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Some violence, creepy imagery in uneven horror movie.

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What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

No positive messages in horror movie centered on a

Characters are archetypal horror movie characters.

Woman tied to a bed and raped, not shown. Man burn

Topless nudity in a window, brief. Nightmarish ima

"F--k" used several times. Also: "s--t," "hell."

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Parents need to know that The Village in the Woods is a 2019 British horror movie in which a young couple lured into a remote and dreary village find themselves targeted by sinister forces. Expect some horror movie violence and imagery throughout. A woman is shown tied to a bed, on the verge of being raped …

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No positive messages in horror movie centered on an immortality death cult.

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Woman tied to a bed and raped, not shown. Man burned alive in a cult ritual. Creepy horror imagery throughout. Knife pulled. Jump scares throughout.

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Parents need to know that The Village in the Woods is a 2019 British horror movie in which a young couple lured into a remote and dreary village find themselves targeted by sinister forces. Expect some horror movie violence and imagery throughout. A woman is shown tied to a bed, on the verge of being raped (not shown). A man is burned alive in a cult ritual. Jump scares throughout. Nightmarish imagery of people dressed in costumes while having sex. Brief topless nudity in a window. Upon entering a building, a man hears a couple having sex. "F--k" used several times. Characters get drunk on champagne and are drugged. Man shown passed out in bed with a bottle of booze next to his pillow. While the violence is more often implied than shown, the movie is still quite scary and is best for older teens and up. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails .

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1 star is enough for this bad movie! I regret to stream this online! Waste of my data connection!!!

What's the story.

In THE VILLAGE IN THE WOODS , Jason and Rebecca have arrived in a dreary, fog-filled village. Their plan is to pull an inheritance scam that will provide easy money and the financial well-being they've been lacking. When their car stalls out on the outskirts of the village of Coppers Cross, they enter the town and soon meet Emily ( Therese Bradley ), a welcoming matriarch of the village whose friendly engagement with Jason and Rebecca seems a little bit off, to put it mildly. Nonetheless, Jason and Rebecca enter The Harbour Inn, the building that they're claiming to now "own," and find it to be a dismal fixer-upper, and top of all that, a cantankerous man named Arthur gives them an unfriendly welcome, and strongly implies that he knows the real reason why they're there. Therese and other villagers give Jason and Rebecca an impromptu welcoming party, but Rebecca is starting to suspect that something is very wrong with The Harbour Inn and the villagers gathered around them. She starts to believe that the villagers know their secret, and there are some sinister forces at work. Rebecca must find a way to convince Jason to give up on their scam, and leave the village before they learn the horrifying truth about what the villagers are really intending to do with them.

Is It Any Good?

The Village in the Woods comes across as intending to be a tribute to many horror movies of the past, particularly British horror of the '60s and '70s, but the result is contrived. It's like the filmmakers really want you to know that this titular village, Coppers Cross, is creepy, unsettling, and dismal, and that the villagers aren't what they seem. Actually, the villagers seem creepy from the get-go, with voices belying something sinister beneath the false smiles and overdone courtesy. The expected plot twists aren't terribly surprising, and there's a point in the second act where everything is so beyond established, thoughts meander, and you spend more time thinking about how the lead actor looks like a bearded Keith Moon, the late drummer of The Who, than whether or not they'll survive this inheritance scam gone wrong.

It's not a bad movie, but it fails to chart any new ground out of all the movies that influence it. There's a feeling that one has seen this before, many times and in many ways. Creepy small-town folk, big-city strangers, death cults, ritual sacrifice, pagan costumes, and so much thick fog. Nothing truly unique comes out of it. There's nothing wrong with the acting, as everyone is doing what they need to be doing to set the eerie mood and create the suspense, but there just isn't enough to the story to make it especially memorable. Which just goes to show that the best nods to creative influences aren't by imitating what they did, but rather taking what they did as a starting point while creating something entirely new.

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Movie Details

  • In theaters : October 14, 2019
  • On DVD or streaming : January 19, 2021
  • Cast : Robert Vernon , Rebecca Johnson , Therese Bradley
  • Director : Raine McCormack
  • Studio : 4Digital Media
  • Genre : Horror
  • Run time : 82 minutes
  • MPAA rating : NR
  • Last updated : June 20, 2023

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Patrick Crossen is a writer currently living in Pittsburgh, PA…

Not many people think of horror as the educational genre. In fact, I’m sure if you asked the right type of person, you might find that some people think of horror as the genre of evil. The amoral genre. When in fact, horror is the most moral genre of all. People are punished in horror for their transgressions: the kids who spill the blood on the titular character in Stephen King ‘s  Carrie  are surely learning their lesson as their gym burns to the ground.  Get Out  gives Jordan Peele the opportunity to have a conversation about race in America, and would any of us ever consider breaking and entering after watching  Don’t Breathe ?

“The path” is a facet of horror that threads itself through all of these examples, and it stems all the way from the Hansel and Gretel fairytale. When we stray from the path, horror arrives. When we open the closet door, when we look under the bed, we surrender ourselves to the horror. We’ve strayed from the path and will face the consequences. We  must  face the consequences. Rain McCormack ‘s  The Village in the Woods  plays with these consequences, and puts his characters through small-town hell along the way.

The Village in the Woods  introduces us to Jason ( Robert Vernon ) and Nicky ( Beth Park ) a young couple on their way to a remote village in England that contains a pub that the couple have inherited. When they arrive, they are greeted by overly-friendly neighbors Maddy ( Therese Bradley ) and Charles ( Richard Hope ). Jason and Nicky are almost immediately put off by the neighbors, who almost too-enthusiastically welcome the couple to the small village. When Nicky starts hearing voices, has a run in with the cooky old neighbor, and begins to uncover the dark truth behind the village, she wants nothing more than to leave the place forever, but the neighbors have other plans for her.

THE VILLAGE IN THE WOODS: A Cautionary Tale To Keep You Out Of The Woods

What  The Village in the Woods  does with remarkable success is turn itself into a suffocation of setting. We begin the film in the thick fog of the town, surrounded by trees, which allows the film to positively ebb with fairytale vibes, like we’re on the way to grandma’s house. The house that Jason and Nicky enter is dim and dusty, and the film retains a dark and muted color scheme, almost lending itself to being black and white, like this is a town lost in time.

Keep It Simple

But the successful establishing of setting isn’t enough to keep this film from stumbling along the way.  The Village in the Woods  seems to be sure that it must tell its story as quickly as possible, allowing for very little time to get to know our main characters. If we don’t spend enough time with characters in films, the horror will not hit as hard when it finally befalls them. There’s a side-plot of Nicky and Jason only wanting to inherit the bar for the money, and this works wonders for the film. It allows us to realize that this couple has indeed strayed from the path. But the film also has Nicky pose as someone else when they enter the town, so that the residents think that she is a long lost child returned home. Where this plot line should add tension, it simply adds confusion. (You might even be confused reading this.)

THE VILLAGE IN THE WOODS: A Cautionary Tale To Keep You Out Of The Woods

Therese Bradley  is wonderful as Maddy, one of the sinister neighbors that welcome Nicky and Jason. With her hair in the style of Elizabeth Taylor in  Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?  it hints to the audience that she has something to hide, and that she has a personality that is unhinged and ready to burst. She’s a villainous standout in the film, and I would love to see her in more horror films to come. Hear that Hollywood? This is my Official Demand for more Therese Bradley. 

The Village in the Woods  is a deviant slow burn with just enough horror to satisfy you this Halloween, even if it gets a bit muddled along the way. With the leaves changing and the air getting a bit chillier, this is a good film to keep on your radar when it gets released near you.

What are your favorite horror films to watch during Halloween? Do you think you’ll add  The Village in the Woods  to the mix? Let me know in the comments below!

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The Village in the Woods Review: An Atmospheric Tension Builder

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The Village in the Woods is a horror mystery thriller from writer-director Raine McCormack, starring Richard Hope ( Poldark ), Rebecca Johnson ( The Trip ) and Therese Bradley ( Peaky Blinders ).

