Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror

Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror

Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror

This documentary explores the folk horror phenomenon from its beginnings in three foundational films: Michael Reeves' Witchfinder General (1968), Piers Haggard's Blood on Satan's Claw (1971) and Robin Hardy's The Wicker Man (1973). More

The film goes through folk horror's proliferation on British television in the 1970s and its culturally specific manifestations in American, Asian, Australian and European horror, to the genre's revival over the last decade. Touching on over 100 titles and featuring over 50 interviewees, the film investigates the many ways by which we alternately celebrate, conceal and manipulate our own histories in an attempt to find spiritual resonance in our surroundings.

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2021194 minsUSASeverin Films
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Winner of the 2021 SXSW Audience Award (Midnighters).

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Variety

Variety

A slippery thesis doesn't detract from the pleasures of this documentary...

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Bloody Disgusting

Bloody Disgusting

A dizzyingly comprehensive documentary...

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IGN

IGN

In-depth, extensive, and with a killer score, this documentary will teach you everything you need to know about folk horror.

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RogerEbert.com

RogerEbert.com

A resplendent treasure for horror lovers, sure to excite, inspire, and awe.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

The film isn’t really for dabblers, especially given its extended running time. But it does provide a book’s worth of keen insight for anyone who’s interested in movies, mythology, and the intersection between the two.

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Slash Film

Slash Film

Filled with thoughtful commentary, lush visuals and a myriad of perspectives...

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