In “Mama,” opening Friday, a couple has to raise young nieces who had been living alone in a forest for five years. There are benefits to fresh air, but more often in movies, the woods are just a really good place to go evil/crazy/dead.
Jodie Foster plays a woman raised by her mother in an essentially solitary cabin in the woods. When her mother dies, Liam Neeson comes to her aid (and, strangely for Liam Neeson, he does it with minimal ass-kicking).
What do you do when Nazis come to town? “Leave town” is the answer for Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber and about 1,000 other Jews who flee to the Belarusian forests.
“Cold Mountain” (2003)
Stars Jude Law and Nicole Kidman do live near civilization, but Law spends most of the movie walking across big piles of Appalachian nothing, running into cabin-dwelling Natalie Portman along the way.
“The Village” (2004)
Written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan (OR WAS IT?), this film is about creatures in the woods (OR IS IT?) and features a twist (OR DOES IT?).
Though it’s mostly a pop-culture joke now (“de nee nee nee nee nee neener nee” go the terrifying banjos), this thriller is enough to stop you from canoeing. Or camping. Or talking to people. Forever.