The Village in the Woods follows a couple, Nicky (Park) and Jason (Vernon), who are have inherited a remote pub in a village in the woods. The pair are immediately recognized by the locals Charles (Hope) and Maddy (Bradley) who see Nicky as a long-lost child of the village. As the couple spend more time in the village Nicky starts to notice certain actions which make her believe the villagers know she is a fake and they have bigger plans for her.

The Village in the Woods has a story that could easily follow in the footsteps of many films, with the mystery around the residents in the village when a new person or in this case couple arrive in it. We get the idea that the couple does feel uncomfortable; the villagers are overly friendly and we have one resident that will hint at the truth, without giving everything away to the newcomers. The story does seem to use ideas from some of the most famous horror movies, including The Wicker Man and Rosemary’s Baby , with each character being viewed in the same light as characters in those films.

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The Village in the Woods has performances from Richard Hope and Therese Bradley which come off genuinely creepy and overly friendly, making us feel uncomfortable throughout the film. Beth Park is strong in the film; she must make us believe she isn’t comfortable with the idea that she and her partner are involved in, showing the smart side to what makes her character feel uncomfortable. The Village in the Woods uses the mystery side of the film to help bring through the atmospheric horror we get to experience throughout, with the murky, fog-covered woodland that adds everything to the atmosphere we see in the film. One of the negatives in the film must come from the length, with it clocking in around 1 hour and 20 minutes, which does make the finale rushed, unlike the enjoyable pacing we have for the first two-thirds of the movie.

Overall this is a horror that does rely on the atmosphere, which is almost a character by itself, and keeps us feeling uneasy for the most part, reflecting just how the village is making the new couple feel.

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[It] doesn't do much to distinguish itself from the hundreds of other horror flicks that are based on a concept that people are trapped somewhere by evil forces. There are too many over-used clichés ... and the character development is non-existent.

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Some violence, creepy imagery in uneven horror movie.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5 | Jan 20, 2021

The Village In The Woods is easily recognised as a first film, one whose creators were learning on the job, and despite a few effective moments it just doesn't hang together.

Full Review | Original Score: 2/5 | Oct 11, 2019

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A young couple anxious to improve their lot in life. A remote village, hard to find on maps. Local people whose friendliness verges on the creepy. A mysterious, troubled old man who visits a grave among the trees. The Village In The Woods has all the ingredients of classic British folk horror and although it falls short of its ambitions it certainly captures the atmosphere that inspired director Raine McCormack.

Jason (Robert Vernon) and Rebecca (Beth Park) arrive at the village on a planned excursion complicated by car trouble, so it's clear from the start that getting out will not be as easy as getting in. They're there to take ownership of the long-abandoned local pub, letting the locals think they plan to re-open it when in fact they plan to sell. Their secrets go deeper than this but nevertheless, they're fairly sympathetic, former inhabitants of a children's home looking for the break that will enable them to get off benefits and make a proper go of life. The trouble is that the locals have secrets too and with every hour they spend in the village, the couple become more deeply ensnared.

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Using simple woodland locations and a cluster of crumbling old buildings, McCormack sets out to build atmosphere by layering on the fog. It's a great tool for low budget filmmaking, hiding a variety of sins, but in this case it seems to have affected the script as well as the set, with vagueness creeping in a little too often to try and hide the weaknesses in the plot. Despite the information initially withheld, there really isn't enough of this for 82 minutes of film. McCormack (who also co-wrote) pads it out with a lot of unnecessary and repetitive scenes which weigh the film down and risk prompting unintended laughter. There's only so often one can cut away to five or six actors pretending to fill a pub with laughter before it becomes absurd.

There are also problems with the acting. Therese Bradley's turn as a local aristocrat of sorts seems intended to produce some comedy but is so overwhelmingly hammy that it destroys the tension every time it appears. Several members of the supporting cast give the impression that they're trying to project for a stage audience rather than fit what they're doing to the medium at hand. Fortunately the leads are better, Vernon's performance having sufficient conviction to make him a good anchor point for the action and Park coping fairly well with a role that requires her to make some odd emotional leaps back and forth.

There's a central idea here that's well suited to the subgenre and associated details contribute nicely to the Seventies style which McCormack was apparently aiming for. The overall narrative is underdeveloped, however, and there's just not enough happening to overcome all the aforementioned problems. The Village In The Woods is easily recognised as a first film, one whose creators were learning on the job, and despite a few effective moments it just doesn't hang together.

The Village In The Woods will be available on Digital Download from 14 October.

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Director: Raine McCormack

Writer: John Hoernschemeyer, Raine McCormack

Starring: Robert Vernon, Richard Hope, Therese Bradley, Rebecca Johnson

Runtime: 82 minutes

Country: UK

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Rebecca (Beth Park) and Jason (Robert Vernon) arrive at the remote and seemingly near-perpetually fog-bound village of Coppers Cross (using a map that genuinely looks like it should have an X drawn on it to mark the location of the buried gold) to take up ownership of the run down pub “The Harbour Inn”. On arrival they find the locals welcoming and friendly… perhaps a little too welcoming and friendly.

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There is immediately something slightly off-putting about how friendly they are, always smiling, always happy to help. Always there. Always watching. Always. With Rebecca and Jason both carrying secrets of their own, a crotchety, knife-wielding old man as an unwanted house-guest, and neighbours seemingly intent on inserting themselves into every aspect of their lives, how will the pair cope with their new lives in this strange little village? Spoiler alert – ( not really, otherwise this would be a very, very boring movie) – badly!

Hats off to the cast here. Charles (Richard Hope), Maddy (Therese Bradley), Jenny (Katie Alexander Thom) and the rest are downright eerie. A little too interested, a little overly solicitous, faces seemingly curved into permanent smiles that start to become genuinely uncomfortable to watch as events grow more menacing, and in fact just make it all the more disturbing. Especially Vince (Timothy Harker). That dude is CREEPY. In fact the only time their joviality fades is whenever they have to address the issue of Arthur, the antisocial other resident of the Harbour Inn who seems to be the fly in the village’s otherwise perfect ointment.

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The film does a great job of making the atmosphere feel oppressive and threatening at all times, our main characters instantly singled out as something that does not belong, every smile giving the impression that it’s hiding a mouth filled with shark-like teeth, every interaction laden with additional meaning, like the villagers knew everything about them from the get-go.

Raine McCormack wore a lot of hats for this one, directing, writing, editing, producing, creating the soundtrack and the sound design. Luckily he did leave  some jobs for other people: according to the credits he didn’t do any of the makeup!

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Also, speaking of the soundtrack, a solid effort here. There are very few cheap jump scares (other than the bit with the door swinging open that mysteriously sounds like someone screaming), and the actual musical score works well within the film.

Raine McCormack appears to be one of those annoyingly talented people who were at the head of the queue for talents while the rest of us were in the bathroom. For his first feature-length film with what would appear to be a fairly restricted budget, this is a damn good effort. There are some nice practical make-up effects, limited use of VFX (which is far less egregious and obvious than that seen in the recently reviewed Hell House LLC 3 ), and a solid cast that draw you into the story in the same way that Jason and Rebecca are drawn to the village. A director to look out for.

The Village in the Woods is available on digital download from 14th October.

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The Village in the Woods (2019) – Film Review

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Director: Raine McCormack Cast: Robert Vernon, Beth Park, Therese Bradley Certificate: 15

by Roger Crow / @RogerCrow

I love a good low budget British chiller when it’s well put together. Sadly for every Kill List , Await Further Instructions and Hellraiser , there are dozens which aim at greatness but fall way short of the mark.

The Village in the Woods begins with a young couple seeking a pub they’ve inherited in a fog-shrouded wood. She looks a bit like Holby City ’s Rosie Marcel. He reminds me of Joe Wilkinson . They’re out of petrol and lost, so wisely sleep in the car until morning. Sadly she doesn’t get much sleep because she’s cold, though both of them putting their hoods up apparently seems like a stupid idea.

The good news is they’re seemingly on the doorstep of where they need to be, and happen upon a posh local woman. Think am dram Faye Dunaway circa Supergirl era and you get the idea.

