A Night in the Woods opens at selected UK cinemas on 7th September 2012 and will be available on DVD and download on 10th September 2012. Pre-order yours here.
It’s bad enough trying to escape from a masked slasher in the college grounds or a nice suburban American cul de sac. At least you might be able to find a phone… Although the chances are the line will be cut just as the emergency services answer. But now imagine that the boogeyman is out to get you and you’re miles away from the nearest hint of civilization.
Welcome to the dark and twisted world of wilderness horror pictures.
A Night In The Woods takes its unlucky cast into the moors and dank woods of the British Isles, where folk legends stalk the night, looking for unwilling victims. Here are some other flicks that leave the city behind in their quest for gory thrills…
The Hills Have Eyes
Wes Craven’s cannibal family thriller still has a vicious grindhouse edge, decades after in came out of the Californian desert to spite unsuspecting cinema goers. With a clan – based on a real group of Scottish flesh eaters who fed on unsuspecting travelers – who are looking for fresh meat and a white bread all American family stranded in the emptiness ready to be preyed upon, this is a fiendish exercise in terror from a master of horror.
Friday The 13th
A deranged killer stalks a summer camp out in the sticks. No one but a crazy old man who warns people not to go up to Camp Crystal Lake is around to help the teenagers who go there. Typically, they party and have sex, a bad move in a Reagan-era slasher as lax morals will get you sliced and diced. They never pay attention to the crazy old man in these kind of pictures do they?
You can’t do a wilderness horror article without name checking a movie that’s actually called Wilderness can you? A bunch of young offenders are sent for a outward bounds weekend on an cut off island. This being a survival horror movie, things fall apart pretty quickly as something or someone starts taking out the wayward teens. Nasty, brutish and very violent, Wilderness is a movie that flies under the radar but deserves more praise.
Blair Witch Project
We’ll be saying more about the connections between A Night In The Woods and Blair Witch soon, but for now this classic found footage flick deserves a mention as it manages to squeeze terror from the most flimsy of ingredients – panicked actors, some sticks and stones, noises in the dark, a few arcane symbols and little else. As an example of how to scare the living daylights out of an audience for the price of high end sandwich, Blair Witch is next to unbeatable.