Although the overall film is decidedly decent, it's easy to see why it didn't get a theatrical release. The story has been done many times before, and much better (it's impossible to miss the resemblance to SUSPIRIA, which THE WOODS feels like a slight homage to). Not only that, but it's very slow paced. The first half hour has some very solid build-up, but after that, it's just the same shit happening time and time again. The payoff is also weak. Aside from about ten seconds of Bruce Campbell (who has a very brief and minor part) being a badass, the ending delivers exactly what you would've guessed twenty minutes prior. Harumph.
Also, horror fans should note just how not scary this movie is. The suspense throughout is literally nonexistent. That's not to say certain "horror" parts of the film don't garner some interest - they do - it's just not frightening. Fortunately though, when it comes to style and visual flair, that's where the movie pays off its dues (the balancing trick with the broken radio looked awesome!). I gotta admit, even though Lucky McKee hasn't exactly impressed me with his storytelling abilities, he certainly knows what he's doing on the technical side of things (A-plus work with the music, cinematography, editing, etc.). If you liked his work on MAY, then THE WOODS should impress just the same, even if the flat story doesn't.