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“Tormented”

Anyway, after an awkward meeting and some weirdly inappropriate laughing from ’Faye’, Brad and Janet , sorry, ’Rosie and Joe’, turn down the offer of breakfast; take a Jerry can of fuel back to their car, and when that doesn’t work, are forced to return to ’Faye’s’ house. It seems she’s having a bit of fun upstairs, which leads to schoolboyish giggles from ‘Joe Wilkinson’ as he debriefs ‘Rosie Marcel’.

As fog machines work overtime out of shot, and creepy set-ups are exploited with yawnsome predictably, I begin to lose the will to live.

Our heroine keeps promising to leave, but like this tormented viewer, is destined to stay for the duration. I share her pain.

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“Irritating”

What follows is easily one of the worst films of the year. There’s the odd dream sequence which foreshadows what’s to come. A lame mix of Rosemary’s Baby and The Devil Rides Out , with not enough material to cover 45 minutes let along the 80-minute running time.

I so wanted to be impressed as the saga dragged on, and there are flashes when it looks like things are going to get going, but the villains’ endless laughter to emphasise how twisted they are is nails-down-a-blackboard irritating.

Do yourself a favour and dig out a copy of classic late 1970s saga Children of the Stones to see how a great pagan-inflected chiller should be made. This is about as scary as an episode of Scooby-Doo, and half as entertaining.

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Horror film review: the village in the woods (2019) ★★★★☆.

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Nicky and Jason think they have the perfect con. They arrive at the tiny isolated village of Coopers Cross, posing as the now-grown-up local Rebecca and her partner. The idea is to turn around the local dilapidated pub and land themselves a significant pot of money. Little do they know it is they who are marks and they have most certainly been lured into a trap.

Who is the scary old man squatting upstairs in the pub? What happened to his daughter? And why are the locals so awfully overfamiliar? Every village has a dark secret and Jason and Nicky have just stumbled on one they can’t handle.

Directed by Raine McCormack in his feature film debut and co-written by John Hoernschemeyer, The Village in the Woods , is an independent British folk-horror film set in a very sinister little village. In the words of McCormack, The Village in the Woods "is my dark, love letter to 70’s cinema and I’m really excited to finally share this unique, atmospheric folk-horror".

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The film was indeed beautifully atmospheric. From foggy roads and eerily woody surroundings to terrifying flashbacks and a derelict pub that has seen better centuries, The Village in the Woods is a tense 82 minutes of unease and slow-burning horror.

The Village in the Woods is buoyed by excellent performances by the cast. Richard Hope ( Poldark ) and Therese Bradley shine as villagers Charles and Maddy. Welcoming to the extreme, they get far too close to Nicky and Jason for comfort and give maddening and delightful performances. Robert Vernon expertly portrays the single-minded and utterly selfish Jason while Beth Park is captivating as the anxious and increasingly disturbed Nicky.

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Americans might excel at Gothic horror but The Village in the Woods is quintessentially British. There is nothing quite so British as chipping away at the thin veneer of the wealthy classes to glimpse at the ugly, parasitic tendencies that lie beneath the surface. What hope do a pair of ordinary, penniless people have in the face of ancient power and wealth?

Atmospheric, with great performances and a nasty plot, I give The Village in the Woods an excellent four out of five stars and recommend to fans of slow-burning British horror.

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Genre: horror / thriller, duration: 82 minuten, country: united kingdom, directed by: raine mccormack, stars: beth park , robert vernon and therese bradley, imdb score: 4,2  (2.291), releasedate: 14 october 2021.

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Jason and Rebecca pair up and inherit a secluded pub. As time goes by, the pair notice that something isn't quite right with the over-friendly residents of the mysterious village. Nicky doesn't feel comfortable and would rather leave today than tomorrow. However, the villagers have something else in store for the couple.

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“The Village” is the tale of an isolated, old-fashioned community. Despite the fear of the creatures in the woods, the nature of people is still to push the limits of danger. Boys will stand on a tree stump at night, with their backs to the woods and their arms outstretched, and fearfully wait for the creatures to come.

There is no offensive language, sexual content or graphic violence. This movie’s negative elements are minimal and are often created by the tension of what could happen, rather than what actually does happen. However, to a child, images of the skinned livestock may be disturbing and the sight of a scary-looking creature with long teeth and claws may be frightening. There are two scenes of violence, one where a man gets stabbed twice and the second one where someone is impaled on a tree branch.

Editor’s note: I think this film is the only one I can remember that carried a PG-13 rating and contained no crude, obscene or profane language.

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The French Oscar winner ('The Artist') premiered his latest, about a Jewish baby abandoned in the woods during World War II, in the main Cannes competition.

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Examined strictly on aesthetic terms, without reference to any broader context, Cargoes is a disappointment, mawkish and excessively manipulative, thanks especially to Alexandre Desplat’s syrupy score. The original novel on which it’s based, by eminent French dramatist and writer Jean-Claude Grumberg, may be more effective, but Hazanavicius’ adaptation lacks the postmodern irony that many praised in Grumberg’s original.

At least the animation here is often striking, especially the watercolor-style backgrounds that convey the harsh, unfeeling beauty of the landscape. What a shame there isn’t the same finesse in the screenwriting, which morphs from a suggestive fairy tale into just another litany of sorrows and suffering, the hallmarks of so much middling Holocaust fiction.

When the wife finds a baby girl in the snow — located by the sound of her crying — she brings the kid home, as if the train gods had gifted her with a child at last after years of barrenness. Her husband, however, spots that the blue-and-white cloth the girl was wrapped in means she’s of the people he describes as “God killers,” echoing ancient anti-Semitic tropes. Nevertheless, he eventually warms to the sweet-natured infant, and comes round to trying to protect her from the authorities who would punish anyone who would shelter Jews.

While the baby’s adoptive parents struggle with sinister neighbors who might snitch and the local police, the film cuts away to show how she came to be dropped from the train by her father, a Jew en route to Auschwitz with his wife and another child who might be the baby’s twin sibling. The wordless sequence in which he pushes the baby out through a hole in the box car is preceded by a montage of the faces in the carriage, each one precisely observed and brought to life through a combination of Hazanavicius’ own character designs and the animation department’s meticulous rendering.

Other viewers are likely to be more entranced by the film’s borderline magical realist elements, but for this viewer the story felt rote, on the verge of trivializing and exploiting the horrors of the Holocaust. Mileage will certainly vary, but for me there’s very little that’s either original or artistically interesting about The Most Precious of Cargoes .

Now let’s stick our hand in the fire and ask what it means for this film to be shown in competition in Cannes at this moment. Hazanavicius of course has a perfect right to make this film, and an understandable investment in the story, having known Grumberg since he was a child, as he explains in the press notes. No doubt this project has been in production for a good long while, and means a lot to him given that he’s descended (as am I) from Ashkenazi Jews hailing from the Pale of Settlement, an area that includes what is now parts of Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Ukraine and Russia.

Moreover, he has explored genocides and ethnic cleansing before, as a writer on Passé sous silence , a TV documentary about Rwanda, and as writer-director of his 2014 feature The Search , a remake of Fred Zinnemann’s 1948 post-Holocaust story that Hazanavicius reset in Chechnya in the late 1990s after Russia’s devastating invasion of that country.  

Just look at the uproar caused by Jonathan Glazer, the director of The Zone of Interest , denouncing Israel’s bombing of Palestinian civilians when he won the Academy Award. Whether he likes it or not, Hazanavicius is inevitably going to have to take a position, which will irrevocably color how people read his film.

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Link and Princess Zelda's relationship is left ambiguous in most TLOZ games, but their living situation in TOTK suggests something more between them.

  • In BOTW , Link was able to buy a house from Bolson in Hateno Village.
  • Visiting the house Link bought during BOTW in TOTK reveals that it is now occupied by Princess Zelda, and her diary hints at the fact that she doesn't live there alone.
  • Even though Princess Zelda and Link must have lived together, TOTK still leaves their romantic relationship open to player interpretation, just as with most previous Zelda titles.

Link and Princess Zelda's romantic relationship has almost always been left up to the imagination in the Zelda series. There have been some games where the two very obvious affection for each other, while others, like the two latest games in the series, Breath of the Wild and Tears of the Kingdom , left the truth of their feelings a bit ambiguous. However, TOTK does at least give a big hint at how their relationship changed after BOTW , and it all comes down to their living situation.

