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Dead Wood

UK 2007
produced by
David Bryant, Sebastian Smith, Richard Stiles for Menan Films
directed by David Bryant, Sebastian Smith, Richard Stiles
starring Fergus March, Emily Juniper, John Samuel Worsey, Rebecca Craven, Nina Kwok, David Bryant, Leighton Wise
written by David Bryant, Sebastian Smith, Richard Stiles, music by Chris Bouchard, Adam Langston, special makeup effects by Mike Peel, visual effects by Richard Stiles

review by
Mike Haberfelner

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A quartet of big city kids (Fergus March, Emily Juniper, John Samuel Worsey, Rebecca Craven) go into the woods to do a bit of camping, but of course they have little respect for the forest as such and thus their car runs over some deer, they steal eggs from a bird's nest and throw away their garbage in the open. Thus even in their first night, the forest seems to turn against them, scaring them shitless with a bunch of noises. The next morning, our four youngsters find a girl, Ketsy (Nina Kwok), sitting at their campfire, who claims she has lost her boyfriend (David Bryant) in the woods, but when the others help her looking for him, they one after the other get lost instead as well, until only Larri (Emily Juniper) is left standing, and she has to find out it's the forest itself which has taken her friends,  the forest which can take any human form to lure actual humans into doom. Somehow, Larri can make it back to the car (and being run over by another car when doing so doesn't affect one bit), fetch a cannister of gas, and burn down the strip of wood that has seemed to threaten her and her friends - even if she has to burn to death with it.

But wait, is anyone, is she, is the forest really dead?

The last image, in which Larri seems to grow out of a tree to kill an over-ambitious lumberjack, suggests no.


Weak and derivative horror flick that starts out like a Blair Witch Project rip-off, then takes the teen slasher route to ultimately lose itself in its eco horror motives that are never developed to the fullest. That none of the film's three (!) directors was able to create anything remotely resembling a creepy atmosphere doesn't help the film much either, nor do the below-average performances by all of the involved or the uninteresting characters they are forced to play. That all said, the film is not godawful, just something you shouldn't even bother to see.


review © by Mike Haberfelner


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