South and Latin America has become a bit of a hotbed of horror over recent times – as anyone who has taken in the likes of Cold Sweat or We Are What We Are will testify. 

Adding his name to that burgeoning list of genre directors is Chile’s Patricio Valladares, who brings his demented Hidden In The Woods to this year’s Frightfest.

Inspired by true events, the flick is the tale of two sisters who are raised in isolation by their drug-dealing father.

After he decides to chainsaw a couple of police officers to death, the father is jailed, without giving away the location of his remaining stash.

Soon there are dealers, violent henchman and chancers abounds as they all head deep into the woods to find the drugs.

Chances are the two sisters might have something to say about that though……

According to the Frightfest promo blurb, Hidden In The Woods is ‘deranged frenzy’, and if that is not a sales pitch then I don’t know what is.


Hidden In The Woods screens at Frightfest on Friday, August 24.

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Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written three books - on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014), the history of the character Norman Bates (2015) and the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker (2017). He is currently working with director Richard Loncraine to explore all avenues in a bid to orchestrate the re-release of 1978 Mia Farrow chiller Full Circle