Our Rating: ★★☆☆☆
L Factor: Minor lesbian content
Short Take: Slasher flick at an isolated chateau in France.
Alternate Titles: Promenons-nous dans les bois
Year: 2000
Language: France/French
MPAA: Not Rated
Director: Lionel Delplanque
Writer: Lionel Delplanque, Annabelle Perrichon
Starring: Marie Trintignant, Suzanne MacAleese, Maud Buquet, Alexia Stresi, Denis Lavant, Vincent Lecoeur, Michel Muller, François Berléand, Clotilde Courau, Clément Sibony, Thibault Truffert

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Deep in the Woods

In an isolated chateau in France, a grandfather (François Berléand) hires a group of actors to perform ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ for his young grandson’s birthday. During the festivities, the police come by to warn them that a murdering rapist is on the loose, and later that night, dead bodies start appearing. The mystery is on to figure out who the killer could be. The creepy grandfather, the weird kid, the groundskeeper, one of the actors themselves?

This is a slasher flick, so there is a bloody killing in the beginning, and then a long drought in which very little happens. Amongst the group is a couple, Jeanne (Alexia Stresi), who speaks only in sign, and Sophie (Clotilde Courau). At one point they are being watched and photographed while they make love in their room. Sophie is the one who is most worried about their safety and stays inside while the others look around the grounds. Jeanne takes the opportunity to have sex with one of the guys outside, and when she comes back in, she acts as if all is normal between them (just a bisexual slut, evidently).

And now the killing really starts. Weird stuff all around, but not that scary or gory. In the US, the dvd or streaming version of the film is dubbed in English. The original was in French. (AB)