Saturday, 25 August 2012

Frightfest 2012: Hidden In The Woods AKA En las afueras de la ciudad




In a Chilean backwater a man molests and abuses his two daughters making one of them pregnant (in turn raising a deformed child), in protecting one sister the freedom they once shared was removed and both girls with the deformed Manuel are locked into a shed. When the authorities arrive, the father kills the two officer and the girls along with Manuel make an escape. Unwittingly however they put themselves in the frame for a cache of hidden drugs. 




I was told not to long ago that if I cannot say anything nice, I should just not say anything at all. As a result dear reader, this review of Hidden In The Woods will be incredibly short.

It is an achievement that Hidden In The Woods has reached out from its native Chile to be seen by a 1000+ audience on a Friday afternoon in London’s Leicester Square, and I can only but comment director Patricio Valladares for this achievement. To get a low budget movie seen across the globe, and more so to get interest by an English speaking company interested in creating a potential remake of the movie. These things I’m sure never even crossed this young directors mind when he began filming. 





Hidden In The Woods starts strongly, has all the hallmarks of something that could become very engaging. Somewhere along the journey however it seems to blur the lines of humour and thriller, lose the script, and any motivation that either the cast or crew had for the project. There is a point in the movie, I suspect during a prison break, that the film loses all credibility, and everything just goes from being very good, to extremely wrong at the drop of a hat.

As a Frightfest regular (the event at which the movie received its UK premier) I can quite safely say this is one of the worst offerings I have ever seen at the festival. It’s overlong, plodding, unimaginative, and utterly forgettable (well certainly in the fact of it receiving any praise). Well done for getting it seen, but please don’t bother.



Spencer Hawken @Views From The Edge

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