Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror

Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror | Kier-La Janisse | US 2021 | 193 Min | DCP

Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched explores the folk horror phenomenon from its beginnings in a trilogy of films—Michael Reeves’s Witchfinder General (1968), Piers Haggard’s Blood on Satan’s Claw (1971), and Robin Hardy’s The Wicker Man (1973)—through its proliferation on British television in the 1970s and its culturally specific manifestations to the genre’s revival over the last decade. Touching on more than two hundred films and featuring over fifty interviewees, the documentary investigates the many ways that we alternately celebrate, conceal, and manipulate our own histories in an attempt to find spiritual resonance in our surroundings.

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Kier-La Janisse
Janisse, Kier-La is a film writer, programmer, publisher, producer, and founder of The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies. She is the author of A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi (2007) and House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films (2012), and has been an editor on several books. She is currently co-editing an anthology book on the films of Robert Downey, Sr. and writing a monograph about Monte Hellman’s Cockfighter as well as developing an animated film based on Julia Gfrörer’s graphic novel Vision. A house editor and producer of bonus features at Severin Films, Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched is her first film as director.
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Language eOV
With Piers Haggard, Lawrence Gordon Clark, Jeremy Dyson, Alice Lowe, Robert Eggers
Writer Kier-La Janisse
Editing Winnie Cheung, Benjamin Shearn, Jamie Lansdowne
Cinematography Jim Kunz, Sarah Appleton, Neil Edwards, Jacqueline Castel, Iain Marcks