Folk Horror: Lands of Cruelty, Beliefs of Terror

Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror

Kier-La JANISSE|USA|2021|192min |Korean Premiere |15+

Code Time Theater Rate GV
502 7/3  11:00 - 14:12 Bucheon City Hall Fantastic Cube 15
829 7/6  17:00 - 20:12 CGV Sopung 10 15 GV
502 7/3  11:00 - 14:12Bucheon City Hall Fantastic Cube
829 7/6  17:00 - 20:12CGV Sopung 10
15  GV

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Program Note

Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched explores the folk horror phenomenon from its beginnings in a trilogy of films – Michael Reeves’ Witchfinder General (1968), Piers Haggard’s Blood on Satan’s Claw (1971) and Robin Hardy’s The Wicker Man (1973) – through its proliferation on British television in the 1970s and its culturally specific manifestations in American, Asian, Australian and European horror, to the genre’s revival over the last decade. Touching on over 200 films and featuring over 50 interviewees, Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched investigates the many ways that we alternately celebrate, conceal and manipulate our own histories in an attempt to find spiritual resonance in our surroundings.

Program Note

The term “folk horror” was first coined in 1970 while discussing the British horror sub-genre, focusing on the supernatural elements of folklore, such as the beliefs and actions of people in isolation, religion, paganism, and sacrifice. Led by the films of “Unholy Trinity”, these mostly British films and TV dramas ruled the 70s and 80s genre film scene, before disappearing for a while. However, the revival of folk horror films over the last decade brought back interest in the genre, led by Robert Eggers’ The Witch, Ari Aster’s Midsommar and Joko Anwar’s Impetigore. With this in-depth documentary, director Kier-La Janisse examines this in detail, with over 200 film clips and insightful interviews with fifty filmmakers, writers, and academics. This solid anthology work, running over 3 hours, is a must watch for folk horror fans and informative filmmaking fans. (Jongsuk Thomas NAM)


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Kier-La JANISSE is a film writer, programmer, producer and founder of The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies. She is the author of House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films (2012/2022), A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi (2007), and has been an editor on numerous books including Warped & Faded: Weird Wednesday and the Birth of the American Genre Film Archive (2021), Yuletide Terror: Christmas Horror on Film and Television (2017) and Satanic Panic: Pop-Cultural Paranoia in the 1980s (2015). She was a producer on David Gregory’s Tales of the Uncanny (2020) and wrote, directed and produced the award-winning documentary Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror (2021) for Severin Films, where she is a house producer.


Producer Kier-La JANISSE, David GREGORY, Winnie CHEUNG
Screenplay Kier-La JANISSE
Cinematographer Jim KUNZ, Sarah APPLETON, Jaqueline CASTEL
Editor Winnie CHEUNG, Benjamin SHEARN
Sound Winnie CHEUNG, Mark RASKIN
Cast Piers HAGGARD, Lawrence GORDON CLARK, Alice LOWE