Monsters In The Woods. Again.

Monsters in the WoodsThe term generic should only be applied to such nouns/pronouns as aspirin, cleaning products, bottled water, and my sexual prowess. Unfortunately, generic keeps popping up when describing the plots of independent horror films.

Example: the upcoming horror indie, Monsters in the Woods, is being prepped for the American Film Market (i.e., not out yet). While MitW may very well be a groundbreaking work of art that’ll make The Blair Witch Project look like it was done by a Tijuana restaurant dishwasher with a fifth-grade education (oh, wait…), the title, one-sheets, trailer and plot suggest otherwise:

“A low-budget film crew treks deep into the wilderness to shoot horror sequences for their unsellable indie-drama. They soon find themselves in the midst of their own horror show as they are hunted down by real monsters.”

Monsters in the Woods

Let’s try this from a slightly different perspective: “A low-budget film crew (college students, teenagers, two jocks/a fat dork/two hot-but-slutty girls) treks deep into the wilderness (haunted house, summer camp, abandoned insane asylum) to shoot horror sequences (drink, take drugs, party, have sex) for their unsellable indie-drama (YouTube™ hand-held camera footage). They soon find themselves in the midst of their own horror show as they are hunted down by real monsters (escaped lunatic from insane asylum, in-bred cannibals, Bigfoot, revenge-seeking fat dorky guy everyone picks on and doesn’t get to have sex).

Monsters in the WoodsThe plot for Monsters in the Woods is so generic, it’d take me hours to track down similar horror movies already made and do a 10,000 word blog essay on ’em. To take writing credit is like changing the recipe for hamburgers and calling it your own.

Then again, who am I to say? There’s probably a dozen horror fans out there who crave this sort of connect-the-dots filmmaking.

3 Responses to “Monsters In The Woods. Again.”

  1. 1st off…thanks for taking the time to talk about the movie at all, especially at this early stage.

    Ebert once said and as been quoted man times, “It’s not what a movie is about. It’s how it’s about it.”

    I wouldn’t go so far as to call it groundbreaking, but “Monsters in the Woods” is fairly stylistically unique, mixing found, fake and traditional footage as well a non-linear structure. The title works both traditionally and ironically. The characters are definitely not run of the mill slasher fodder, nor are their motivations. The familiar set up is used as a jumping off point for movie that’s meant to work as a straight-a-head thriller, satire and meta-commentary on micro-budget moviemaking.

    Now, it’s yet to be seen whether or not I accomplished all if any of those goals with the final product (the trailers and art obviously don’t), but it’s definitely not run of the mill work.

    Jason Horton – director/writer

  2. Not bone-headed at all. Your point was valid. I just enjoy commenting back and forth about the movie.
    Thanks for entertaining me.

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