HIDDEN IN THE WOODS
(En las Afueras de la Ciudad)
Hidden in the Woods looks like a lost film from the 1970s. The photography is deliberately ragged and the print grainy, resembling a work of the genre that people think used to be called grindhouse. It reminds of one of the efforts that jumped aboard the early Backwoods Brutality cycle it could easily be a 1970s copy of The Last House on the Left (1972) or The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974). All that seems missing is the sprocket marks and frame flickers or the Tarantino-esque movie in-references and dialogue in ironic quote marks and we would have a work that belongs to the modern cod-grindhouse genre.
There is not much of a plot to the film. It is more a set of characters that are driven together, separated and the various struggles they face. The film takes a long time to get to the meat of it. There is a gory scene where Daniel Antivilo eliminates the two cops with a chainsaw early on but then a long wait for anything to happen until the scene where Carolina Escobar turns on the hiker that tries to rape her and tears his throat out and starts eating his flesh. Thereafter the film finds its feet in terms of a genre vehicle, before arriving at a gore-drenched climax. On the other hand, there is never much more to it than that. It is a film hoping to get by on splatter and shock effect and not much else. Alas, by this point one has seen enough films in the Backwoods Brutality genre for this to be nothing standout.
Hidden in the Woods (2014) was the English-language remake, also directed by Patricio Valladares and starring Michael Biehn as the father and William Forsythe as the gang leader.
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