The pic focuses on Ana and Anny, two sisters whom have been raised in isolation under the atrocity of drug dealing and the incestuous obsession of their grim father. When they, tired of the abuse, call the police, he kills two officers and is put in jail. Free from their father, the girls now will have to escape from Tío Costello, the local drug lord trying to recover a large amount of drugs hidden in the woods.
It’s been all of one week since I’ve seen an exploitation film, and Chilean director Patricio Valladares has seen fit to remedy that with Hidden In The Woods, which is currently being remade by Valladares himself with Michael Biehn starring. The film has rubbed more than a few people the wrong way at various festivals, and is now available for your viewing pleasure. Those audiences weren’t lying. Hidden In The Woods‘ tale of drugs, incest, cannibalism and outright mayhem isn’t what you’d call a good time had by all.
Sisters Anny and Ana are being raised in a shack by their abusive drug dealer father. He murdered their mother in front of them when they were younger, and later raped Ana, who produced her deformed brother, Manuel. When the cops come to investigate the happenings, Father decides to do away with them via chainsaw, but he’s soon captured and incarcerated. While things sound like they’ve turned for the better, the girls are now the target of their father’s boss, drug kingpin Uncle Costello, who thinks that they know the location of a big drug stash.
I’m always at a loss on how to describe the quality of a film of this type. It’s definitely exploitation to its core. The camera seemingly enjoys witnessing the misery and pain of male and female characters. Valladares has described the film as a comedy of sorts, but it’s hard to see that other than the film being so over-the-top that it’s absurd. Every male character in this film might as well have “rapist” or “murderer” stamped on their foreheads, while our two female protagonists suffer so much mental, physical and sexual abuse that it’s ludicrous. I’d be a fool if I were to omit the blowjob montage, which is twisted in a couple of ways. If that’s Valladares’ idea of comedy, I’d hate to see what his idea of horror would be. READ MORE
We now have a full list of the cast members that will star alongside Michael Biehn, Jennifer Blanc and Electra Avelan in Hidden in the Woods, the Patricio Valladares-directed English-language remake to the Chilean horror film that made festival rounds last year.
The full cast is now listed as Michael Biehn, Jeannine Kaspar, Electra Avelan, Mark Burnham, Jennifer Blanc, Richard Gunn, Caitlin Keats, Matthew Alan, Mark Gantt, Cheryl Hawker, Greg Ingram, Evie Louise Thompson, Grace Powell, Larry Carroll, Nick Nicholson, Jeremy JD Norton, Rebecca Torellas, Nick Bateman, Cody Hackman, and Luke Massy.
“The pic focuses on Ana and Anny, two sisters whom have been raised in isolation under the atrocity of drug dealing and the incestuous obsession of their grim father. When they, tired of the abuse, call the police, he kills two officers and is put in jail. Free from their father, the girls now will have to escape from Tío Costello, the local drug lord trying to recover a large amount of drugs hidden in the woods.”