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Cast: Stephen Cromwell, Aoife King, Sandra Hayden Mason
A group of friends trying to repair their strained relationships decide to spend the weekend camping at a music festival. On route they stop off at a small town in the middle of rural Ireland. However, this seemingly idyllic country town is darkened by a history of strange events. Can a town that is inherently evil literally tear them apart? Can they survive.... The Devil's Woods
"The Devil's Woods" tells the story of two couples, Keith and Jennifer and Jay and Katie as they head out on a camping trip to a music festival. But the girls don't know the woods they will be camping in has a history of extreme violence so when they find out they get pretty mad about it as you can imagine so they decide to play a prank on their boyfriends to get even but what they don't know is the legend is very real and all their lives are in great danger.
The film starts off with a brutal sense of violence as a young woman is attacked and raped by a stranger in the woods but then another man attacks the stranger and kills him and then goes after the woman, the scene quickly changes and we begin to meet our four main characters. From there the story slows down and we get to know all four a little better and we get a better idea where they are going. At some point they need to stop at a local pub to get directions and have a drink but the locals inside are rude and very strange so they don't stick around long. They then finally reach their camp grounds and set up tents for the night but it isn't long before they are being stalked by a man in a mask and taken out one by one.
If I had one complaint about the film it would be that takes a bit too long getting to the camp ground but at the same time the last twenty minutes of the film more than makes up for it. Once the action starts things become tense, suspenseful and frightening and the action doesn't stop until the very end. There isn't anything new here, it is your straightforward slasher film but that never matters because what it does do it does well which is create a high sense of fear and isolation. Writer/Director, Anthony White manages to accomplish more on a shoe string budget than most Hollywood budget horror films and it ends up being much better than most of them as well. He also brought in a terrific cast including, Stephen Cromwell, Danielle Keaney, Daniel Mahoney, Caoimhe Cassidy, Eoin Quinn, and Aoife King. All four lead actors are amazing and each one gives a very realistic performance which makes the film that much more terrifying.
I was also impressive with the cinematography and sound here and the use of the woods really added a lot to the over all atmosphere of the film. "The devil's Woods" might not be perfect but it is pretty damn close to being. Director, Anthony White certainly has my attention after this amazing feature film debut and I for one look forward to seeing what he does next. The film is available now on DVD and Vod, you can order it HERE. I had a blast watching "The Devil's Woods" and I was on the edge of my seat for the last twenty minutes. If you are a fan of horror then I highly recommend checking out this little gem.
Released by BrinkVision
**** Out Of *****