Don't Go in the Woods (2010 film)
|Don't Go in the Woods|
|Directed by||Vincent D'Onofrio|
|Written by||Vincent D'Onofrio|
|Screenplay by||Sam Bisbee
|Music by||Sam Bisbee|
|Editing by||Jennifer Lee|
|Studio||5 Minutes Productions|
|Distributed by||Tribeca Film|
|Running time||83 minutes|
Don't Go in the Woods is a 2010 American horror musical written and directed by Vincent D'Onofrio. The film was first shown in 2010 at single locations in the United States. It was released on Video on demand (VOD) on 26 December 2011, and on general theatrical release in January 2012. The film was made in upper New York state by 5 Minutes Productions, and distributed by Tribeca Film.
A band decides to go camping for a few days to try and write five new songs. The self-appointed leader of the band pushes them to cut off all ties with the outside world, smashing their mobile phones. They are surprised when a group of girls joins them. During the course of the night they begin to be killed off.
- Matt Sbeglia - Nick, the lead-singer of the band.
- Cassandra Lee Walker - Ashley
- Bo Boddie - Carson
- Jorgen Jorgensen - Carlo
- Soomin Lee - Johnny
- Kate O'Malley - Callie
- Casey Smith - Anton
- Eric Bogosian - Producer
The film was shot on two cameras in woods on D'Onofrio's land in Woodstock, New York state. D'Onofrio decided to make the film during a waiting period for another project to go ahead; he said "My friends and I were in the middle of another project, waiting for the rights for that, and it was taking too long." Filming started two months after the initial idea, took twelve days to shoot, and was completed for a budget of $100,000.
The film is D'Onofrio's directorial debut. During an interview with Patrick McDonald of hollywoodchicago.com, he was asked how directors he had worked with influenced him; D'Onofrio said that great directors stuck with their original idea and were not sidetracked. McDonald asked him "How did you honor those impressions," to which he replied, "I don’t know if I actually did that on my set. I used the script as a blueprint, we purposely wrote this 'B-movie' structure, and made it into a musical. Basically that was the plan, and that is what we achieved."
In an interview with Edward Douglas of Shocktillyoudrop.net, D'Onofrio spoke of how the film's genre was intended as a slasher musical, and that he had wanted to "make an absurd slasher musical".:02:40 He went on to discuss how the casting was done "off the street [...] some of the girls worked in a coffee shop around the corner from my house". He did say that "three of the guys were in a band, the Dirty Dirty" and had recorded music together prior to the film.:05:50 He also talked about how it was "difficult to keep tension [of a horror film] going" while interspersing it with musical numbers, "as singing releases on-screen tension.":08:15
D'Onofrio also said that the film's title was not a reference to the same-named 1980s film.:06:40
Critical reception has been mixed. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 13% on its tomatometer with 8 of the 9 critic reviews being negative. Kristen McCracken of Huffington Post Entertainment, described it as "a fun ride, with the loose feel of a campy B-horror-movie from decades past (the difference here is that Bisbee’s music is good), with twists and turns and jumps galore". Dustin Putman said that, although it "probably shouldn't work—or, at least, what ought to come off as campy—avoids such pitfalls", the film "is made in grand spirits and with undeniable know-how. It's conventional and truly one-of-a-kind all at once. There's nothing else out there like it."
Michelle Orange of Movieline.com said "Though obviously aware of the potential and prepared to really go for it, D’Onofrio came up with something that feels unfinished -- an interesting harmony that needs a better bridge." Most critical was Nick Pinkerton, of the Village Voice, who said that the cast are "no great shakes as actors", going on to say that the film "is cozily resigned to its novelty niche but an affront to fans of the genres it bowdlerizes."
- "Don't Go In The Woods". Tribeca Films. 2011. Retrieved 12 January 2012.
- Patrick McDonald (November 2011). "Interview: Vincent D’Onofrio on Directorial Debut of ‘Don’t Go in the Woods’". HollywoodChicago.com.
- Michelle Orange (12 January 2012). "REVIEW: Don't Go in the Woods — Unless You're Up for Something Cheap, Cheerful and Seemingly Unfinished". Huffington Post. Retrieved 12 January 2012. "actually, it was shot on D’Onofrio’s Woodstock, N.Y., property"
- D'Onofrio (Director, writer) Douglas (Interviewer) (2012). Exclusive Video Interview: Vincent D'Onofrio Talks Don't Go In the Woods (webvideo). Shocktillyoudrop.
- Kristen McCracken (12 January 2012). "Don't Go in the Woods: Vincent D'Onofrio on his "Slasher Musical"". Huffington Post. Retrieved 12 January 2012.
- Dustin Putman (30 December 2011). "Dustin's review: Don't Go in the Woods". Dustin Putman. Retrieved 12 January 2012.
- Nick Pinkerton (11 January 2012). "Don't Go in the Woods". Village Voice. Retrieved 12 January 2012.