William (Ryan Blakely) has been living alone in a trailer deep in the woods when he finds Emily (Jenny Raven) unconscious and gets her back on her feet over several days. They’re a strange mix, as he’s silent and she can’t stop talking. But when she opens the shed behind his house, what she finds will change everything.
Adam Reider, who directed and co-wrote with Jesse Toufexis, doesn’t spell out the story for viewers and allows the movie to unfurl at its own pace, going from in the middle of nowhere drama to surreal madness by the end of the film. He’s also aided by strong sound design by Martin Cadieux-Rouillard.
While the movie mostly has just the two leads, the flashbacks have Art Hindle (Black Christmas, The Brood) appear. The lead up to the shed, why William is so afraid of it being opened and what happens next won’t be spoiled here, but I found the slow build worthwhile.
I also really enjoyed the film’s soundtrack, which has Skye Klein, Katie Sevigny and one of my favorite musicians, King Dude, whose “Lucifer’s the Light of the World” is the perfect song for the moment it appears.
Woodland Grey plays MidWest WeirdFest on Friday, March 4 at 8:00 PM CST. You can get tickets and more information on the MidWest Weird Fest website.
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