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Scoot McNairy
Anna Skellern
Andrew Hawley.
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A Night In The Woods
Evil lurks in the West Country


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Plot
Three friends head into Wistman Woods near Dartmoor, an area that's reputed to be haunted by malevolent spirits. What happens next is recorded on the trio's camcorder.


Review
A Night In The Woods
This entry in the 'found footage’ horror cycle knowingly plays variations on The Blair Witch Project. Again, two guys (Scoot McNairy of Monsters, Andrew Hawley) and a girl (Anna Skellern) venture into haunted woods (here, near Dartmoor) toting video equipment and ambiguously lose their way, turning on each other as they are perhaps pestered by external forces. It makes the compulsion to film everything as much a source of horror as a necessary plot convenience. It may be that A Night In The Woods comes along a little too late in its cycle, but it has its effective scares and is remarkably well-acted by all three leads.


Verdict
A genre that's beginning to fray at the edges allows little room for innovation, standout found-footage flick Chronicle aside. But with skillful improv from the cast and some genuine frights, this is a worthy retread.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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A Night in the Woods echoes others but works

Spot on review, its hardly original stuff but the cast were acceptable in their parts, the film threw in some interesting human psychological dynamics and the Dartmoor setting is very atmospheric. Seen it before but still if you like "it" you'll like this. ... More

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