Hidden in the Woods – Chile, 2012 – reviews

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Hidden in the Woods – original title: En las afueras de la ciudad – is a 2012 Chilean horror thriller feature film directed by Patricio Valladares. The movie stars Agustin Aguero, Daniel Antivilo and Eric Bustos.

The film was picked up for a 2013 North American release by Artsploitation Films.

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Allegedly inspired by a true story, this is the story of two sisters who have been raised in isolation, subjected to the torment of their abusive, drug dealing father. When they finally decide to report him to the police, he kills the two officers and is put in jail. But things go from bad to worse when the girls must answer to their Uncle Costello, a psychotic drug kingpin, who shows up looking for his missing merchandise which is hidden in the woods…

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Hidden in the Woods was remade in Texas byPatricio Valladares in 2014 starring Michael Biehn.

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Reviews:

“It is easy to see why audiences have taken against Hidden In The Woods. Valladares has most certainly delivered a filthy, exploitative and incredibly nasty piece of work, perhaps as guilty of abusing its female leads as much as the vile men that populate its dirt roads, truck stops, and backwoods hideouts. That said, even as I was repeatedly appalled by what I witnessed on screen, I remained transfixed by the film, right to its ludicrously blood-soaked and inept finale.” James Marsh, Twitch

“Purportedly based on a Chilean criminal case, this inept, hateful effort is a strong contender for the uncoveted title of the Worst Film Ever Shown at London’s FrightFest. Clumsily staged and edited, with one-note performances and the film has a lone quality aspect in its 1970s-style score. ‘Extreme’ enough in subject matter to attract some festival attention, but unlikely to win over many audiences. ” Kim Newman, Screen Daily

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