Hidden in the Woods

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Hidden in the Woods

Post by jonbly » Fri Aug 24, 2012 5:51 pm

4/10 - The 'raw' feel didn't really work for jonbly - things wandered aimlessly between intense and ludicrous, so there was never any build up of tension. Didn't help that some viewers lost interest enough to start chatting at the end.

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Re: Hidden in the Woods

Post by Blandhorror » Fri Aug 24, 2012 10:57 pm

I love how you refer to yourself in third person.

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Post by morralex » Sat Aug 25, 2012 1:26 am

Words cannot describe my feelings towards this. I have never walked out of a film until today.
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Hidden in the Woods

Post by MaxRenn » Sat Aug 25, 2012 8:07 am

Complete crap!
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Re: Hidden in the Woods

Post by Blandhorror » Sat Aug 25, 2012 8:48 am

Ha! You walked out! That's the most damning review a film can have!

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Re: Hidden in the Woods

Post by AdeBrown » Sat Aug 25, 2012 10:46 am

Somehow, the story was too similar to Seasoning House, and it suffered from that.
And from the general "low budget" nature of the second half.
Oh, the abuse cycle was not particularly well told ...

In an attempt to be positive, I quite liked that first slow motion shot of the girl running down the road.
(But at that point I also got an inkling that this film was not going to be for me.)

The only film I have ever walked out of is Boxing Helena.
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Re: Hidden in the Woods

Post by sherbetbizarre » Sat Aug 25, 2012 1:35 pm

AdeBrown wrote:The only film I have ever walked out of is Boxing Helena.
You can tell the director that on Monday :D

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Re: Hidden in the Woods

Post by EvilAsh » Sat Aug 25, 2012 4:41 pm

Just an awful film.

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Re: Hidden in the Woods

Post by svengalidonut » Sat Aug 25, 2012 7:13 pm

The blow job scenes were memorable.

I assumed the feral pack would ambush and murder the drug lord's family.
But these beautiful characters appear to drive off safely...

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Post by Kris » Sat Aug 25, 2012 9:13 pm

Hmm, it was gritty and grim but it wasn't great, yet it wasn't terrible.

Story wise it could have lost the cannibal story and just played the two abandoned sisters who fought back.

Has potential but didn't fulfill it
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Re: Hidden in the Woods

Post by Stephen with ph » Sat Aug 25, 2012 11:50 pm

This was just horrible :shock:

Not helped by the unintentionally poor subtitles...

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Post by damatotomato » Sun Aug 26, 2012 4:15 am

This film was a Grimm-like fairytale horror-crime story with a big nasty injection of wicked humour. It's no surprise Hollywood has already snapped up a remake from the original director (currently in development).

Hidden in the Woods earned a long round of applause at its Frightfest 2012 screening. A cross between Lucky McKee's The Woman, Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs and Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn (without the vampires!), it featured lush and vibrant cinematography of Chilean locations and a pounding country/blues-rock score mixed in with gorgeous, atmospheric piano and appropriately synthy gloom. Ominous sound effects also punctuated the action, in the best Lynchian tradition.

The men were scumbags, drug dealers and earned delicious revenge at the hands and teeth of the two sisters who had been kept captive since birth by their brutal father, himself at the mercy of the local drug baron who, in the film's climax, comes looking for them all, and the missing stash of drugs. The dad had allowed the local crimelord (with white twirly beard and luxury villa and two daughters kept in comfort and wealth, compared to the lives of the family we follow whose lives he has ruined) to rape his own wife and possibly his daughters too (something the dad himself was also prone to attempting, in scenes that were not shown in any detail).

The rape scenes here were the cause of some controversy at Frightfest, understandably, and they are upsetting but brief, shot frenziedly and not lingering at all. I also felt they had purpose within the plot to create this montrous father figure, demonising him to the extent that the eventual revenge felt all the more sweet. But they were hard scenes to get through, and less sanitised -rightly - than Hollywood's usual salacious version of the same awful crime.

The Dad; the monster - all hairy of body and thick of muscle, was the 'ogre under the bridge', with his two daughters' 'trip, trip, tripping footprints' above - the beast that could burrow out of soil with his bare hands. The best movie monster since Karloff did Frankenstein.

Regarding accusations of misogyny from some critics towards the film, I can only report back that the usherette I sat next to (I was on the aisle seat, she was perched on the stairs.. at least I hope she was an usherette and not something more sinister) munched sweets and chuckled throughout the screening (actually, beginning to think she was definately something more sinister now!) and there was also a question from a young female fan at the Q&A after the movie to the director that started with her saying how much she loved the movie and the bloody ending (that was very reminiscent of a sprawled Tim Roth from Reservoir Dogs, with most of the cast writhing on a slick of their own blood on the tiled floor of the local drug baron's villa while shooting at each other at close range) and even said she found the film 'sexy' - well, the scene between one of the daughters and the married man in the motel room was a rare moment of fairly consensual steaminess and the two girls did ooze a certain sexuality when chasing through the jungle after the poor henchmen of the local drug baron who didn't know what was about to hit them between the legs!

Within the Woods was an unnerving, unexpected, vibrant, hip, very bloody, gun-toting, great-Grimm fairy tale of a gangster movie with horror edging, that I think will result in more head-swirling films from this young director, Patricio Valladares - who is clearly a real, unpredictable talent to witness and wait for.

Valladares hinted at Frightfest that future films will be more crime based, less horror. Which is (when you take away such dreamlike, surreal additions as the feral cannibal brother kept locked up in a room by Dad and released by the sisters) what this film is at heart; a really quite brutal but sly crime movie in a heady, nightmarish, adult fairytale setting. It's a genre all to itself. It's what a Frightfest film should be.

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Re: Hidden in the Woods

Post by Wolfshade » Sun Aug 26, 2012 4:25 am

Had the right horrible storyline to be a deeply disturbing movie but somehow failed to pull it off, and despite all the countless abuse/rape/prostitution/dismemberment scenes it really was never shocking at all...mainly because of the awful charateristation - you never feel anything for the girls and the story about the brother being brought up as a radbid wild animal was just done laughably. Not so much a hard watch as a tedious watch.

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Re: Hidden in the Woods

Post by Kris » Sun Aug 26, 2012 9:28 am

Wolfshade, my thoughts exactly
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Re: Hidden in the Woods

Post by DavieT » Sun Aug 26, 2012 9:48 am

Dire Dire Dire - a chunk of my life I'll never get back

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