Ginger Nuts of Horror
Being a doctor must be a great job, you get to meet lots of people, well paid, nice car, the respect of your community and the sense of well being from actually having a job that gives back must make you feel really good. It is a hard job, one that requires years of training and dedication, not everyone is up to the job. Many fail, so you would think that as part of their training there would be a little course on how to pick where you practice medicine.
Any doctor who is making the move from burnt out city doctor to that of the cozy local Gp in a quiet little village should be made aware of the inherent dangers and downright stupidity of taking on one of these posts. Be it killer mutant spiders, crazy wild animals running amok, or even some long buried deadly disease you know your life as the Gp is not going to be easy. The doctor in Deep in the Darkness, not only has to contend with some rather odd and creepy residents, he also has to deal with a dark and deadly threat from the dark age and the dark part of the wood.
I wanted to like this film, it was based on a book by Michael Laimo, I haven't read the book of the same name, but i have read his other stuff and they have been enjoyable if formulaic mid list horror books. This film however is not enjoyable, but is it extremely formulaic, which I suppose even things out.
With a plot that borrows from at least ten other films, the viewer will quickly realise that they have seen it all before. Which in itself isn't a bad thing if the film tries to do something new with the formulaic plot, or at least does what it does with flair. This film does neither. It trudges along a path so well trodden it would have Hansel and Gretel jumping for joy. Bored directionless acting where sly looks off screen are the only attempt to add anything to performance. Only Dean Stockwell delivers a performance that isn't cringeworthy or worse just plain old boring. I bet he was praying that Ziggy or Sam would get him out of this derivative nonsense.
Sometimes films like these are saved by having an inventive monster, and sometimes they just make a film worse. Guess which one they went for here? Oh yeah, for an ancient race of underground dwelling wild humanoids these bad boys look like rejects from 1960s Doug McClure film. Wild men with glowing eyes do not a scary monster make.
If you go down to the woods today, you are not in for a big surprise
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