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Dead Wood
Dead Wood
Actors: Fergus March, Emily Juniper, John Samuel Worsey, Rebecca Craven, Nina Kwok
Directors: David Bryant, Richard Stiles, Sebastian Smith
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
R     2009     1hr 25min

Anxious to get out of the city, two couples pack up and head out for a long weekend in the woods. Events take a turn for the worse when a girl mysteriously appears at their campsite looking for her missing boyfriend. The n...  more »


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Actors: Fergus March, Emily Juniper, John Samuel Worsey, Rebecca Craven, Nina Kwok
Directors: David Bryant, Richard Stiles, Sebastian Smith
Creators: David Bryant, Richard Stiles, Sebastian Smith
Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Sub-Genres: Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Studio: Lions Gate
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 07/07/2009
Original Release Date: 01/01/2009
Theatrical Release Date: 00/00/2009
Release Year: 2009
Run Time: 1hr 25min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish

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Deidra C. (Deidra670) from GARRETT, KY
Reviewed on 9/27/2010...
I was prepared to be a hard nosed, bored horror buff, ready to pounce on a weak, color by numbers silly mess. But DEAD WOOD is a really good British horror film. Although it's obvious from the getgo this is a low budget production, low budget doesn't always make it a bad thing. The premise is a horror staple--two couples decide to go camping in the woods, but then there is a twist. A lone girl stumbles into camp and asks for help finding her boyfriend who has disappeared in the woods. Then everything quickly falls apart.

DEAD WOOD doesn't have lots of gore or lots of fancy CGI effects, but what it does have is a good story, a consistent plotline and a great deal of tension, fright and suspense. If you want a horror video with some meat to it, something that will make you think, check out DEAD WOOD.

The forest is dark. Very dark
4 of 4 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

I agee! Sure to scare the hell out of you!
P. B Rubalcaba | Redlands, CA USA | 01/27/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This one goes for the juggler...and you'll need a loved one beside you as the frightmare unfolds. Great film. It is actually what "Blair Witch" would have been with a larger budget...but this one is not a BIG budget film...Kudos to David Bryant, Sebastian Smith and Richard Stiles. It's not easy to break new ground in the flooded horror-film market. You have! I'm looking forward to the next one.!"
Real horror fans should definitely give this film a chance
Daniel Jolley | Shelby, North Carolina USA | 01/31/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)

"This low-budget British indie surprised me by turning out to be a decent little horror film. Some will beg to differ (the film has been savaged in some amateur reviewing circles), but what I see in Dead Wood is a truly independent film that tries to avoid the most pervasive of genre clichés even as it pays its own sort of homage to the likes of The Blair Witch Project and Evil Dead. It leaves too many questions unanswered, but by gum it does manage to distinguish itself from most of the other unoriginal, done to death "camping trip from hell" films. If you want to watch a by-the-numbers slasher film, this isn't it.

I personally don't see the appeal of traveling deep into a forest way out in the middle of nowhere and spending a few days away from the modern conveniences of life. The four characters in this film, however, look upon this camping trip as a good thing. It's sort of an odd pairing, as one of the two "couples" seemingly don't know each other very well. Larri (Emily Juniper) and Webb (Fergus March) are together, but I'm hard pressed to figure out how Larri's cousin Milk (John Samuel Worsey) convinced Jess (Rebecca Craven) to come along - although it's obvious from the start that Milk has the hots for the girl. In any event, they all go camping together. One ominous tragedy later, they head off to find a campsite, discovering a mysteriously abandoned tent along the way. The next morning, a strange Asian young lady (Nina Kwok) shows up at camp with a story about her boyfriend having disappeared. The gang promises to help find the missing camper, but a couple of their own number mysteriously disappear over the course of the weekend. The ones who remain desperately try to find their way out of the woods before they also fall prey to the escalating horror taking place all around them.

I'm not going to attempt to explain the circumstances of the danger set amidst these particular woods, but I will say that it is not your typical form of existential threat. In other words, this is not a slasher film. The victims simply disappear, leaving the viewer wondering what actually happened to them as the story unfolds. In all honesty, it isn't explained very well and wouldn't be that effective even if it were, but the filmmakers do have the good sense not to show their hand too early. This does nothing to make the film scary or intense, but it does make the film a little more interesting than it would have been otherwise. Unfortunately, the filmmakers do give in at the very end and throw a badly clichéd final shot at us.

There's nothing great about this film, but the acting is OK, the special effects are surprisingly good in places, and the story does maintain a degree of uncertainty up until the very end. On the down side, however, there are just too many plot holes, the first half of the movie drags in places, and it doesn't deliver any real scares. That being said, I am definitely on the side of those urging horror fans to give Dead Wood a chance. While the film definitely has a number of faults and weaknesses, filmmakers David Bryant, Sebastian Smith and Richard Stiles deserve some credit for thinking outside the slasher film box and producing a film that defies conventions, especially given such a low budget to work with."