Rootwood – USA, 2018 – reviews

‘Welcome to the darkest place on earth.’

Rootwood is a 2018 American supernatural horror feature film about the curse of the Wooden Devil directed by Marcel Walz (Blood Feast remake; Tortura; Seed 2; Raw) from a screenplay by Mario von Czapiewski (Raw 3: The Revelation of Grete Müller; Cannibal Diner). The movie stars Elissa Dowling, Tyler Gallant, Sarah FrenchFelissa Rose, Brandon Rhea, and Tiffani Fest.


Students Jessica (Elissa Dowling) and William (Tyler Gallant) host “The Spooky Hour,” a podcast about paranormal phenomena and urban legends.

When they are hired by Hollywood film producer Laura Benott (Felissa Rose) to produce a horror documentary about the curse of the Wooden Devil, they sense a chance to become famous.

Together with their friend Erin (Sarah French), they enter Rootwood Forest and investigate the area to find out the truth about the Wooden Devil and his victims…


“Walz drops our asses dead in the forest and boxes the audience in with left and right hooks full of fright and anxiety, and the way that it’s emitted from his cast shows the relationship that he has with his actors – positive accord leads to positive results, especially in this facet; and it works like a charm.” Matt Boiselle, Brainwaves

Rootwood is entertaining and a genius exploration of conflict within the independent film industry. Walz and von Czapiewski also provide an interesting social commentary on the digital age and the desperation of content creators finding that one big break of fame.” Ken Artuz, Decay Mag

” …all of the actors and actresses in this flick have real chemistry. It truly felt like friends and associates working together on a passion project more than performers just reciting lines. Throw in amazing gore and creature design from Headcase Studios and Rootwood is a stunning success in every department. Although, you’ll have to wait until the very end to get a full glimpse at the creature.” Horror Society

Rootwood really tries its best, is filmed appealingly and all genre elements are used, but it also makes it too easy for itself and at no point can the movie really get creepy and enthralling.” André Hecker, Letterboxd

Cast and characters:

  • Elissa Dowling … Jessica – Bus Party to Hell; We Are Still HereTales of Halloween; Starry Eyes; et al
  • Tyler Gallant … William
  • Sarah French … Erin – Ouija House; Land Shark; Zombie Pirates; Insectula!
  • Felissa Rose … Laura Benott – Victor Crowley, Camp DreadSleepaway Camp; et al
  • Tiffani Fest … Brenda – Serena Waits, Garden Party MassacreCircus of the Dead
  • Brandon Rhea … Dominik Braun
  • Kwame Head … Roger Winston
  • Marv Blauvelt … Worker #1
  • Oasis Nguyen … Worker #2

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2 Comments on “Rootwood – USA, 2018 – reviews”

    1. IMDb states that it was shown on 8 December 2018 at the Chicago International Genre Film Festival but there is no release date info. I guess it’s still in the festival circuit.

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