Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror (2021)

In this riveting, thorough and entertaining documentary Canadian writer/director Kier-La Janisse explores the complex and fascinating world of Folk Horror. Tracing its origins in literature and mythology, Janisse situates the sub-genre in territories that render its stories as gripping and urgent to today’s climate. From in-depth explorations of iconic Folk Horror films like The Wicker Man (1973) to modern day and international additions to the sub-genre, Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched is for film fans and horror hounds alike.

In conversation with scholars, filmmakers, actors and writers Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched offers an entry point to a horror sub-genre that is rich with complexities and steeped in histories across the globe.

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Written and Directed by Kier-La Janisse
Janisse is also the author of the groundbreaking book House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films