One of the first things many players did after diving to Hyrule's surface in TOTK was visit Link's old residence in Hateno Village to see how it changed from BOTW . As it turns out, things changed significantly at Link's house in the years since the last game, not least due to the fact that Princess Zelda seems to have moved in.

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The key to knowing whether Link and Zelda lived together is in a single house that lies tucked away in a quiet corner of Hateno Village. In BOTW , players are able to buy a house in Hateno by speaking to Bolson, the owner of Bolson Construction Homes. At first, he offers to sell Link a home that was due to be demolished for the astronomical price of 50,000 Rupees. However, he's kind enough to cut that cost down to a fraction if Link is able to provide the materials himself. In the end, Link ends up paying 3,000 Rupees and offering Bolson 30 bundles of wood for the house; no mortgage, homeowner's insurance, or property tax necessary.

While buying this house is optional, just like the rest of the story in BOTW , it does appear to be canonical to the events of TOTK . That's because, when players do visit the house, not only is it repaired instead of being knocked down, but it's in better shape than ever. Most importantly, this ends up being the same house that Zelda was living in, according to the villagers, her diary, and her laboratory in Hateno.

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In TOTK , there are several signs that Princess Zelda not only spent a lot of time in Hateno Village but that she specifically lived in the house that Link bought in BOTW . One of the most obvious comes when Link first enters the house. The interior is decorated with pictures clearly taken by the Princess, and even the picture of the Champions taken by Purah in the DLC. Additionally, players can find Princess Zelda's diary on the desk upstairs. This is notable because it used to be in Hyrule Castle during BOTW . A diary isn't something a person would just leave anywhere: it's a highly personal item that someone would only leave somewhere they felt the most comfortable.

"I'll be overseeing the school for a while myself to keep an eye on the students."

- Princess Zelda, via her journal

In the diary, Zelda goes on to describe how she has been staying in Hateno, and how she even built a research laboratory in the well directly behind the house, right in the backyard. She has even been overseeing a newly built school in the city, and many of the townspeople express their appreciation for all that the princess has done for them. When players enter "Zelda's Secret Well" behind the house, they find yet another of Zelda's notebooks, where she details how Link has always remained by her side , no matter what.

Princess Zelda's journal even details how she went so far as to put in an order for a new set of clothing for Link as a gift, which she hid in the Throne Room of Hyrule Castle so he wouldn't find it. If Zelda were staying in Hateno on her own, she would have no need to hide her gift for Link at a different location .

One final detail in Zelda's journal that hints at the fact she at the very least didn't live alone, is the fact that she had Bolson build her research laboratory in the backyard because, according to her, "It's proven very useful when I'm working alone and need to concentrate." If Zelda truly lived alone, she would hardly need to seek out a separate space where she could be alone to concentrate. Considering this house was initially Link's in BOTW and is now a location where the Princess seemed to spend a good deal of time, it only makes sense to presume that Link and Zelda lived together in the interim between BOTW and TOTK .

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"No matter where I go to offer aid, Link remains at my side..."

Apart from Link and Zelda spending time together in Hateno Village, it's a well-known fact about their Wild-era incarnations that the two were always side by side. Link was Princess Zelda's chosen knight, after all, making him her personal bodyguard. It would be uncommon for him to leave Zelda's side, even for a brief period. Even at the very start of TOTK , when Zelda conducted her research beneath the Castle to discover the cause of the Gloom, it was Link that she took with her.

Beyond them just being close friends and potential lovers, it's literally Link's job to stay with the Princess wherever she goes . It makes sense, then, that Link would live under the same roof as Princess Zelda, as it would just be the most convenient given their situation. Though it's definitely Link's job to watch over the Princess and keep her safe, that doesn’t just mean that their relationship is purely platonic.

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There are plenty of indications in TOTK and BOTW that the relationship between Link and Zelda was more than just a working relationship. The first is that, in Link’s house in Hateno village, there is still only one bed. Players can connect the dots for themselves, but if Link were indeed staying in Hateno village with the Princess, it’s unlikely he’d have to sleep on the floor (though that's definitely not something above the chivalrous knight to the Princess).

Another clear indication of their relationship is how Zelda talks about Link. Even in her diary entries in the house in Hateno, Princess Zelda praises Link for always putting her first and staying by her side, even at the cost of his own personal well-being. Further, in Memory #8 in TOTK , Zelda's feelings for Link become even more obvious in her discussion with Queen Sonia. According to Zelda, "he is so very dedicated. And he refuses to back down from any challenge. He is very strong... and his heart is good and true!"

The Princess praises Link to such a degree that even Sonia and Rauru, who have only known the Princess for a comparatively short period of time, can tell that she has feelings for Link that extend beyond mere friendship. As Sonia puts it: "what a picture the Princess paints of him!" Of course, despite all the consequential evidence in TOTK that the two are very likely in love, there's no actual scene of them sealing the deal with a kiss, nor does Princess Zelda outwardly admit her feelings directly.

"He is very strong... and his heart is good and true!"

- Princess Zelda

A likely reason that their love remains unconfirmed in TOTK is that Link's relationship with Zelda in most games is left purposely ambiguous. The Zelda team likes to leave things open to interpretation so that players take an active part in making the game what they want it to be in every aspect, including the story. There have been a few past games that make Link and Zelda's relationship more explicitly defined than others, but it also makes sense that the openness to interpretation would be at an all-time high in the Wild-era of games, which are also the most open of any in the series.

Princess Zelda's statements to Queen Sonia confirm that Zelda at the very least has feelings for Link in TOTK , but they don't confirm that she has ever acted on them. That being the case, it's hard to say for certain that Link and Zelda are in an actual romantic relationship, even if an overwhelming amount of evidence seems to indicate that they are. Whatever their relationship may be, there’s no denying that Zelda and Link must have, at the very least, lived together in TOTK . Where things went beyond that is left up to fans to interpret.

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We surmise the full extent of Adi’s unrest in an early, charged scene that sees him furtively hooking up with a male tourist at a nightclub, and sharing a moment of tactile intimacy in the hushed darkness outside. Pârvu pointedly doesn’t depict the crucial event that follows: a brutal gay-bashing that leaves Adi mapped with welts and bruises, his face a swollen fright, which is how we, along with his father, find him the next morning. The omission isn’t for the purposes of mystery. The perpetrators, a thuggish pair of local brothers, readily admit to the attack when probed by the cynical, uninvested local police chief (Valeriu Andriuță); their father, to whom Adi’s dad owes a sizable amount of money, is happy to cancel the debt in exchange for dropped charges. “He’s a f—–, what the hell,” he sniffs. “If word gets out, the village will be swarming with them.”

Adi’s parents aren’t so willing to let the matter drop, however, since the news of their son’s sexuality comes as a genuine shock to them. “A beating and a fuck are two things you can’t take back,” his father seethes, clearly more offended by the possibility of the latter. Their pursuit of justice for the assault rings hollow when viewed against their primitive punishment of Adi, which extends to holding him captive in his locked bedroom, binding and gagging him for an exorcism by the village priest (Adrian Titieni). There’s nervy dramatic tension in their naive indecision between combating bigotry and remaining violently complicit therein, while Pârvu and Miruna Berescu’s script deftly involves the perspectives of the increasingly anxious police, who would rather see the victim quietly slip town than become a cause célèbre, the church elders remaining stubbornly righteous in their homophobia, and a visiting child services officer keen to burn it all down.

Somewhat overlooked in this furious face-off between love, hate, tradition and justice is the perspective of Adi himself, presented as a victim several times over, though we get limited access to the inner life behind his weary black-and-blue gaze. The character may be an effective stand-in for legions of queer youths living in fear in conservative rural Romania, but “Three Kilometers to the End of the World” feels more comfortable with emblematic types than messy, conflicted human souls. Adi wants for detail and dimension, but so do his confused parents, victims themselves of entrenched communal prejudice and religious hegemony. There should be a sense of wounding loss in the disintegration — the self-destruction, even — of their small, frail family. As it is, Pârvu’s film leaves us eager as Adi to flee this pretty, hateful backwater, the warm wind pushing us on, with nary a backward glance.

