News broke last month that Nickelodeon’s “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” is getting a movie reboot once again, but you don’t have to wait until then for haunting nostalgia. The Bloomquist Brothers have made a horrific short film in the style the 90s classic.
“She Came From The Woods” is another beautiful film that has Bloomquist written all over it: wide shots, lighting that perfectly illuminates character’s faces and a plume of smoke, this time from a campfire.
A group of counselors tell the story of Esther at Camp Briarbrook. Complete one ritual and you die, one by one – and quickly!
For a short film, the pace of the story was about as good as it gets: half setup, 1-2 minutes of build, then payoff (not without a cliffhanger!)
The language seemed a little mature for teenagers, however. The Bloomquists weren’t afraid to get raunchy, which was refreshing, but some suggested behavior was almost predatory.
John Pope played your classic, not-so-invincible young player, and Justin Andrew Davis played the most convincing teenager through Ben. You can see the youth and fear in his eyes.
Kristen Anne Ferraro, who played the head counselor, had some Frances McDormand vibes – demanding, my-way-or-no-way attitude, but with good cause. Her character Natalie experienced the wrath of Esther when she was a camper. Why she stayed at the camp all those years, we’ll never know. .
“She Came From The Woods” was your classic horror storyline with more convincing gore, an entertaining marriage between “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” and “Final Destination.”
I️t left you wanting more! I’d love to see Camp Briarbrook in its aftermath.