Five college friends head to the woods for a weekend of drinking, partying and fooling around. But as they sit at their campfire, a blood-soaked hermit approaches. He appears to have been infected with a flesh-eating virus, and as the kids start to catch the bug, paranoia and hostility run wild.
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I suffer from this. The woods are terrifying. Don't get those guys who do 'wild camping' (camping sauvage). Don't wanna be mauled to death by a scared bear mom. Am good. It's the 'no urban sounds' that gets me. Any sound becomes a sonic tsunami. Everything gets amplified. Thank god for headphones and YT. For 100 years every character that goes to the countryside/wild/woods is raped, killed or eaten. Mini-bar it is.
While not as hefty or fascinating as Roth's two Hostel entries, it's easily his most joyous and entertaining. A fun-as-hell mashup to DIY horror shlock-masters Sam Raimi and Peter Jackson, and even some Lynchian touches thanks to Angelo Badalementi's score. More than just a tribute, it's a showcase for Roth's ability to design sequences that stand shoulder to shoulder with the genre's best and most scarring.
Might represent the perfect storm of early 00's horror, with Eli Roth splitting the difference between Lynchian surrealism (Angelo Badalementi music, bumbling Sheriff's deputy) and the horror-comedy of Sam Raimi, not to mention the practical effects by "Walking Dead's" Greg Nicotero. The film is so good, it suggests an alternate career path Roth could have taken, but his brand of humor is on full display here.
Better than I first thought. A lot of weird people around there. But why not risk more ironic moments (there have been a few near the end, the small sequence with the harmonica is brillant) and cut out some of the stereotype figures and dialogues from the script?
This is definitely better than Roth's later work in the "Hostel" field. I love the practical gore and the lack of CGI, but the entire film seemed like it was contradicting itself. Mainly because it was trying to say "horror is too predictable" by not using the PG-13 rating, but the film follows virtually every horror cliche from the ominous town-folk to the caricatures we follow. Not bad, but a bit too shallow.
Not all that good, but there are moments that confirm Roth as a guy with potential. As it's a debut feature of the reinvented horror genre, it's also not all that bad. However, it does less than deliver in general. 2/5.