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The Backwoods


Directed by Jeremy Haft

Written by Jeffrey Reddick

Starring : Jenna Dewan-Tatutm, Katie Stuart and Chad Faust

Tamara is a girl who does not quite fit in. She is constantly picked on and when a couple of friends play a joke on her, it leads to her death. The friends bury her and try to make it seem that Tamara ran away. But all is not forgotten. Tamara reutrns as a sexy seductress and plans her revenge.

Review :This film gives me the chance to voice one of my pet peeves with Hollywood. We are meant to accept that Tamara was an ugly, lonely girl and that the combing of her hair and addition of a push-up bra makes her into a sex bomb. If you want a girl to look ugly and undergo some magical transformation then use an ugly actress. That said this film is as enjoyable as it is unoriginal. I can come up with a huge list of films that have covered this ground before, starting with Carrie, and more recently I Know What You Did Last Summer and The Craft. You could even argue that the sex element is ripped from I Spit On Your Grave.

Don't expect much tension in the script but its well written and has a decent pace. Jenna Dewan does a great job of getting you to feel sorry for her at the beginning of the film and is incredible when she returns as an evil, sexy tormentor. That can't be said for all members of the cast, some of the performances and scenes could be tighter. The film follows closely in the footsteps of De Palma's Carrie but lacks its insight and relentless rage, this is perhaps its weakness. In the early part of the film you identify strongly with Tamara but, unlike in Carrie, her transfromation detracts from her character and she becomes nothing more than a serial-killing bimbo with a few amusing one-liners. Where Carrie adopted a more serious, gritty tone this film becomes unashamedly low brow.

The set pieces are what make this film and the film may be a lot gorier than many people expect, that said I felt that, with the strong underlying sexuality, this film often didn't go far enough with the gore or the sex. Tamara doesn't just become a slasher style killer, she uses her evil powers of persuasion to take revenge on her victims too. The directing was good and is not too fast or dark that you lose track of what is going on. The finale is irrational and the film seems to lose momentum, becoming a standard teen horror. The dialogue is funny and some sections of the film are innovative, however the film is quite often let down by a lack of cohesion and inconsistency in the script. The film comes across as too quirky for casual fans of the genre but lacks the gore and sex necessary for hardcore fans. If you look beyond the messy mix of sub-genres this film is a cut above the usual teen horror.

In Short :Compared to a lot of the clichéd, over-the-top-gore out there, Tamara is sexy and scary and, although its by no means the best movie, its certainly a good film.


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