ANIMOSITY (2013) Reviews and re-release news

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‘The forest never forgives’

Animosity is a 2013 American horror film in which a newlywed couple moves into a house in the middle of woods. Unfortunately, the pair soon discover that the surrounding forest is host to sinister supernatural powers which turns them against each other.

Written and directed by Brendan Steere (The Velocipastor; A Cat in the Forest; Dead by Dawn). The Laika Come Home production stars Stephan Goldbach, Michelle Jones and Alyssa Kempinski.


“Regardless of its shortcomings, Animosity is an above-average independent horror film and one whose intriguing premise more than makes up for its familiar setting. It certainly earns its place as a worthwhile “cabin in the woods” movie, and that’s more than can be said for most of its similarly-budgeted peers.” Daily Grindhouse

“Steere and company do well with the basic horror-movie stuff, too; there’s enough blood to make an impression without it being too much, and they aren’t inclined to waste a jump moment. A turning point in the movie is memorably nasty, all the more so when the full implications of it set in. The downside is that one things start setting in, it’s hard to miss just how precisely things have been set up to funnel events down that particular path.”

” …the film packs in some really nifty surprises and features really harrowing, effective performances, anchored by a terrific central turn by Willet (who commands about 95% of the proceedings). Normally low-budget films shot in a single location tend to overplay their hand and show a strain on their resources, but that’s definitely not the case here…” Mondo Digital

” …things get muddy and impenetrable. Tracy Willet (Carrie) is unbelievably strong in the lead and Animosity is harrowing with frequent shocks. It just demands a repeat viewing if only to figure out what in the hell was going on.” Really Awful Movies

“Much of the dialogue sounded like what a screenwriter thinks everyday conversations sound like. Not only would the film have benefited from a rewrite to fix dialogue, it also would have been worthwhile to drop a subplot involving the neighbor and tighten the action. With that said, Animosity is not a horrible film.” Rock! Shock! Pop!

” …the second half is considerably faster paced and does feature most of the film’s violence […] At a hundred and three minutes Animosity does run a bit long. There are also a few scenes that are a bit too dark making it hard to read important information from notebooks, etc. But they’re minor gripes…” Voices from the Balcony


Originally released by Bloody Earth Films on September 9th, 2014, Animosity will be reissued by Wild Eye Releasing on July 20th.


Cast and characters:

Stephan Goldbach … Tom
Michelle Jones … Erin
Alyssa Kempinski … Nicole
Tom Martin … Carl Hampton
Thea McCartan … Lauren
Rob O’Rourke … Boy
Marcin Paluch … Mike Bonner
Tracy Willet … Carrie Bonner
Matt Ziegel … Joe

Technical details:

107 minutes
Aspect ratio: 2.35: 1


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