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  • With: Bogdan Dumitrache, Ciprian Chiujdea, Laura Vasiliu, Valeriu Andriuță, Ingrid Micu-Berescu, Adrian Titieni, Richard Bovnoczki, Vlad Brumaru, Alina Berzunțeanu, Radu Gabriel, Costel Zamfir, Vlad Crudu, Daniela Vitcu, Miruna Soare, Bogdan Tulbure, Vlad Ionuț Popescu, Crina Semciuc. (Romanian dialogue)

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The village in the woods.

Directed by Raine McCormack

When a young couple from the wrong side of the tracks decide to take on an inheritance fraud job, little do they know that they have accepted a fate far darker then they could ever have imagined.

Phill Martin Richard Hope Rebecca Johnson Therese Bradley Robert Vernon Sidney Kean Katie Alexander Thom Timothy Harker

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Raine McCormack

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Raine McCormack John Hoernschemeyer

Sound Sound

Adam Daniel

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Demdike

Review by Demdike ★★★½

An excellent low budget slice of English Folk horror that may reference seventies folk horror classics like Blood on Satan's Claw, Robin Redbreast and A Place to Die (1973) and have more swirling fog and mist than 1960's City of the Dead as well as genre tropes like creepy corn dolls hanging from trees, strange cloven hoofed creatures in the woods and even stranger crooked mouthed locals giving warnings not to be ignored, but it's all achieved with an understanding rather than contempt for the genre.

There's a sense of Wyrd England right from the off and it never lets up. Helped by a strong cast of largely unknown actors alongside tv regular Therese Bradley as a sexy Lady Summerisle…

Noel Penaflor

Review by Noel Penaflor ★★★

"Atmospheric"- There's a bunch of shots of trees and fog. But nothing really happens until the final 20 minutes.

The Village in the Woods is an atmospheric slice of English folk horror.

Not to be confused with The Cabin in The Woods because things actually happen in Cabin.

If you can get past the portentous looks of old white people gazing upon young white people, you won't have too bad a time watching this.

But if you're expecting something, anything resembling and actual fright then you're going to so disappointed in this unlit episode of Downton Abbey.

There is a palpable sense of dread that builds reasonably well, and it does pay off to an extent, but you can count the number of scares on one gnarled hand.

Mildly recommended with a spoonful of sugar or something else British.

Nastybirdy

Review by Nastybirdy ★★★

Raine McCormack's film début The Village in the Woods is a bit Wicker Man, a bit The Ritual, with a smattering of Hot Fuzz sprinkled on top for added measure. Slow to start and requiring a bit of commitment on the part of the viewer for the first thirty minutes or so, it evolves into a disquieting little slice of cinematic creepiness.

Rebecca (Beth Park) and Jason (Robert Vernon) arrive at the remote and seemingly near-perpetually fog-bound village of Coppers Cross (using a map that genuinely looks like it should have an X drawn on it to mark the location of the buried gold) to take up ownership of the run down pub "The Harbour Inn". On arrival they find…

Rebecca Love

Review by Rebecca Love ★★★★

After reading an article in The Independent about folk horror where this movie was mentioned extensively I was intrigued. It’s a brooding, atmosphere laden piece. There are no jump scares but plenty of oddness and creepy promises. The Independent said it was the directors love letter to 70’s cinema which it hits perfectly. I suspect other viewers are unaware of its nod to 70’s genre which may or may not reflect on their expectation. As a fan of Wicker Man etc I found this to be perfect.

Grinding Ghoul

Review by Grinding Ghoul ★★★

Pleasantly surprised by this little low-budget folk horror gem. The film follows a young couple's arrival at the small, mist-shrouded village of Coopers Cross in the English countryside to take over the dilapidated pub and make a bit of money in some shady inheritance scheme. The locals welcome them warmly in their midst, but one of the villagers seems to be on to the young couple. However, they will soon find that the village harbors far darker secrets than theirs...

The Village in the Woods is a real slowburner. The film takes its time to establish its eerie locale and atmosphere while dropping bits and pieces of the plot, slowly building up to an excellent climax in the second half…

Calum Iain MacIver

Review by Calum Iain MacIver ★★½

Raine McCormack’s feature debut is a sinister little film that works as something of a love letter to ‘70s horror and the films of Hammer and Amicus in particular. The story by John Hoernschemeyer sees Nicky (Beth Park) and Jason (Robert Vernon) arriving in the eerie, fog-bound village of Coopers Cross. The pair are seeking to con their way into taking over the local dilapidated pub and selling it for a huge profit. They’re soon befriended by the villagers led by Charles (Richard Hope) and the over-friendly Maddy (Therese Bradley). It soon becomes clear that the villagers are hiding their own dark secrets and that Nicky and Jason may have bitten off a lot more than they anticipated. “The Village…

Tony Alexander

Review by Tony Alexander ★★★★

For all and any shortcomings of a low budget debut I have to say this is not bad at all. I can see on the other reviews mention of production mistakes of which I can’t see or hear. Maybe that’s because I always rent and buy movies and don’t watch terrible rips of them unlike some reviewers who are in countries where this movie isn’t even out. Grievances aside, this is a well conceived and executed ode to ‘70’s movies and it works. Turning up the surround sound is a treat (another reason to buy or rent!)... the atmosphere of the pub and woods, the weird distant, unsettling sounds are brilliant. Yep, the fog is a little overdone but damn I’ve seen so much worse! Definitely worth a watch. Considering the director wore so many hats I tip mine to him. I’ll be looking out for more from McCormack.

Matt Thomas

Review by Matt Thomas ★★½

Reasonably atmospheric but the shocks are few and far between, the colour palette drains the life out of most scenes, and the sound mixing is so bad it's a distraction.

ryanjones67

Review by ryanjones67 ★★★★★

Incredibly atmospheric promise which McCormack delivers on. No cheap gore, overdone tripe here. This is a beautifully crafted slow burn thriller which exceeded my expectations. Bravo!

Sarah Collins

Review by Sarah Collins ★½

Not sure really what this was trying to achieve, it was OK, but just dull. It felt like a lot of other movies before it and it just didn't bring anything new. A cast I don't even know sometimes makes things interesting but just not here, and a really boring poster. Posters are meant to attract you to the movie half the time not make you think long and hard if you want to watch it like I did with this. You know me I'll try anything.

Scott Elliott

Review by Scott Elliott ★½

It's competently shot, but flat direction and lifeless amateur acting let it down massively. Mostly just a snooze fest.

Sam of the Night

Review by Sam of the Night ★ 2

Started to watch, then fell asleep and couldn't remember anything until I turned it on again and I was like aha! this couple in perpetual fog yes.

But lets be honest—it's not always "fog," it's often just annoying low-contrast color correction.

So we have two very interesting lead actors in a "foggy" environment...I'm continuing to watch...

I still don't know what this movie is about or why we are supposed to be scared...ok at the last minute this dude who looks like every other guy explains some stuff...but even still after suffering through his monologue it doesn't make much sense...

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20 facts you might not know about 'The Cabin in the Woods'

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<p>A lot of horror movies are by the book. Scary dude in a mask. Spooky haunted house. Cats jumping out left and right. One thing you definitely can’t say about<em> The</em> <em>Cabin in the Woods</em> is that it’s by the book. It takes so much from the world of horror and twists it ever so slightly into something fresh. Whether or not you enjoy it, you have to acknowledge that. Here are 20 facts you might not know about <em>The</em> <em>Cabin in the Woods</em>.</p>

A lot of horror movies are by the book. Scary dude in a mask. Spooky haunted house. Cats jumping out left and right. One thing you definitely can’t say about  The Cabin in the Woods is that it’s by the book. It takes so much from the world of horror and twists it ever so slightly into something fresh. Whether or not you enjoy it, you have to acknowledge that. Here are 20 facts you might not know about The Cabin in the Woods .

