Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror

Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror ★★★★½

A superior example of a genre documentary.

Kier-La Janisse, a Canadian film scholar, author and organizer, has given us a feast of material regarding folk horror from around the globe. With a substantial three-plus hours running time WDADB might seem daunting....but it is the best three hours I have spent in recent memory.

With clips from over 200 films and well-curated comments by some 50 interviewees, this moves along at a brisk clip. Original and licensed music is well-used and an added grace note of original animation in the intertitles adds greatly to the experience. The special collage sequences were created by Guy Maddin, Zena Grey and Brendt Rioux.

To me, so far, the best of its kind.

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