Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror (Blu-ray)

Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror (Blu-ray)

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WOODLANDS DARK AND DAYS BEWITCHED explores the folk horror phenomenon and its culturally specific manifestations in international horror, from its first wave in the 1970s to today.

It’s been hailed as “stunning” (Diabolique Magazine), “brilliant” (AV Club) and “mind-blowingly epic” (Film Threat), and stands as perhaps the definitive genre documentary of our time. From writer/director/co-producer Kier-La Janisse comes “a seductive mega-text” (Indiewire) through the history of folk horror, featuring clips from over 200 films and interviews with more than 50 filmmakers, authors and scholars that explore the rural roots, occult creeds and cultural lore that continue to shape international cinema. Severin Films presents this “astounding achievement” (Screen Anarchy) – also featuring an original score by Jim Williams (A FIELD IN ENGLAND), animation by Ashley Thorpe (BORLEY RECTORY) and collage sequences by Guy Maddin (MY WINNIPEG) – that Rue Morgue calls “an unprecedented journey into where folk horror has been, where it’s going and ultimately what it says about humanity.”

Video Introduction By Writer/Director/Producer Kier-La Janisse (9 mins)

Animating Folk Horror — A Conversation with Ashley Thorpe (12 mins)
Animator Ashley Thorpe discusses his processes and inspirations for the animated sequences he created for the film. 

Outtake: What is Folk Horror? (2 mins)
Expanded definitions of folk horror cut from the film’s introductory sequence.

Outtake: Harvest Hymns — The Sounds and Signals of Folk Horror (22 mins)
Historians and Composers—including Marc Wilkinson, John Cameron, Jim Williams, Pentagram Home Video and more—weigh in on the sounds of folk horror from trad to electronica. 

Outtake: Terra Assombrada — Expressions of Folk Horror in Brazil (7 mins)
Filmmaker Dennison Ramalho and Scholars Carlos Primati and Laura Loguercio Cánepa discuss the impact of Brazilian folk literature and songs on folk horror. 

Folk Poetry (5 mins)
WITCHFINDER GENERAL star Ian Ogilvy and BLOOD ON SATAN’S CLAW’s Linda Hayden recite classic folk poems set to Super 8 footage. 


Special Features:

  • Video Introduction By Writer/Director/Producer Kier-La Janisse

Disc Specs:

  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Audio: English Stereo
  • Closed Captions
  • Region 0