<p>Drew Goddard had just made his name in film by writing the script for <em>Cloverfield</em>. That got him a chance to direct a movie, albeit a low-budget horror movie. <em>The</em> <em>Cabin in the Woods</em> marked his first directorial effort. He hadn’t even directed TV at that point.</p><p>You may also like: <a href='https://www.yardbarker.com/entertainment/articles/20_facts_you_might_not_know_about_the_shining_102323/s1__35322359'>20 facts you might not know about 'The Shining'</a></p>

It was the director’s debut

Drew Goddard had just made his name in film by writing the script for Cloverfield . That got him a chance to direct a movie, albeit a low-budget horror movie. The Cabin in the Woods marked his first directorial effort. He hadn’t even directed TV at that point.

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<p>Goddard cowrote the script with a guy who knew a thing or two about balancing horror and comedy: Joss Whedon. In fact, Goddard had worked with Whedon on Whedon’s shows <em>Buffy the Vampire Slayer</em> and <em>Angel</em> before his big movie break.</p><p><a href='https://www.msn.com/en-us/community/channel/vid-cj9pqbr0vn9in2b6ddcd8sfgpfq6x6utp44fssrv6mc2gtybw0us'>Follow us on MSN to see more of our exclusive entertainment content.</a></p>

Goddard cowrote it with an old TV compatriot

Goddard cowrote the script with a guy who knew a thing or two about balancing horror and comedy: Joss Whedon. In fact, Goddard had worked with Whedon on Whedon’s shows Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel before his big movie break.

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<p>It didn’t take long for Goddard and Whedon to complete the script for<em> The Cabin in the Woods</em>. Some scripts take months, if not years, to finish. This screenplay? Goddard and Whedon finished it in three days.</p>

The screenplay came together quickly

It didn’t take long for Goddard and Whedon to complete the script for  The Cabin in the Woods . Some scripts take months, if not years, to finish. This screenplay? Goddard and Whedon finished it in three days.

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<p>Whedon has called <em>The Cabin in the Woods</em> a <a href="https://www.denofgeek.com/movies/joss-whedon-talks-cabin-in-the-woods/" rel="noopener noreferrer">“loving hate letter”</a> to the horror genre. It was built out of an affinity for old-school slasher flicks but also a contempt for the rise of “torture porn” movies that proliferated in the 2000s. It was an attempt to have fun but also to criticize the wave of sadistic horror films that had flooded the market.</p><p><a href='https://www.msn.com/en-us/community/channel/vid-cj9pqbr0vn9in2b6ddcd8sfgpfq6x6utp44fssrv6mc2gtybw0us'>Follow us on MSN to see more of our exclusive entertainment content.</a></p>

The movie comes from love (and hate) for the horror genre

Whedon has called The Cabin in the Woods a “loving hate letter” to the horror genre. It was built out of an affinity for old-school slasher flicks but also a contempt for the rise of “torture porn” movies that proliferated in the 2000s. It was an attempt to have fun but also to criticize the wave of sadistic horror films that had flooded the market.

<p>The movie was filmed in Vancouver, which is a good area to choose for a movie called<em> The Cabin in the Woods</em>. It also helped them in another way. While the underground facility was all a set, they used the British Columbia Institute of Technology’s Aerospace Building for some establishing shots of the complex.</p><p>You may also like: <a href='https://www.yardbarker.com/entertainment/articles/20_facts_you_might_not_know_about_gangs_of_new_york_110923/s1__37090673'>20 facts you might not know about Gangs of New York</a></p>

They shot in Canada

The movie was filmed in Vancouver, which is a good area to choose for a movie called  The Cabin in the Woods . It also helped them in another way. While the underground facility was all a set, they used the British Columbia Institute of Technology’s Aerospace Building for some establishing shots of the complex.

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<p>Goddard started shooting the film in March 2009, finishing that May. It was originally scheduled to be released on Feb. 5, 2010. However, MGM ran into financial issues. In fact, they would end up selling the distribution rights to Lionsgate. <em>The </em><em>Cabin in the Woods</em> would finally be released in theaters on April 13, 2012.</p>

'Cabin in the Woods' was delayed for a while

Goddard started shooting the film in March 2009, finishing that May. It was originally scheduled to be released on Feb. 5, 2010. However, MGM ran into financial issues. In fact, they would end up selling the distribution rights to Lionsgate. The  Cabin in the Woods would finally be released in theaters on April 13, 2012.

<p>A horror movie being made on a cheap budget tends not to exactly have a big-name cast. The kids at the center of <em>The </em><em>Cabin in the Woods</em> were not known names when the movie began filming in 2009. It also would have been the case had it come out in 2010 as it was supposed to. However, a then-unknown Australian actor named Chris Hemsworth portrayed Curt, the “jock” of the group, in the movie. In 2011, he starred in <em>Thor</em>. Thus, by the time <em>The Cabin in the Woods</em> actually came out in 2012, Hemsworth was a legitimate movie star. In fact, <em>The Avengers</em> came out a month after <em>The Cabin in the Woods</em>.</p><p>You may also like: <a href='https://www.yardbarker.com/entertainment/articles/the_25_best_musicals_of_all_time_110923/s1__37150190'>The 25 best musicals of all time</a></p>

That delay helped one actor become a star

A horror movie being made on a cheap budget tends not to exactly have a big-name cast. The kids at the center of The  Cabin in the Woods were not known names when the movie began filming in 2009. It also would have been the case had it come out in 2010 as it was supposed to. However, a then-unknown Australian actor named Chris Hemsworth portrayed Curt, the “jock” of the group, in the movie. In 2011, he starred in Thor . Thus, by the time The Cabin in the Woods actually came out in 2012, Hemsworth was a legitimate movie star. In fact, The Avengers came out a month after The Cabin in the Woods .

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<p>Basically every movie monster you can think of shows up in <em>The Cabin in the Woods</em>, including at least one merman. According to Oscar-winning makeup artist David LeRoy Anderson, he and his team at AFX Studios had to turn “close to a thousand people” into around 60 different types of monsters. That meant getting a larger space and adding members to the team until 60-70 people were working two to three months to get all the special effects and makeup work done.</p><p><a href='https://www.msn.com/en-us/community/channel/vid-cj9pqbr0vn9in2b6ddcd8sfgpfq6x6utp44fssrv6mc2gtybw0us'>Follow us on MSN to see more of our exclusive entertainment content.</a></p>

It was all hands on deck for the special effects team

Basically every movie monster you can think of shows up in The Cabin in the Woods , including at least one merman. According to Oscar-winning makeup artist David LeRoy Anderson, he and his team at AFX Studios had to turn “close to a thousand people” into around 60 different types of monsters. That meant getting a larger space and adding members to the team until 60-70 people were working two to three months to get all the special effects and makeup work done.

<p>There was supposed to be a collaboration between <em>The </em><em>Cabin in the Woods </em>and the 2009 game<em> Left 4 Dead 2</em> to promote the movie. Downloadable content based on the movie’s settings were going to be made available. Unfortunately, due to the delay, that didn’t happen. The game’s producer Valve didn’t seem too put off by it, though. They let the movie use monsters from the video game to help juice the monster numbers.</p><p>You may also like: <a href='https://www.yardbarker.com/entertainment/articles/the_25_most_memorable_tv_cops_of_all_time_111723/s1__32719364'>The 25 most memorable TV cops of all time</a></p>

A video game tie-in fell through

There was supposed to be a collaboration between The  Cabin in the Woods  and the 2009 game  Left 4 Dead 2 to promote the movie. Downloadable content based on the movie’s settings were going to be made available. Unfortunately, due to the delay, that didn’t happen. The game’s producer Valve didn’t seem too put off by it, though. They let the movie use monsters from the video game to help juice the monster numbers.

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<p>In 2015, an author named Peter Gallagher sued claiming that Goddard and Whedon’s script had plagiarized from his novel <em>The Little White Trip: A Night in the Pines</em>. However, that lawsuit was dismissed a mere five months later.</p>

There was a lawsuit

In 2015, an author named Peter Gallagher sued claiming that Goddard and Whedon’s script had plagiarized from his novel The Little White Trip: A Night in the Pines . However, that lawsuit was dismissed a mere five months later.

