Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror on Shudder

Shudder does not only bring horror films but also documentaries which will educate at the same time they entertain. One is Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: A History of Folk Horror, a documentary that features clips from over 200 films along with interviews with over 50 filmmakers, authors and scholars of the horror genre. What this impressive amount of research/information attempts is to enlighten viewers on the background and history of folk horror films. Where the genre came out of it and what it uses as material for its films.

The entire history of folk horror films is revealed here as well as where it is looking to go in the future. So comprehensive that if you are a fan then this is an essential watch.Will make you even more of a fan of the genre than you were before.

All cultures and peoples across the globe have their own myths and stories. Myths and stories that help explain the mysterious or inexplicable. Folk horror brings those stories to life. Give them a look or face. Spiritual existence has always attracted our attention and curiousity.

Beginning in the 1970s on British television, folk horror became more and more popular. This rise coincided with a rise in interest in paganism. It also appeared in American, Asian, Australian, and European films. It has also made its way onto the stage. Then like most things, it sort of fell out of fashion only to see it come back into vogue over the last decade or so.

At right around three hours long this documentary is long, but rather than being drawn out it is interesting and chock full of information.

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