In Theaters

Rootwood - Movie Review

  • Movie Review

  • Blu-ray Review

  • Film Details

  • Art


Something is seriously off with the forest at the center of this horror flick.  Enter here if you dare. You won’t be the same IF you escape the deep shadows and tall, tall trees here.

"Similar to The Blair Witch in its vibe, this forest-bound horror flick mixes traditional film structures with found footage to deliver a campfire fright worth visiting"


Thick with mysterious shadows and screams that will chill you to the core, Rootwood’s particular brand of twisting horror will have you running for the light switch.  Filled with randomly found nooses, a makeshift memorial site with the names of missing teenagers, creepy faces on walls, and the feeling that you are constantly being watched follows those who dare enter the forests of Rootwood.  Will you be one of them?

From acclaimed director Marcel Walz (Blood Feast) and featuring scream queens Elissa Dowling and Felissa Rose, Rootwood digs deep into the ground to deliver a new kind of killer.  The Wooden Devil is over 6-feet tall. His nails are tangled and unforgettable and he wears a crown made from gnarled tree branches and mud. You might not hear him approach you, but you will never forget seeing his massive silhouette standing against the cold, dead night.  {googleads}

With suspense hanging like fog in the dense morning, Rootwood - a film about the making of a failed documentary - sticks with you.  Jess can’t sleep anymore. Erin has ditched the gang to wander the forest alone, and Will refuses to give up on documenting The Wooden Devil.  Their fates, like the roots they keep stumbling over, are intertwined, though, and not in a good way.

Written by Mario von Czapiewski, Rootwood tells the story of two hosts of a podcast about the paranormal who are given the opportunity of a lifetime: make a movie about what they love so much.  This documentary, assembled and backed by a snooty Hollywood film producer, is to be shot inside Rootwood Forest as they track down a little known urban frightmare known as The Wooden Devil. Can they film this monster?  What about his victims? Can they locate them?  

Aided by their friend, this trio takes on Hollywood’s offer, smelling their chance of fortune and fame.  Unfortunately (and as expected), things go sideways rather quickly as their journey into the forest reveals some interesting and macabre discoveries.Rootwood

Similar to The Blair Witch in its vibe, this forest-bound horror flick mixes traditional film structures with found footage to deliver a campfire fright worth visiting, especially for its build-up of suspense and its engaging ending, which goes just far enough to deliver two violent whammies.

Starring Tyler Gallant (Alpha Wolf), Elissa Dowling (Death House), Sarah French (The Amityville Murders), Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp), Tiffani Fest (Circus of the Dead) and Brandon Rhea (Fearless), Rootwood arrives from High Octane Pictures on DVD and Digital April 7.

3/5 stars



Blu-ray Details:

Home Video Distributor:
Available on Blu-ray

Screen Formats:

Region Encoding:



MPAA Rating: Unrated.
83 mins
: Marcel Walz
Mario von Czapiewski
Tyler Gallant, Elissa Dowling, Sarah French
: Horror
Welcome to the darkest place on earth.
Memorable Movie Quote: "Welcome to the Spooky Hour"
High Octane Pictures
Official Site:
Release Date:
April 7, 2020
DVD/Blu-ray Release Date:
April 7, 2020.
Synopsis: ROOTWOOD follows two students who host 'The Spooky Hour', a podcast about paranormal phenomena and urban legends. When they are hired by a Hollywood film producer to shoot a horror documentary about the curse of The Wooden Devil, they smell their chance to become famous. Together, with their friend, they enter Rootwood Forest and investigate the area to find out the truth about The Wooden Devil and his victims.



Movie Reviews

Our Tweets


You are here: Home In Theaters / VOD Rootwood - Movie Review
Follow us on Twitter
Like us on Facebook
Find us on Rotten Tomatoes