On the very day that archaeology student Chloé begins her
university course on Celtic history she senses she is entering a
strange and dangerous world. After witnessing a brutal killing,
she becomes convinced that supernatural powers are at work, emanating
from the forest of Brocéliande, the site of ancient legends...
Initially, you'd be forgiven for thinking that this film is a cheeky
parody of the kind of mystery slasher thriller that was all the rage in
the late '70s, early '80s. It certainly has all the right
ingredients - hapless Scooby Doo-style teenagers being tormented
by a nameless grisly horror with a penchant for visceral murder.
Unfortunately, five minutes or so into the film you suddenly realise
this isn't the case. It's actually supposed
to be a serious
attempt at mystery slasher
thriller - but made with an almost total lack of talent and imagination.
In fact, it's all done so badly - so unimaginably badly that
it looks like a high school drama project gone horribly wrong - that
you just have to keep laughing (if only to quell that urge to rip out
your own intestines).
The juvenile plot and inept acting are bad enough, but these are minor
faults compared with the unbelievably awful direction, which leaves
absolutely no cliché unturned in an attempt to fashion the most
painfully ridiculous display of histrionic absurdity you will ever see
in your life (outside the Jerry Springer Show). Does it help to know that the director is
Doug Headline, son of the acclaimed French crime thriller writer
Jean-Patrick Manchette? No, not really. I think I've just lost the will to live.
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