Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight has been one of the films that garnered attention during quarantine––and rightfully so. If not for the lockdown, however, the sophomore film from Bartosz M. Kowalski may have never been considered a hidden gem in Netflix’s libraries. Fortunately, the traction between the film and the fans has been phenomenal.
Originally, it was supposed to open theatrically on the 13th of March, a Friday––making it one of the many spooky films that would have released on a Friday the 13th. However, despite its positive reviews moving up to its release, it was instead released on the streaming giant exclusively for Poland a week later.. After a couple of days, it’s moved up to the three most-watched films in the country. Poland has been home to a few of various streaming platforms’ hidden gems including HBO Europe’s The Thaw.
Nobody knows if that served as a lucky break, but in a platform where a similar genre exists and has even flourished, with the likes of Stranger Things, no wonder Kowalski’s piece thrived in the platform––possibly even wronging those who looked down on the country’s other horror flicks.
Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight, despite its nag on the horror genre, is not a project you might think a horror flick would be like. It’s a generous mix of some classic favorites such as The Goonies, The Terminator, and even He-Man movies. The way these horror flicks were perceived in a more colorful way than a dark thriller––those were what the 80s and 90s were all about.
Alongside Kowalski for Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight were producers Jan Kwieciński and Mirella Zaradkiewicz who, all three, were designated for making the script. The story revolves around the happenings of the 90s, when a postman knocks on a door twice in the woods and an evil force comes across him. Come back to the present and a group of teenagers were sentenced to an offline camp with no devices, technology, and all that shimmy. This group of teenagers will be encountering creatures––all in the forms of deformed monsters.
The cast of Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight includes Sebastian Dyla as Jock Daniel, Stanisław Cywka as Bartek, Wiktoria Gąsiewska as Aniela, Michał Lupa as Julek, and Julia Wieniawa as the female lead, Zosia. As one may assume from a horror film, the story involves––spoiler alert––killing off the characters one by one. So as to band-aid the problem, Kowalski adds some more character in Piotr Cywrus as a priest, Olaf Lubaszenko as a cop, and Gabriel Muskała as a perky team leader.
Questions may arise while watching the film, however. Some logic of the film will leave people scratching their heads––like why do these deformed monsters even kill? Is it because the characters serve as their dinners, or do they kill for catharsis? There have also been a couple of nods to the current affairs in Poland such as ill-mannered priests and neo-Nazis found in the woods. Surely, Polish watchers had a brow up while watching the show––but overall, Nobody Sleeps in the Woods Tonight is a must-watch if you’re wanting to watch a different take on the horror genre. If you’re just getting ready for Halloween, here’s our list of the best horror movies available on Netflix!