24th Oct2014

Ten Best: Woodland Horrors

by Phil Wheat

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Deep in stark woodland at the base of Mount Fuji, restless whispers echo as the light fades on a mid-winter afternoon. Here, amongst a maze of roots, a lone figure takes her life, binding her body to the branches and her spirit to the undergrowth.

Years later, Miko and her college friends head into Suicide Forest. Miko yearns to abide a Halloween ritual steeped in demonic tradition which will release her mother’s trapped soul. Filming their journey amongst the shadows, strange things start to happen; angry murmurs and sightings of ghosts warn there are those who do not want them there. Suddenly, the path to life is barricaded by the dead who have nothing to lose…

To celebrate Grave Halloween (pictured above) being released on DVD on 27th October, we’ve decided to explore other iconic woodland horror films.

1. The Blair Witch Project

The Blair Witch Project follows three film students who go into a Maryland forest to film a documentary on the legend of the Blair Witch however leave only their footage.

2. Cabin in the Woods

A much more recent woodland horror from Avengers supremo Joss Whedon and starring Chris Hemsworth, Cabin in the Woods documents five teenagers that go for a break in a woodland cabin. When strange occurrences happen, they must discover the truth behind the cabin.

3. Eden Lake

Another horror based on young people with a headline grabbing cast (including Michael Fassbender, Thomas Turgoose and Jack O’Connel), Eden Lake focuses on a young couple who confront a group of teens after they refuse to let anything ruin their romantic getaway. However, the results are disastrous.

4. Cabin Fever

Arguably Eli Roth’s most well known film as director; Cabin Fever again focuses on a group of college students venturing into the woods. This time however, the gang fall victim to flesh eating virus, which in turn attracts the attention of the homicidal locals.

5. I Spit on Your Grave

From the director of Grave Halloween, I Spit on Your Grave follows a writer who is attacked during a cabin retreat and is left for dead. She decides to seek revenge on her attackers in the most brutal way possible.

6. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

The original Texas Chainsaw Massacre has become one of the most seminal horror films of all time. Five friends decide travel to one of their grandfather’s house in the country only to be intimidated and haunted by a chainsaw wielding killer and his family of cannibals. Trailer: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

7. Wrong Turn

After an unsuccessful camping trip in West Virginia woodland, six people find themselves trapped by a group of grossly disfigured men caused by generations of in-breeding.

8. Mama

Jessica Chastain and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau star as a couple who have to raise his young nieces that were abandoned in a forest for five years. The question is how alone were they?

9. Hatchet

A group of tourists on a New Orleans haunted swamp tour find themselves stranded in the wilderness. Inevitably, what was meant to be an evening of fun and adventure turns into a nightmare of epic proportions.

10. Antichrist

Lars Von Trier’s Antichrist has been become one of the most shocking horror films since being released in 2009. The film itself focuses on a grieving couple who retreat to their cabin in the woods in attempt to repair their troubled marriage. However as ever with this genre, things go from bad to worse.

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