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      Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror

      2021 3 hr. 14 min. Documentary Horror List
      100% 50 Reviews Tomatometer 90% Fewer than 50 Ratings Audience Score WOODLANDS DARK AND DAYS BEWITCHED is the first feature-length documentary on the history of folk horror, exploring the phenomenon from its beginnings in a trilogy of films - Michael Reeves' The Witchfinder General (1968), Piers Haggard's Blood on Satan's Claw (1971) and Robin Hardy's The Wicker Man (1973) - through its proliferation on British television in the 1970s and its culturally specific manifestations in American, Asian, Australian and European horror, to the genre's revival over the last decade. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Premiered Jan 16 Buy Now

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      Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror takes a fascinating deep dive that'll leave like-minded viewers making numerous new additions to their streaming queues.

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      a a This is the best study of archaic images in cinematic art that I have ever seen in my life, executed meticulously. What a pity that this is such a short study, I am sure that it would have been possible to release 3 episodes of 2 hours each. In any case, this is the best I've seen from such an important horror genre. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 12/18/23 Full Review Laurel P If you enjoy folk horror, want to know more about it, or are doing any sort of research on horror films, this is a must-see. Not at all boring, very engaging to dig into what folk horror is and does, and why it makes these moves. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member Meticulously researched and detailed, this film explains and documents the horror subgenre. Though the focus is on European and especially British folk horror, it does put it in context with films from all over the world - all exploring the modern man's anxiety around not so distant past represented by rural living, old religions and ancient cultural practices. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review brad p ‘Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror' Dives Deep Into Subgenre Analysis Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member This movie sucks. I guess technically it's a documentary. It's dry boring uninteresting and not at all scary. It just sucks. I guess if you are into folk horror to the degree that you are a folk horror nerd- you may like this movie. However, I learned from this one micro genre of movies that I will permanently avoid. Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 02/07/23 Full Review Morgan D A lot of documentaries that cover multiple films at once struggle with being too cursory. Woodlands doesn't have this problem and thoroughly engages with the rich themes in folk horror. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 04/28/22 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Leslie Felperin Guardian At three-and-a-bit hours long, this is worth every geeky minute if you're into the genre of the title - think Witchfinder General all the way through to Midsommar. Rated: 4/5 Jan 5, 2022 Full Review Richard Whittaker Austin Chronicle Roots intertwine, single trees become forests, moss grows in between boughs, and myths dance twixt sunlight and shadows. Folk horror, like the old ways, will find you before you find it. Mar 25, 2021 Full Review David Ehrlich indieWire Janisse's voice is just as expressive through the shape that she gives to the film, and the connections that she draws between disparate traditions. Rated: B Mar 24, 2021 Full Review Carey-Ann Pawsey Orca Sound The entire history of folk horror films is revealed here as well as where it is looking to go in the future. So comprehensive that if you are a fan then this is an a essential watch. Rated: 3.5/5 Mar 10, 2022 Full Review Christopher Cross Tilt Magazine One of the most impressive, well-focused documentaries on a genre of film, ever. Rated: 4/5 Feb 15, 2022 Full Review Roger Moore Tribune News Service Breathtakingly thorough...but in being this long and broad in scope, "Woodlands" can't help but feel repetitive - exhaustingly-so. Rated: 2.5/4 Jan 27, 2022 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Synopsis WOODLANDS DARK AND DAYS BEWITCHED is the first feature-length documentary on the history of folk horror, exploring the phenomenon from its beginnings in a trilogy of films - Michael Reeves' The Witchfinder General (1968), Piers Haggard's Blood on Satan's Claw (1971) and Robin Hardy's The Wicker Man (1973) - through its proliferation on British television in the 1970s and its culturally specific manifestations in American, Asian, Australian and European horror, to the genre's revival over the last decade.
      Director
      Kier-La Janisse
      Executive Producer
      Carl Daft
      Screenwriter
      Kier-La Janisse, Kier-La Janisse
      Production Co
      Severin Films
      Genre
      Documentary, Horror
      Original Language
      Portuguese (Brazil)
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Oct 26, 2021
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