DVD Review: GIRL IN WOODS

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GIRL IN WOODS was written and directed by Jeremy Benson and stars Juliet Reeves, Charisma Carpenter, Jeremy London, Lee Perkins, John Still and introducing Shaun Elizabeth as “Little Grace.”

Possible spoilers ahead. The beginning of the movie introduces Grace (Juliet Reeves) and her fiancé Jim (Jeremy London) who are heading into the mountains for what was supposed to be a fun and romantic getaway. Tragedy quickly strikes that leaves Grace all alone in the woods as she struggles against nature and battles for her own sanity. Her situation gets even worse when she thinks she notices a dark figure following her. The longer Grace stays lost in the woods, the more she remembers from her tragic past. Her haunted memories from her childhood include her mother (Charisma Carpenter) and father (Lee Perkins), and a long-forgotten truth about herself. Grace has a big secret from her past that is slowly revealed during her nightmarish adventure.

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First of all, there was something a little off about Girl in Woods and I’m not sure if it was the slightly confusing story or the way the movie was shot or edited. It was still an okay watch even though it was a little slow and repetitive at times. As the viewer watches Grace start to lose it after her fiancé tragically dies, the movie offers some flashbacks that reveals more about her and helps to tie things up. Simply put, the longer she stays lost woods, the crazier she gets. She’s mentally disturbed and even delusional but you don’t know how bad off she is until everything is ultimately revealed and trust me – she’s batshit crazy! The poor schizo is off her meds, she’s off her rocker, and she’s battling some inner demons.

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The front of the DVD features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details and some images. The DVD disc also features some artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality  for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Girl in Woods was an okay watch that also got a little confusing at times. I don’t think this is a movie for every horror fan out there because some folks won’t get it or even have the patience to sit through it, but I do believe there is an audience for it that will enjoy it. So, did I like it? There were some intense scenes that I really did enjoy but there were also some head scratchers as well. So yeah, I still enjoyed it for the most part. The movie was shot really well, the cinematography looked great, and all of the performances were strong. Jeremy London wasn’t even in the movie much at all. Charisma Carpenter had plenty of screen time that also helped reveal the mystery about Grace. Juliet Reeves’ impressive performance as Grace was easily the standout here and you’ll just have to watch it to see what I mean. There was also a little blood and gore and it all looked really good. Girl in Woods debuts on DVD on October 25th, just in time for Halloween.

Distributor: Candy Factory Films

Run Time: 88 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

DVD Video: Widescreen (2.35:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: N/A

Special Features: N/A

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