(a film review by Mark R. Leeper)

WOODLANDS DARK AND DAYS BEWITCHED--A HISTORY OF FOLK HORROR is a 194-minute documentary on "folk horror" in cinema. It is long, but is divided into six chapters to make viewing easier. It begins on a very strong note with the "unholy trinity" of folk horror: WITCHFINDER GENERAL, BLOOD ON SATAN’S CLAW, and THE WICKER MAN (the original, of course). Then we have a look at the many other British films in the genre, paganism and witchcraft in cinema, American folk horror cinema, worldwide folk horror cinema, and the current "folk horror revival". It is an amazing in-depth study that every folk horror fan should see.

And Claira Curtis has compiled a list of all 214 (!) films covered in this documentary, https://letterboxd.com/clairacurtis/list/folk-horror-a-study/ with posters for each film, or https://letterboxd.com/clairacurtis/list/folk-horror-a-study/detail/ if you want a text list of the films.

Released at festivals in 2021; available at https://vimeo.com/750846683/afa7f2ceb9. Rating: +3 (-4 to +4) or 9/10

Film Credits: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt13938338/reference

What others are saying: https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/woodlands_dark_and_days_bewitched_a_history_of_folk_horror

					Mark R. Leeper
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