Kier-La Janisse – Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror (2021)
This documentary explores the folk horror phenomenon from its beginnings in three foundational films – Michael Reeves’ “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 in American, Asian, Australian and European horror, to the genre’s revival over the last decade. Touching on over 100 titles and featuring over 50 interviewees, the film investigates the many ways by which we alternately celebrate, conceal and manipulate our own histories in an attempt to find spiritual resonance in our surroundings.
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Definitely an interesting documentary. Lengthy enough that I had to spread it over a couple viewings, and veers into somewhat academic discourse at times, but informative and worthwhile overall. Did not make an exact count of this from the acknowledgements at the end credits, but this has to cover around 80 films cited, or possibly more. I thought that I already had a fairly comprehensive knowledge of these genres, but they managed to go into quite a few titles — throughout film history from around the world — that I’d never heard of. And that’s always a good thing.
Thanks for your review, convinced me to download the doco, glad I did.
Some of the films mentioned are available here at worldscinema, and quite a few at rarelust.com.
Two that are not mentioned in the doco that I would add are A PHOTOGRAPH (1977) written by John Bowen https://rarelust.com/a-photograph-1977/#more-84402 (Bowen’s classic folk-horror tales ROBIN REDBREAST and THE TREASURE OF ABBOT THOMAS are there too) and THE LONG WEEKEND (1978) which is here at worldcinema – LONG WEEKEND isn’t strictly folk-horror, but is close enough, chilling and disturbing.