
Bruce Campbell ... Joe Fasulo
Patricia Clarkson ... Ms. Traverse
Lauren Birkell ... Marcy Turner
Jane Gilchrist Jane Gilchrist ... Ms. Cross
Catherine Colvey ... Ms. Leland
Marcia Bennett ... Ms. Mackinaw
Rachel Nichols ... Samantha Wise
Kathleen Mackey ... Ann Whales
Cary Lawrence Cary Lawrence ... Ms. Charevoix
Colleen Williams Colleen Williams ... Ms. Arbor
Gordon Currie ... The Sheriff
Jude Beny ... School Nurse
Melissa Altro ... Barb (as Missy Altro)
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Storyline

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

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Private School. Deadly Lessons. See more »


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Rated R for horror violence and language, including sexual references | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

MGM/UA

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USA | UK | Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 September 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El bosque maldito See more »

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$12,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Patricia Clarkson and Angela Bettis's second film together. They played mother and daughter in the television adaption of Stephen King's Carrie. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[first lines]
Alice Fasulo: [to Heather in the back seat] Feet off the seat.
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Referenced in Unikal'noe pozdravlenie (2014) See more »

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In the Quiet of the Night (aka the choir piece)
Composed by Jammes Luckett (as Jay Barnes Luckett)/Poperratic
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Stylish, well acted, but distinctly lacking in chills
10 July 2006 | by Craig_McPhersonSee all my reviews

To hear Director Lucky McKee tell it at a post screening interview at the 2006 Fantasia film festival, the reason his movie The Woods hasn't been released is due to "corporate bullshit", however I'd have to say it has more to do with a distinct lack of tension and chills which, in a horror movie, isn't good. If you were looking for a reason why MGM has kept this movie sitting on the shelf for the past three years, this would be it.

Don't get me wrong. The Woods is a stylish, slickly made, well acted movie. Far worse have made their big screen debut, although simply because other studios have seen fit to put lesser fare in the cineplexes, doesn't necessarily mean they should follow suit with The Woods.

The movie tells the story of Heather (Agnes Bruckner), a troubled girl with a penchant for setting fires, who is relegated to an all girl boarding school by her parents, played by Canadian actress Emma Campbell and "The Chin" Bruce Campbell of Army of Darkness fame. It's there that she slowly learns that witchcraft is afoot and that she, along with select other students have been targeted for ulterior motives by the nefarious teaching staff as a result of their unique paranormal talents.

McKee, who rose to fame with his 2002 movie May, draws heavily on Italian horror cinema influences (the film bears more than a passing similarity to Dario Argento's Suspira), The Woods devotes far more time than most films of the genre building audience identification with the central characters, which normally is a good thing, however in this case it appears to have come at the expense of the fright factor. I suppose McKee was aiming for a slow, turn-of-the-screw approach to mounting tension, culminating with the film's orgasmic release, however it didn't work for me. Instead the movie seemed to plod along in a meandering fashion, only to suddenly kick into high gear during the final 15 minutes.

It's all too bad, really, because The Woods has many strengths going for it. It's terrifically photographed, the cinematography even plays with color hues throughout the film for a stylish effect. It's well acted with copious nifty quirks, the dialog flows naturally, and the special effects are superb. If only this movie delivered more chills than it promises, it would have probably been released a year or more ago.


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