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Deep in the Woods (2000)

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"A troupe of actors are hired to perform for a young boy's birthday at a remote mansion. The party goes well, except for some unusual behavior by the youngster and his grandfather, but then things take a turn for the worse when the police come by to warn everyone that a murderer is roaming loose in the area. The actors decide the safest thing to do is to stay in the mansion, but soon the bodies start piling up. Could the killer be the old man, the young boy, or one of the actors themselves?"

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Review Date: 30 July 2003 My Rating: out of 5


This critically acclaimed French film won the Grand Prize (Silver) at the Catalonian Film Festival for Best European Fantasy Film, but does it live up to it's reputation?

Five young actors are hired to perform their controversial take on Little Red Riding Hood for eccentric millionaire Axel de Fersen and his autistic Grandson at his Chateau deep in the woods. As if that wasn't bad enough a serial rapist/murderer is on the loose.

This film showcases some of the best scenery and locations I have ever seen in foreign cinema, and these are not the only good points. Right from the start the film uses some wonderful cinematography and fantastic sound design.

Besides the aesthetics, the young cast are great at playing jealous rivals with big egos whilst appearing to be the best of friends, and the supporting characters also do a great job in making you question whether they are good or bad.

From start to finish we are shown many disturbing and alarming images, and the effects work is flawless in the gory death sequences. By far the best scene however, is the first time we see the killer - it is absoloutely chilling!

The film also shows strength in it's few humorous moments from the performance of Red Riding Hood to Axel de Fersen's letcherous advances to one of the characters (which at the same time unsettles the viewer).

European horror is at an all time high right now and with entries like this it is no surprise. Deep in the Woods is a beautifully shot, brilliantly acted piece of film-making, with brilliant use of fairytale imagery. The ending is somewhat confusing but doesn't ruin the overall effects of the film.

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