2003 / 85m - Norway
Horror, Thriller
Dark Woods poster


March 18, 2022


The most basic of horror films, but sometimes that's all you really need. Dark Woods is as generic as its title suggests, but director Øie manages to create a grim and eerie atmosphere, the location and dark cinematography do the rest. An easy recommend for people who are looking for fun horror filler.

For Gunnar's latest TV show, he plans to send contestants into the wild. Before he starts, he wants his crew to have the same experiences as the contestants. They go to stay in the cabin Gunnar grew up in, where they undertake various missions. What they don't know is that someone else is also running around in the woods.

Something is clearly amiss, but the audience won't get the answers until the end of the film. The characters are awkward enough to arouse suspicion, the dark woods and creaky cabin make for a perfect setting and the grungy camerawork is fitting. It's all very predictable and the film fails to stand out, but I had a pretty good time with it.