She Came From The Woods


‘…She Came From the Woods should satisfy die hard horror fans who are happy to see their favourite clichés stood up on their feet again…’

Camp-fire tales are a reliable rights of passage experience for many; movies regularly pick up on that uneasy feeling as a narrative is told by primordial flame. ‘This isn’t The Burning’ one of the characters in She Came From The Woods says, demonstrating a knowledge of previous cinematic horror. And Erik Bloomquist’s film isn’t like The Burning, one of the video nasties I saw as a kid back in 1981. While Cropsy, the killer in the Burning is just a nasty old man chasing George Costanza with his rusty garden shears, She Came From The Woods is a full-blown supernatural thriller with bells on in the form of copious amounts of what we used to call Kensington Gore.

So we kick off with William Sadler (Die Hard 2, Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey) as Gilbert McAllister, whose daughter Heather (Stranger Things’ Cara Buono) works with him at the Camp Briarbrook summer camp circa 1987. A bus load of kids go missing, and rumours abound that the sinister Nurse Agatha has returned after previously being killed off circa 1945. And these rumours prove to be true, with possessions, demonic attacks, and all kinds of nasty-ass action on the way to a very bloody denouement…

She Came From The Woods is a slick horror movie that melds slasher clichés with a more full-blooded brand of horror; by making the antagonist female, it manages to avoid some of the worst excesses of the 80’s horror genre. But it is a little disappointing that the witchcraft theme is developed here, and in many other recent releases, in such a retro style; this is the gnarly old woman = ultimate evil trope that we’ve seen many times before, even if Bloomquist does a good job racheting the retro-horror comedy up to Evil Dead levels. This is very much the Bloomquist of Night at the Eagle Lodge rather than Christmas at the Carousel.

Expanded from a short, She Came From the Woods should satisfy die hard horror fans who are happy to see their favourite clichés stood up on their feet again; there’s little we haven’t seen before, but as a make-over of 80’s horror clichés, this is a proficient enough rehash, with better performances than are required. Sadler’s exit in particular deserves some applause; Bloomquist embraces the tropes he clearly loves, and makes sure all the characters go out with a bang. And if nothing else, it’s a great excuse to exhume Kim Wilde’s seminal hit single, Kids in America, as featured in the trailer below…

She Came From The Woods opens on 800+ US screens from Feb 10th 2023.

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  1. No way. I won’t knock horror but it’s not for me.

    I have been getting the hard sell from friends to watch Stranger Things though. Really wish it was a movie instead of a TV show. Finding myself unwilling to commit to any show with more than a season right now.

  2. I’m calling shenanigans. That kid is holding a wooden bat. Every teenage hooligan knows that an aluminum bat is the only way to go.
    Man, kids these days can’t even be hooligans properly. Do we have to teach them EVERYTHING? Back in my day kids knew how to be proper hooligans without having to have their hand held every step of the way…

  3. Trailer seems like a bit of fun. The thing about this style of horror comedy though is that the horror has to actually be a bit scary for the movie to really work. This looks more like straight slapstick.

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