‘You are not alone.’
Woe is a 2020 American mystery horror film about a brother and sister who stumble upon their father’s secret one year after his death. They soon learn that this secret may not be his alone.
Written, directed and edited by Matthew Goodhue (shorts: Dames; Virgil), making his feature debut. Produced by Lanie Albin, Ryan Gibson (High Voltage), Marco Rodriguez and Ryan Shrime.
The Decipher Entertainment-Mr. Griever Films-Research Films co-production stars Jerilyn Armstrong, Russell Becker, Adam Halferty, Ryan Kattner, DeVaughn LaBon, Jessie Rabideau and James Russo.
One year after their father’s death, Charlie (Adam Halferty) endlessly repairs the old family house while his sister, Betty (Jessie Rabideau) decides to sell their father’s car without her brother’s consent – the same car their father committed suicide in.
As the two avoid confronting their prolonged grief, mental health, and each other, a hunchbacked creature shadows their every move. Their estranged Uncle Pete (James Russo), believed to be dead, claims to have answers – if only Charlie and Betty would get out of their own heads and accept help…
“I have to give it credit for never getting boring, which is usually the biggest dealbreaker. Ultimately, this movie both wins on (and suffers from) the same as the movie Caveat […] They are both movies that score extremely high on evoking horror in creative ways. Unfortunately, this seems to be (to a point) at the expense of the storyline itself.” Heaven of Horror
The performances have a sleepwalking blandness, dictated by the character requirements. Too little of the mystery is divulged too slowly, in teeny, tiny revelations. There’s little suspense or urgency to Charlie’s plight. We’re missing a lot because a lot seems left out. Woe is the filmmaker who can’t get more “horror movie” in an 85-minute film.” Movie Nation
“Unfortunately, with its somewhat slow pacing and deliberately obscure plotting, the first hour of Woe ends up somewhere between creepy and frustrating. There are moments that sent a shiver up my back, but it was frequently replaced by annoyance that so little of it made any sense […] Granted a film doesn’t always have to explain everything, but Woe felt like it left too much unexplained.” Voices from the Balcony
Woe premiered at the virtual Massachusetts Independent Film Festival on September 24th 2020.
Cast and characters:
Jerilyn Armstrong … Cindy
Russell Becker … Thomas
Adam Halferty … Charlie Dennistoun
Ryan Kattner … Benjamin Hennessey
DeVaughn LaBon … Russ
Jessie Rabideau … Betty Dennistoun
Flora Rubenhold … Bridget
James Russo … Uncle Pete
Jason Tippet … Nick
Los Angeles, California, USA