Thursday Movie Picks: The Woods

This week's theme from Wandering Through the Shelves is everyone's favorite creepy place to hang out alone: the woods. It's really hard not to go completely with the horror route this week. Here's what I came up with. 

1) The Cabin the Woods

I gave myself one horror pick because I love this movie so much. It's still hilarious no matter how many times I re-watch it. 

2) The Hunt for the Wilderpeople

This wonderful little film that takes place in the New Zealand bush was one of my favorites from last year. 

3) Once Upon a Forest

I used to watch this movie all the time when I was a kid. It's about some woodland critters (not the South Park kind) who try to find a rare plant to save one of their sick friends (who was voiced by Elisabeth Moss, which I never knew before)  To make this childhood story even more lame, the only reason I had this on VHS in the first place was because I won it at my local roller rink for winning the "Four Corners" game.

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  1. I need to watch Hunt for the Wilderpeople. Hopefully I get to it soon!

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  2. YES Cabin in the Woods! I need to watch it again; I loved it so much on first watch. SO funny in very surprising ways. Hunt for the Wilderpeople was also surprisingly funny. I really enjoyed that one!

    I don't remember if I ever saw Once Upon a Forest, but I totally almost picked Fern Gully this week.

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    1. Ahh Fern Gully would've been good. I like that one better.

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  3. YES Hunt for the Wilderpeople! It's such a brilliant film!

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  4. You are the 2nd person to pick Hunt for the Wilderpeople. I do want to see this film and hope I can find it on DVD as I don't have Netflix. I haven't seen Cabin in the Woods which is no surprise nor have I seen the cute film with the critters. I am surprised that you did not do all horror

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    1. I'm sure you should be able to find it on DVD. Even though it was a smaller release it was fairly popular last year.

      I tried not to do horror as that's predictable for me anyways. lol

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  5. Cabin in the Woods and Hunt for the Wilderpeople are the ones I want to see as I'm hoping to see the former for October as both films are currently available on my local library. I might do the latter this weekend if I can find it.

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    1. They're both amazing. I hope you like them.

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  6. Geez I've seen none of these! This is the second time I've seen Hunt for the Wilderpeople mentioned, hadn't heard of it before but I'll definitely be checking that one out.

    Horror's just not my thing so Cabin would be a no and I'm sure it comes as no surprise I've never seen Once Upon a Forest it being animated.

    My first came to me instantly, it's beautiful to look at with a fine Powers Booth performance. The other two have much to recommend them but it's the best of the bunch I think.

    The Emerald Forest (1985)-Engineer Bill Markham is in Brazil with his wife Jean (Meg Foster) and young son Tommy (the film’s director John Boorman’s son Charlie) working on a hydroelectric dam on the edge of the rainforest. One day while the three are having a picnic near the site Tommy is taken by a forest tribe known as The Invisible People. Markham spends the next ten years searching the jungles for Tommy meeting many obstacles including the cannibalistic Fierce People along the way. Beautiful looking complex adventure based on true events.

    Sometimes a Great Notion (1970)-The Stamper family, father Henry (Henry Fonda), oldest son Hank (Paul Newman), his wife Viv (Lee Remick), younger brother Leeland and nephew Joe Ben (Michael Sarrazin & Richard Jaeckel) are independent Oregon loggers. When the local union loggers go on strike against the corporate giant that controls most of the area they urge the Stampers to join them but being struggling independents they fear they won’t survive and refuse. The tensions that run high among them and the townsfolk is mirrored within the family leading to conflict and tragedy. Based on a Ken Kesey novel this is a sometimes slow but extremely well-acted (Jaeckel is a particular standout) complicated family drama.

    The Edge (1997)-Uber rich Charles Morse (Anthony Hopkins) has gone with his model wife Mickey (Elle Macpherson) on a photo shoot to a remote mountain area along with photographer Robert Green (Alec Baldwin), who Charles suspects is involved with Mickey, and his assistant (Harold Perrineau). While Mickey stays behind the three men fly into the wilderness for nature photos but the plane crashes killing the pilot and the three men must struggle to survive not only the elements but the giant bear tracking them through the woods and ultimately each other.

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    1. You should definitely see Hunt for the Wilderpeople it's an amazing little film. The only one of you're I've seen is The Edge and it terrified me as a kid because of the bear.

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  7. I love The Hunt for the Wilderpeople and The Cabin in the Woods. Glad to see them both getting so much love this week. Haven't even heard of your other pick.

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    1. I can't imagine Once Upon A Forest will be popular today lol

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  8. I love Cabin in the Woods. Perfect combo of scary and hilarious and such a cool concept. i haven't seen The Hunt...yet that dog thing is just not something that I can look past

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    1. The dog thing is easy to skip though because you see it coming from a mile away.

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  9. Great picks! I rewatched The Cabin the Woods over the weekend. You're right, that movie is hilarious and so awesome.

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    1. I want to rewatch it again myself after talking about it. Love that movie.

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  10. That's it. I have to watch Cabin in the Woods. I totally dismissed it when it came out.

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  11. Never heard of the last film. I LOVE HFTWP!! Best film of last year! I also have a soft spot for CITW as I do love Fran Kranz.

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  12. As you know, I've only seen the first pick.. the rest are familiar picks but I haven't seen them. I do want to see the middle pick though.. maybe soon!

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    1. I think you'll love Wilderpeople, it's so sweet.

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  13. Love Cabin in the Wooos so much!! Can you advice something similar? I've only seen it and 'Resolution' (also brilliant) so far, as an alternative take on the horror genre.

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    1. Cabin in the Woods is hard to find something similiar because it blends everything so well. I'd suggest some of the films it took inspiration from. Evil Dead, Midnight Meat Train, etc.

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