"Dead Wood" DVD
Wood DVD cover
I had my doubts about
this one going in. I've always been leery of movies that require
more than one director and more than two writers. But this one
was looking to prove me wrong from the start.
When four friends,
including one couple and another duo whom the couple hopes will
BECOME a couple, go out to the woods for a weekend of camping
and fun in the woods, they discover that they're not the only
ones out there. But what else is out there isn't human...and it's
not happy to have visitors.
I'll say this up front
for Dead Wood--there's nothing really WRONG with it. The plot
is nicely set up and moves at a fairly rapid pace, there's plenty
of nicely done suspenseful moments and even a few interesting
scares. The characters are at least fairly interesting, and by
the time you figure out what's going on in that woods, you're
actually going to be pretty surprised.
In fact, this is one
of those movies where it's actually rather difficult to write
anything in particular about it. There's nothing terribly wrong
about it to mock openly, but it's not really so great as to be
really effusive about it, either. It will hold your attention
for eighty minutes without insulting you in any way, it's fairly
original, and it just does the job. The effects aren't anything
spectacular, but neither are they meant to be. The music's fine,
the plot is all right, the visuals are thoroughly unremarkable,
this is a movie that all but epitomizes sterile mediocrity.
How Slasherpool could
wax so grandiloquent about this one baffles me. "Sure to
scare the hell out of you"...right...and I'm the Queen of
The ending is a little on the weak side, trying for a surprise
but instead getting a little bit of nonsense. Frankly, I was a
little lost. But this doesn't really distract from the rest of
the movie because it doesn't kick in until the very end.
The special features
include commentary tracks, deleted scenes, an alternate opening,
an alternate ending, a blooper reel, audio options, display options,
English and Spanish subtitles and a collection of trailers.
All in all, Dead Wood
is aggressively not bad, and will be worth your time to watch,
though if you've got movies you really want to see, there's no
reason to bump this one up ahead of any of them.
Directed by David Bryant, Sebastian Smith, Richard Stiles
Written by David Bryant, Sebastian Smith, Richard Stiles
Starring Fergus March, Emily Juniper, John Samuel Worsey, Rebecca
Produced by David Bryant, Sebastian Smith, Richard Stiles86 min
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