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A spoonful of sugar helps the wolf tongue go down

The character Jules makes out with a mounted wolf head, which is, you know, weird. The tongue of said wolf head was covered in powdered sugar. This both gave it a dusty, old look, but also made it less awful for actor Anna Hutchinson.

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<p>Marty is the goofy stoner archetype, and he’s also the only one who doesn’t jump in the lake. That’s because it turned out the actor Fran Kranz was totally ripped. Not only was that not expected, it would have seemed out of character for the guy who is mostly smoking weed and being “the fool” of the group. Thus, he kept his clothes on throughout the film.</p>

Marty keeps his clothes on for a reason

Marty is the goofy stoner archetype, and he’s also the only one who doesn’t jump in the lake. That’s because it turned out the actor Fran Kranz was totally ripped. Not only was that not expected, it would have seemed out of character for the guy who is mostly smoking weed and being “the fool” of the group. Thus, he kept his clothes on throughout the film.

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One prop took up a decent chunk of the budget

The combination coffee mug and bong from the film was built to be an actually functional coffee mug and bong. Apparently, that doesn’t come cheap. This prop cost them $5,000 to make.

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<p>One of the people who worked for AFX Studio? That would be Heather Langenkamp, who is a partner in the business, which is owned and operated by her husband, Anderson. If you are a horror fan, there’s a good chance you know her name, or at least have seen her. Langenkamp played Nancy in <em>A Nightmare on Elm Street</em>.</p>

A horror movie icon worked behind the scenes

One of the people who worked for AFX Studio? That would be Heather Langenkamp, who is a partner in the business, which is owned and operated by her husband, Anderson. If you are a horror fan, there’s a good chance you know her name, or at least have seen her. Langenkamp played Nancy in A Nightmare on Elm Street .

<p>Weaver is the biggest name in the movie, though her role as The Director is small. She’s a fine actor, of course, but also a shout out to her place in horror history as Ripley from the <em>Alien</em> franchise. That being said, Weaver was actually the second choice. Goddard had wanted Bruce Campbell to play the director. Again, a fitting choice, given that he is a horror (and horror-comedy) icon thanks to the <em>Evil Dead</em> movies.</p>

Sigourney Weaver was second choice for her role

Weaver is the biggest name in the movie, though her role as The Director is small. She’s a fine actor, of course, but also a shout out to her place in horror history as Ripley from the Alien franchise. That being said, Weaver was actually the second choice. Goddard had wanted Bruce Campbell to play the director. Again, a fitting choice, given that he is a horror (and horror-comedy) icon thanks to the Evil Dead movies.

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<p>There are all sort of monsters on the betting pool board, such as witches, zombies, Deadites, and so on. Then, there is just the name “Kevin.” This is not a non-sequitur, or even a reference to Kevin McAllister from<em> Home Alone</em>, who knows a thing or two about violence. It’s actually in reference to Kevin, the silent killer from <em>Sin City</em>. He’s played by Elijah Wood in the movie adaptation of the comic.</p>

There are all sort of monsters on the betting pool board, such as witches, zombies, Deadites, and so on. Then, there is just the name “Kevin.” This is not a non-sequitur, or even a reference to Kevin McAllister from  Home Alone , who knows a thing or two about violence. It’s actually in reference to Kevin, the silent killer from Sin City . He’s played by Elijah Wood in the movie adaptation of the comic.

<p>While <em>The Cabin in the Woods</em> gets quite gory, and the body count is quite high, it takes a while to get there. The first kill doesn’t take place until 44 minutes into this 95-minute movie, and the very opening of the movie begins with Bradley Whitford and Richard Jenkins’ characters in an unremarkable office space chatting. This was done purposefully, as Goddard and Whedon wanted to confuse the audience and make them wonder if they had walked into the wrong movie.</p><p>You may also like: <a href='https://www.yardbarker.com/entertainment/articles/the_most_memorable_agatha_christie_adaptations_111723/s1__37680481'>The most memorable Agatha Christie adaptations</a></p>

The opening of the movie is intended to feel a little off

While The Cabin in the Woods gets quite gory, and the body count is quite high, it takes a while to get there. The first kill doesn’t take place until 44 minutes into this 95-minute movie, and the very opening of the movie begins with Bradley Whitford and Richard Jenkins’ characters in an unremarkable office space chatting. This was done purposefully, as Goddard and Whedon wanted to confuse the audience and make them wonder if they had walked into the wrong movie.

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<p>Part of the joke of <em>The </em><em>Cabin in the Woods</em> is that the people working for this mysterious organization that uses monsters to sacrifice humans to stave off the end of the world? They kind of just treat it like a job. This came from Goddard’s childhood growing up in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Los Alamos is, of course, where the United States developed the atomic bomb, and it remained a place where a lot of scientists were working with nuclear technology. The idea of seeing scientists around town living normal lives knowing that their work could end the world stuck with him.</p><p><a href='https://www.msn.com/en-us/community/channel/vid-cj9pqbr0vn9in2b6ddcd8sfgpfq6x6utp44fssrv6mc2gtybw0us'>Follow us on MSN to see more of our exclusive entertainment content.</a></p>

Goddard was partially inspired by his childhood

Part of the joke of The  Cabin in the Woods is that the people working for this mysterious organization that uses monsters to sacrifice humans to stave off the end of the world? They kind of just treat it like a job. This came from Goddard’s childhood growing up in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Los Alamos is, of course, where the United States developed the atomic bomb, and it remained a place where a lot of scientists were working with nuclear technology. The idea of seeing scientists around town living normal lives knowing that their work could end the world stuck with him.

<p><em>The Cabin in the Woods </em>was made for a mere $30 million, which is not a lot for a movie with this much special effects. Perhaps that delay that allowed Hemsworth to become a movie star paid off, because the movie ended up making more than double its budget worldwide at $66.5 million.</p>

It was a box-office success

The Cabin in the Woods  was made for a mere $30 million, which is not a lot for a movie with this much special effects. Perhaps that delay that allowed Hemsworth to become a movie star paid off, because the movie ended up making more than double its budget worldwide at $66.5 million.

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<p>This meta horror comedy apparently struck a chord with a critical audience. <em>The </em><em>Cabin in the Woods</em> has a 92 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It also got some nominations from awards groups — many of them genre-based. That includes winning “Best Horror or Thriller Film” at the genre-heavy Saturn Awards.</p><p><a href='https://www.msn.com/en-us/community/channel/vid-cj9pqbr0vn9in2b6ddcd8sfgpfq6x6utp44fssrv6mc2gtybw0us'>Did you enjoy this slideshow? Follow us on MSN to see more of our exclusive entertainment content.</a></p>

The movie was also critically acclaimed

This meta horror comedy apparently struck a chord with a critical audience. The  Cabin in the Woods has a 92 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It also got some nominations from awards groups — many of them genre-based. That includes winning “Best Horror or Thriller Film” at the genre-heavy Saturn Awards.

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  1. The Village in the Woods Movie Review

    Our review: Parents say: ( 2 ): Kids say: Not yet rated Rate movie. The Village in the Woods comes across as intending to be a tribute to many horror movies of the past, particularly British horror of the '60s and '70s, but the result is contrived. It's like the filmmakers really want you to know that this titular village, Coppers Cross, is ...

  2. The Village In The Woods

    Rated: 2/5 Jan 20, 2021 Full Review Jennie Kermode Eye for Film The Village In The Woods is easily recognised as a first film, one whose creators were learning on the job, and despite a few ...

  3. THE VILLAGE IN THE WOODS: A Cautionary Tale To Keep You Out Of The Woods

    The Scoop. The Village in the Woods introduces us to Jason ( Robert Vernon) and Nicky ( Beth Park) a young couple on their way to a remote village in England that contains a pub that the couple have inherited. When they arrive, they are greeted by overly-friendly neighbors Maddy ( Therese Bradley) and Charles ( Richard Hope ).

  4. The Village in the Woods Review: An Atmospheric Tension Builder

    2. 4. Summary. The Village in the Woods is a horror that keeps us feeling uneasy throughout with the brilliant atmosphere it's able to create. The Village in the Woods is a horror mystery thriller from writer-director Raine McCormack, starring Richard Hope ( Poldark ), Rebecca Johnson ( The Trip) and Therese Bradley ( Peaky Blinders ).

