If Midsommar was a found-footage film…
A young couple who just met decides to go camping after a wonderful first encounter, a decision they will soon regret.
A complete surprise of a film, Crone Wood is creepy and tense for the most part, with some nice little twists and turns along the way. The last Irish “horror” I saw was a comedy, so it was nice to be completely involved in one which played for creeps straight away.
I could see one major story point coming a mile away unfortunately so it didnt come as a surprise when it happened, but when the film takes a nice little turn around halfway through, it becomes less Blair Witch and more Midsommar.
Through the first half of the film, I thought Elva Trill as Hailey and Ed Murphy as Danny did a fantastic job of making the story feel real. It felt like this was a couple who had just met and decided to go on an adventure together. My gripe with found-footage films is often that they feel so fake that you don’t invest in it, but this was one where I believed what I was seeing on screen and it helped take me into the story.
Overall, a well made very low budget film although there’s definitely certain points where you just wanna scream “put the bloody camera down and run!” but the story does actually give reasons for why they continue to film the action.
Crone Wood is available to Rent digitally now