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A Night In The Woods review

If you go down to the woods today be sure of a big surprise

A forbidding west-country wasteland of local legends and misty intrigue, Dartmoor should be the perfect setting for a homegrown horror.

Indeed, director Richard Parry (a former war correspondent, no less) once endured a camping trip there that was so spooky he decided to turn it into a found-footage film.

Improvised by a trio of talented actors (including Monsters’ Scoot McNairy), who play out an unlikely love triangle while menaced by forces unseen, the results, however, are shriekingly generic.

There’s plenty of atmosphere, but both the leads and the location deserve better.

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Matt Glasby is a freelance film and TV journalist. You can find his work on Total Film - in print and online - as well as at publications like the Radio Times, Channel 4, DVD REview, Flicks, GQ, Hotdog, Little White Lies, and SFX, among others. He is also the author of several novels, including The Book of Horror: The Anatomy of Fear in Film and Britpop Cinema: From Trainspotting To This Is England.