WOODLAND GREY (2021) Reviews of trippy, surreal horror

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Woodland Grey is a 2021 horror film directed by Adam Reider from a screenplay co-written with Jesse Toufexis.

The Canadian Franky Films production stars  Art Hindle, Jenny Raven and Tristan D. Lalla.

Plot:

A man living alone in the deep woods finds Emily, a hiker, unconscious and laying on the forest floor. He brings her back to his home and helps her get back to health so she can leave the forest and get home. After a few tense days coexisting, Emily makes a discovery. She finds a crudely built shed behind the man’s home. When she opens it, she unleashes something truly haunting. As Emily and the man come to terms with what has been released, they also attempt to find a way out of the forest which isn’t exactly what it seems….

Reviews:
“At times it can be a little too surreal, with false conclusions that it doesn’t need. And the acting can be a little too over the top. The deepness also makes the film a little too smart, which will turn away some viewers. Woodland Grey looks good, has a decent plot and has its share of scares, but it’s not for everyone.” In the Seats

” …slow and weird for weirdness sake, in a way that is neither thoughtful nor rewarding […] Still, some great music, some competent directing, occasional gore and some great performances make Woodland Grey something that might be worth catching…” Rue Morgue

“Reider and Toufexis present an intriguing blend of harsh reality and the surreal, and occasionally those two elements meet in the middle […] riveting and at times mesmerizing, and anyone who has ever felt shudders in the woods, aficionados of supernatural and folk horror and the surreal, and those seeking unusual independent fear fare should find it well worth their time.” The Scariest Things

Woodland Grey feels like somebody’s film school project, all artsy, pretentious and convinced that its lack of answers is a sign of cleverness rather than bad writing […] By the film’s end, you can maybe make a few guesses as to what’s going on, but since the film never gives us any answers you’ll never know if you’re right. Of course, you can’t really be wrong either.” Voices from the Balcony

“It could have done without some of the looping false conclusions, perhaps, and its increasingly surreal direction will lose some viewers, but many more will enjoy picking through the deeper meanings here, appreciating that the film dodges the expected. Regardless of a couple of minor issues, this film is disconcerting, smart and creepy.” Warped Perspective

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Trailer:

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Cast and characters:
Art Hindle … Moses – The Void; Monster Brawl; Sicilian Vampire; The Brood; Black Christmas; et al
Jenny Raven … Emily – Flatliners
Tristan D. Lalla … Nurse
Katharine King So … Victoria (as Katharine King)
Ryan Blakely … William – Orphan Black
Gerardo Lo Dico … Police Officer
Matthew Giuffrida … Police Officer
Chelsea Goldwater … The Child

Notes:
Filmed in 2019.

Release:
Woodland Grey had its world premiere at the Blood in the Snow Festival in Canada on November 22nd 2021. The film will also be screening at the Another Hole in the Head festival in San Francisco in December 2021 and at the Le Festival du Film du Fantasme in Paris in June 2022.

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