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Dark Woods (2010)

Not Rated | | Thriller | 6 March 2010 (USA)
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A young married couple moves to a secluded area to cope with the wife's terminal illness. As the wife's condition gets worse, the husband's growing detachment from her forces him into a ... See full summary »


Michael Escobedo


John Muscarnero





Cast overview:
Tracy Coogan ... Susan Branch
John Muscarnero John Muscarnero ... Henry Branch
Mary Kate Wiles ... Alicia Larch
James Russo ... Sheriff Demming
Corey Mendell Parker ... Dr. Ben Lewis
Martine Jean Martine Jean ... Mrs. Turner
Mark Shady Mark Shady ... Rand Larch


A young married couple moves to a secluded area to cope with the wife's terminal illness. As the wife's condition gets worse, the husband's growing detachment from her forces him into a tumultuous relationship with a local teenage girl whom he rescues from a sexual assault. Written by Anonymous

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The deeper you go, the darker it gets.




Not Rated

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Release Date:

6 March 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Forbidden Attraction See more »


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$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Nom De Plume Films See more »
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The dark woods turned out to be sort of boring...
8 March 2011 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

I had expected more from this movie, a whole lot more actually. But hey, maybe it wasn't just my type of movie.

The story deals with a couple that goes into solitude as Susan (the woman) is dying, and they want to be together. Then while jogging, Henry (the man) stumbles upon a young girl in distress. He rescues Alicia and brings her into their cabin. Then from there, the story becomes one of human emotions, desires, struggles and inner turmoil. Enough said about the storyline without giving too much away.

Even though the storyline had potential, I wasn't entertained by it. The movie crept forward in a very, very slow pace, and I found it to be mind-numbing. Had the story moved forward faster, with more things happening, the movie would have been all the more better. For me, the movie took way to long to get from A to B, and that killed the movie for me.

The people in the movie were unfamiliar faces, to me at least. And I found the movie was carried by Tracy Coogan (playing Susan Branch) and Mary Kate Wiles (playing Alicia Larch). I didn't find John Muscarnero (playing Henry Branch) to really fully be in character. There was a single familiar face in the movie, though having only a supporting role, and that being James Russo (playing sheriff Demming). There are relatively few people in the movie, and it works well enough actually.

One thing that stands out in the movie was that they managed to put together a decent enough movie with a fairly small budget. And that was cool. Always nice when smaller companies put together something out of the ordinary, just a shame that the movie was slow to get anywhere. And also the scenery and sets were nice, I especially liked the feeling of isolation in the forest.

Overall, I found "Dark Woods" to be a below average movie. It is listed as a thriller, but there were hardly any thrills in the entire movie. And I think that actually was what lead me to pick up this movie, so I was expecting thrills and excitement. Having seen "Dark Woods", I can now honestly say that this movie, for me, doesn't have enough watching value for a second time.

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