Valladares’ English-language HIDDEN IN THE WOODS gets William Forsythe and a new teaser poster


After being acquired after its World Premiere at last summer’s Fantasia Film Festival as part of its new Frontieres Co-Production Market, Chilean filmmaker Patricio Valladares’ Biehn/Blanc-produced English-language remake of his polarizing blood-soaked crime thriller HIDDEN IN THE WOODS has just tapped cult staple William Forsythe (THE DEVIL’S REJECTS) to play its crazy Uncle Costello. Thanks to Dread Central for a heads up on the official press release below:

Award-winning actor Michael Biehn (The Terminator, Aliens), under his Blanc Biehn Productions shingle, announced today pre-production and casting for the company’s latest project, the remake of the controversial film Hidden in the Woods (A Las Afueras de la Ciudad). Additionally, the company has signed a North American sales agreement with Tiffany Boyle of Ramo PC to represent their film,Treachery, which is currently in post-production.

Blanc Biehn Productions has locked in William Forsythe (The Rock, “Boardwalk Empire”) to play Uncle Costello in the remake of Hidden in the Woods. Also joining the cast will be MMA fighter Krxysztof Soszynski who recently worked with Michael Biehn on the MMA film Tapped. Biehn will also star in the film.

“I have never seen such a violent film that didn’t feel gratuitous and exploitive,” commented Biehn. “Patricio Valledares did an incredible job to combat that with his original film and we’re excited to announce that he is on-board to direct the English remake.”

At present, Hidden in the Woods cast includes Biehn, Forsythe and Soszynski as well as Jeannine Kaspar (Iron Man, “House of Lies,” “Nip/Tuck”), Electra Avelan (Grindhouse, Machete Kills) Mark Burnham (Quentin Dupieuxs, Wrong and Wrong Cops), Jennifer Blanc (The Victim, Wrong Cops) and Richard Gunn (“Granite Flats,” “Dark Angel”). ) caitlin Keats(broken. English, kill bil 2, treachery) , Matthew alan(red tails, sons of anarchy) ,J. Michael Trautmann( Here Comes the Boom, Shameless), Evie Louise Thompson( the call, Heebie Jeebies), nick Bateman( from jadon eisners’ Hobo With A Shotgun), Cody Hackman (tapped), Luke Massy(Thor), Shooting is set to begin in early June in Texas. Patricio Valledares will direct. Jennifer Blanc- Biehn will produce along with Loris Courci, Evelyn Belmar, Time Lock Films and Valle Studio Films. The film will be in pre-sales at Cannes this May with international sales being handled by Dimitri Stephanides of WTF.

“We feel this story needs to be told,” commented Jennifer Blanc-Biehn producer ofHidden in the Woods. “It’s based on a true criminal case. Three out of every four women are abused throughout the world so we hope to be able to not only tell a story but also donate some of the proceeds to a few women’s charities to stop the violence.” First look”Poster art teaser by DOG & PONY. DOG & PONY is an award-winning graphic design agency specializing in key art. They create strategic advertising and marketing deliverables for entertainment, film, and brand clients.”

Treachery was shot last year in Los Angeles and stars Biehn, Gunn and Jennifer Blanc-Biehn. The film also features Matthew Ziff (Hardflip), Sarah Butler (I Spit on Your Grave), Caitlin Keats (Kill Bill: Vol. 2) and Chris Meyer (Kiss of the Damned). The film was written and directed by Travis Romero, and produced by Blanc-Biehn Productions, Michael Biehn, Jennifer Blanc-Biehn, Ryan Azevedo, Kate Rees Davies, Tony DeBenedetto, Natalie Ford and Paul Foley.

Hidden in the Woods tells the story of two sisters who have been raised in isolation, subjected to the torment of their abusive, drug dealing father. When they finally decide to report him to the police, he kills the two officers and is put in jail. But things go from bad to worse when the girls must answer to their Uncle Costello, a psychotic drug kingpin, who shows up looking for his missing merchandise which is hidden in the woods.

Stay tuned for Michael Gingold’s interview with Patricio Valladares, director of both versions of HIDDEN IN THE WOODS, with comments from Michael Biehn on the remake, coming in Fango #323, on sale next month! See below for the film’s latest teaser poster, as well as a clip of MY personal favourite William Forsythe performance:


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Kier-La Janisse
Kier-La Janisse is a writer and film programmer based in Montreal, Canada. She is the Founding Director of The Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies and a film programmer for Fantastic Fest, POP Montreal and SF Indie. She has been a programmer for the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Austin, founded the CineMuerte Horror Film Festival in Vancouver and co-founded Montreal's Blue Sunshine Psychotronic Film Centre. She is the author of A Violent Professional: The Films of Luciano Rossi (FAB Press, 2007) and House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films (FAB Press, 2012).
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