  5. Review: 'The Village in the Woods,' starring Beth Park, Robert Vernon

    "The Village in the Woods" (directed by Raine McCormack, who co-wrote the screenplay with John Hoernschemeyer) begins with a married couple driving through the woods at night, somewhere in England. (The movie never names the city, but "The Village in the Woods" was actually was filmed in several locations: East Sussex, Kent and Somerset.)

  6. The Village In The Woods

    Some violence, creepy imagery in uneven horror movie. Full Review | Original Score: 2/5 | Jan 20, 2021. The Village In The Woods is easily recognised as a first film, one whose creators were ...

  7. The Village in the Woods (2019)

    The Village in the Woods: Directed by Raine McCormack. With Beth Park, Robert Vernon, Richard Hope, Sidney Kean. Every village, every person, has a secret...none more so than the inhabitants of this isolated, murky village whose fate relies on the luring of two unsuspecting pawns to satisfy their appetite and determine their being.

  8. [Review] The Village in the Woods (plus an interview with filmmaker

    Take, for instance, The Village in the Woods (UK, Raine McCormack, 2019). Released in the dying months of the Pre-Covid Age, it's a dark love-letter to Seventies cinema, eschewing quick thrills in favour of a delicious slow burn. It's also something of a passion project, insofar as it was written, directed, edited and even scored by the ...

  9. The Village In The Woods (15) Movie Review from Eye for Film

    The Village In The Woods has all the ingredients of classic British folk horror and although it falls short of its ambitions it certainly captures the atmosphere that inspired director Raine McCormack. Jason (Robert Vernon) and Rebecca (Beth Park) arrive at the village on a planned excursion complicated by car trouble, so it's clear from the ...

  10. THE VILLAGE IN THE WOODS

    The tiny budget limits the sense of scale, but McCormack makes a virtue of the claustrophobic setting of the village, wreathing its buildings and the surrounding woods in mist and fog to atmospheric effect. The look of the film might be improved by some greater texture in the colour grading, so that everything appears slightly more disconcerting.

  11. The Village in the Woods (2019)

    Cast. Beth Park (Rebecca) Robert Vernon (Jason) Richard Hope (Charles) Sidney Kean (Arthur) Therese Bradley (Maddy) Katie Alexander Thom (Jenny) Rebecca Johnson (Emily) Timothy Harker (Vince ...

  12. The Village in the Woods

    Raine McCormack's film début The Village in the Woods is a bit Wicker Man, a bit The Ritual, with a smattering of Hot Fuzz sprinkled on for added measure. Slow to start and requiring a bit of commitment on the part of the viewer for the first thirty minutes or so, it evolves into a disquieting little slice of cinematic creepiness.

  13. The Village in the Woods (2019)

    The Village In The Woods isn't a high budget movie but overall the cinematography wasn't bad at all. A nice gloomy and dark atmosphere, decent actors, and a story that keeps you wondering and guessing. If you want hardcore horror then this one isn't for you. There aren't bloody gory scenes but it for sure has a dark ambiance.

  14. The Village in the Woods (Movie Review)

    The Village in the Woods still. Billed as a blend of Horror, Mystery, and Thriller, The Village in the Woods can also be described more succinctly as Folk Horror: a neo noir take on the genre that couples a slow-burn screenplay with haunting atmospherics. This is not a film fraught with jump-scares or gore, but rather Director McCormack's self-proclaimed "dark love letter to '70's ...

  15. The Village in the Woods (2019)

    Director: Raine McCormack. Cast: Robert Vernon, Beth Park, Therese Bradley. Certificate: 15. by Roger Crow / @RogerCrow. I love a good low budget British chiller when it's well put together. Sadly for every Kill List, Await Further Instructions and Hellraiser, there are dozens which aim at greatness but fall way short of the mark.

  16. Horror Film Review: The Village in the Woods (2019)

    The Village in the Woods is buoyed by excellent performances by the cast. Richard Hope ( Poldark) and Therese Bradley shine as villagers Charles and Maddy. Welcoming to the extreme, they get far too close to Nicky and Jason for comfort and give maddening and delightful performances. Robert Vernon expertly portrays the single-minded and utterly ...

  17. The Village in the Woods (Movie, 2019)

    The Village in the Woods plot. Jason and Rebecca pair up and inherit a secluded pub. As time goes by, the pair notice that something isn't quite right with the over-friendly residents of the mysterious village. Nicky doesn't feel comfortable and would rather leave today than tomorrow. However, the villagers have something else in store for the ...

  18. ‎The Village in the Woods (2019) directed by Raine McCormack • Reviews

    An excellent low budget slice of English Folk horror that may reference seventies folk horror classics like Blood on Satan's Claw, Robin Redbreast and A Place to Die (1973) and have more swirling fog and mist than 1960's City of the Dead as well as genre tropes like creepy corn dolls hanging from trees, strange cloven hoofed creatures in the woods and even stranger crooked mouthed locals ...

  19. The Village in the Woods

    Every village has a secret. None more so than Coopers Cross; a remote, murky village, whose inhabitants own existence relies on luring unsuspecting guests. The villagers will be so excited to meet you.

  20. The Village

    The Village. M. Night Shyamalan's "The Village" is a dramatic-romantic thriller set in an 1897 Pennsylvania village called Covington, which is in a valley surrounded by woods. The arrangement is that people of Covington are never to enter the woods, and "mythical creatures" that live in the woods will not enter the village.

  21. The Village (2004)

    Much of the film concerns the relationships of the characters in the village, but the mystery of the creatures also dominates the plot. This is more of a quietly creepy "Twilight Zone"-style tale than outright horror. Like Shyamalan's other films, it ultimately carries a message of hope and optimism.

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    The French Oscar winner ('The Artist') premiered his latest, about a Jewish baby abandoned in the woods during World War II, in the main Cannes competition. By Leslie Felperin Contributing Film ...

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    As a general movie rule, when a group of happy weekenders head to a woodland cottage for a bit of rest and relaxation, the great outdoors has some grisly surprises in store for them. In "Who By ...

  24. In a Violent Nature (2024)

    In a Violent Nature: Directed by Chris Nash. With Ry Barrett, Andrea Pavlovic, Cameron Love, Reece Presley. When a locket is removed from a collapsed fire tower in the woods that entombs the rotting corpse of Johnny, a vengeful spirit spurred on by a horrific 60-year old crime, his body is resurrected and becomes hellbent on retrieving it.

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    The key to knowing whether Link and Zelda lived together is in a single house that lies tucked away in a quiet corner of Hateno Village. In BOTW, players are able to buy a house in Hateno by speaking to Bolson, the owner of Bolson Construction Homes.At first, he offers to sell Link a home that was due to be demolished for the astronomical price of 50,000 Rupees.

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    An accomplished actor now making his third feature behind the camera, Pârvu is well-versed in the formal and thematic hallmarks of Romanian New Wave cinema, having previously been directed by the ...

  27. ‎The Village in the Woods (2019) directed by Raine McCormack • Reviews

    An excellent low budget slice of English Folk horror that may reference seventies folk horror classics like Blood on Satan's Claw, Robin Redbreast and A Place to Die (1973) and have more swirling fog and mist than 1960's City of the Dead as well as genre tropes like creepy corn dolls hanging from trees, strange cloven hoofed creatures in the woods and even stranger crooked mouthed locals ...

  28. 20 facts you might not know about 'The Cabin in the Woods'

    Lionsgate. 20 facts you might not know about 'The Cabin in the Woods'. A lot of horror movies are by the book. Scary dude in a mask. Spooky haunted house. Cats jumping out left and right. One ...

  29. The Watchers (2024)

    The Watchers: Directed by Ishana Shyamalan. With Dakota Fanning, Georgina Campbell, Olwen Fouéré, Siobhan Hewlett. A young artist gets stranded in an extensive, immaculate forest in western Ireland, where, after finding shelter, she becomes trapped alongside three strangers, stalked by mysterious creatures each night.