Dark Wind Woods
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Normally we don’t review shorts, just because it’s hard to go too far in depth about 15 minutes of film, and you probably wouldn’t be able to purchase it even if it sounded interesting.
“Dark Wind Woods” deserves some credit though, because it’s a movie based on/advertising a real haunted woods attraction in Northern Ohio, and it was creepy as hell.
There’s not much of a plot in “Woods” – a young couple goes into the woods, gets lost, see some weird stuff, panic, some bad stuff happens to them and the credits roll. What intrigued me about the short (can I call it an infomercial?) is the delivery. It’s shot in black and white, and is VERY dark, and yes smartass, it’s also very windy. In fact, the whistling and moaning wind is just about the only sound we hear – the sparse dialogue is printed on the screen, like an old silent film.
The scenes in the film (which I’m assuming relate to the actual attraction) are the epitome of eerie. Strange characters reside in these woods, and would certainly scare the hell out of me if I ran across them in a jaunt through some dark forest. With the grainy film and lack of light, the denizens of the woods are made even spookier.
With Halloween not that far off, I’d recommend giving Dark Wind Woods a buzz if you’re in the area to verify their hours. If the real life woods are even a fraction as creepy as the DVD, it kicks the hell out of any local haunted house you’ll find.
“Dark Wind Woods” was hard to follow, hard to see, and seemed to go on forever…but at the end my skin was crawling. It had some visuals that stick with you, and make you turn on the lights before heading down a flight of stairs.
The DVD itself is worth watching if you can find it, and you’re up for some plotless creepy images – and got me in the mood to trek to North Lawrence, Ohio to check out the real thing. 3 cans out of 5.
Oh, and yes, this is the most use I’ve gotten out of the word “creepy” since that old dude that looked like Aqualung moved away from my neighborhood.
Added: Thursday, August 31, 2006
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