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Evil Calls: The Raven (2008)

The Legend of Harrow Woods (original title)
TV-MA | | Horror | Video 13 June 2011
A group of young people on a camping trip in the woods fall foul of a deranged family of in-breds.

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Richard Driscoll

Writers:

Richard Driscoll (screenplay), Richard Driscoll
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Driscoll Richard Driscoll ... George Carney (as Steven Craine)
Robin Askwith ... Vincent Carney
Norman Wisdom ... Winston
Rik Mayall ... Winston Junior
Richard Waters Richard Waters ... Karl
Jason Donovan ... Gary
Sonya Vine Sonya Vine ... Rachel
Kathryn Rooney Kathryn Rooney ... Anna
Charlie Allen ... Lewis
Christopher Walken ... Raven (voice)
Ben Tolkien Ben Tolkien ... James
Paul Battin Paul Battin ... Steve
Jules Wheeler Jules Wheeler ... Vivienne Carney
Eileen Daly ... Victoria
Vass Anderson Vass Anderson ... Professor Jackson
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Horror movie, following the adventures of a group of students who enter the haunted forest Harrow Woods. With the aim of investigating the disappearance of horror novelist George Carney, a group of students, encouraged by Gary, enter the forest where he was last seen two years ago. Uncovering more than they had bargained for - not least that the infamous 17th century witch Lenore Selwyn was burnt at the stake in Harrow Woods and died laying a curse upon the ground beneath her - the students soon find themselves in a battle for survival. Written by Susan Thompson

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The quite a good in there but I think it got abducted by the Blair Witch
2 August 2011 | by peteranderson975See all my reviews

The Legend of Harrow Woods (also called Evil Calls)

This is an artsy film with very little plot. It is also non-linear and I don't think making sense was important to the writer-director. So now you have more warning than I got when I picked up the DVD. The box lists some the actors who appear in it such as Rik Mayall, Norman Wisdom, Jason Donovan and Robin Askwith. It is true they are in the film but none of them are main characters except for perhaps Jason Donovan.

There are two stories being told throughout the film. One is the story of the Internetters - a bunch irritating spoilt brats who have this thing where they go to haunted places and investigate them on the birthday of one the club's members Gary (Jason Donovan) and Karl Richard Waters) run a website for the club. Gary has found out about a story of a family who have disappeared in Harrow Woods in New England ( yeah sure New England). The area has a legend that the area was cursed by a witch when they executed her there. So the Internetters are going to Harrows Woods with a bunch hand-held cameras to investigate, like a posh brat version of the Scooby Gang. The whole thing is getting streamed live on their website.

One of the group, Anna is psychic and she keep getting flashes of the family that disappeared. Through Anna's visions we learn more of that second story (and enjoy it more, leaving it each time with regret). George Carney, his wife Vivienne and their two kids go the woods with George's brother Vincent (Robin Askwith.).George thinks Vivienne and Vincent are having an affair and this fear is manifested in a series of identical interactions with three different toilet attendants. The first is Norman Wisdom looking very old and frail. The next one is Rik Mayall in full Alan B'stard mode and the third is a woman in a mask naked under her suit jacket in a toilet full of naked women wearing blindfolds.

This film really tried very hard to be weird with horrible images flashing by. The visions of the Carney family seems to be from a different film with a decent cast and a strong David Lynch vibe and its all shot on real film which has been processed to look old and decayed.

But this reasonably interesting film has been cut up and grafted into a badly acted shaky-cam Blair Witch copy. There only seems be two actors among the Internetters, Karl and Gary. The rest of them are very poor. They are also all very similar looking and a lot action is in the dark so its difficult to see what's going on. It did not help things when Eileen Daly appeared as another psychic called Victoria which giving the film a cheesy ham attack.

The 3D was one thing that seemed to work out. It was dark and often hallucinatory and in those scenes it worked out nicely.

I cannot recommend this film to anyone I know since I think they will all hate it . I didn't hate it but I don't imagine seeking it out to watch again. It has some female nudity and a small amount of gore (not counting the gallons of red liquid splashing about all over the place

Rating 5/10


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