The video box misleadingly presents IN THE DEEP WOODS as an erotic thriller, when in fact this 1995 video release is actually a tepid 1992 made-for-TV film, with no sex, violence, or substance.
At the start of the film, a number of women have been found dead. Joanna Warren (Rosanna Arquette), a children's author, knows one of the victims, and becomes involved with the police's search for the killer. She is approached by nervous, mysterious private detective Paul Miller (Anthony Perkins),
who claims his daughter was one of the victims. Miller suggests to Joanna that her brother Tommy (Chris Rydell) is a suspect in the crime and that he won't stop murdering unless Joanna convinces him to confess. Miller's creepy manner, seeming dishonesty, and penchant for showing up in unexpected
places frighten Joanna. She stands by her brother, even though the evidence begins to mount against him. When one of Joanna's friends is killed, Joanna finds evidence that Tommy is guilty. She confronts him, and he confesses. When Joanna and Tommy were children, their father was killed in a boat
accident that left Tommy unharmed. From then on, their mother always treated Joanna better than him. The murders were a misguided attempt to get back at Joanna. After confessing, Tommy tries to escape, but is killed.
IN THE DEEP WOODS is a lame psychological thriller. The cinematography is unimaginative and repetitive. The first shot of Miller, mysteriously watching the action from afar, establishes him as someone not to be trusted. Unfortunately, director Charles Correll feels the necessity to repeat the shot
every five minutes, until Miller's hackneyed trench coat and stare become laughable. Similarly, during each killing, the camera cuts to the same static shot of the woods as we hear the victim's screams. Full of plot holes, contrivances, and stupid dialogue, the writing is equally desperate. In one
scene, a police officer follows Joanna down a dark street and scares her, only to tell her he was concerned for her safety. The scene's sole purpose, to establish him as a suspect, is never followed up. When Tommy is finally proven to be the actual killer, we discover that his pattern of killing
was based upon childhood nursery rhymes, yet it's never explained how that relates to his hatred of women in general and of Joanna in particular. The acting is perfunctory, suggesting that the performers know they're in a turkey and just want to get it over with. Rosanna Arquette is particularly
indifferent, though she does show off an amazing collection of sunglasses.(Violence, adult situations.)
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- Released: 1992
- Rating: NR
- Review: The video box misleadingly presents IN THE DEEP WOODS as an erotic thriller, when in fact this 1995 video release is actually a tepid 1992 made-for-TV film, with no sex, violence, or substance. At the start of the film, a number of women have been found d… (more)