The Village movie matched with an amazing red feast

Starring Bryce Dallas Howard, Joaquin Phoenix & Adrien Brody

Rating 9/10

– 1897 and a small village in the middle of Pennsylvania survives by appeasing scary beasts that live in the wild forest.
– They’ve built towers with oil lanterns to protect the town. They’ve also banned the colour red because, apparently it attracts the monsters. You see they’ve got an understanding with the beasts, the people don’t go into the woods and the monsters don’t go into the town…
– When a seven-year-old boy dies, a young man, Lucius (Phoenix) asks permission to go through the woods to the ‘towns’ to get medicine but his request is denied.
– His mum, Alice (Sigourney Weaver) gets upset with him for even asking.
– Secrets abound with weird dark boxes in each household, what are the elders hiding?
– Meanwhile blind but beautiful Ivy (Dallas Howard) professes her love for Lucius and he quietly but firmly shows his love back!
– But strange, weirdo Noah (Brody) secretly loves Ivy and goes to town on Lucius, stabbing him multiple times and then gets locked up.
– Ivy’s dad, Edward Walker (William Hurt) is the head honcho, the fat cat, the boss man elder and lets his beloved daughter head into the woods to go in search for medicine for her dear Lucius.
– Now this is where it gets scary. Imagine it! A blind girl going into a forest with super-freaky creatures that she CAN’T see! Eek!
– I won’t reveal the twists and turns of this part of the movie, but I’ll just say that it’s AWESOME!


Unlike the poor villagers, I’m not afraid of the colour red! So, in an act of rebellion against those frightening creatures, we’re making an all-red menu, starting with Roasted  Tomato Soup from Soup Recipes Today. Get on board!


Oh my goodness. I’m not one to watch horror movies so don’t ask me how I let myself watch this one but it’s so much more than a scary movie! It has depth, meaning, amazing characters, scenery and freaky, freaky monsters.

The village itself appears to be a safe haven but it’s kinda fake. They’re not really safe, especially from each other. All the elders have a secret you’ll never guess. Yep, this movie is chock full of twists that you won’t see coming. Of course, it’s a M. Night Shyamalan film, so you shouldn’t be surprised.

Shyamalan has written a smart script with deep characters, brought to life by a brilliant cast. I loved Phoenix, Dallas Howard and Brody, especially. William Hurt’s performance was amazing and Sigourney was pretty good too!

Combine a smart, scary storyline with depth, emotion, murder love and a beautiful setting and you’ve almost got this movie. It’s so much more. If you’re like me and freak out at scary movies, this one is worth watching through your fingers. Just close your eyes in the tense scenes and ride it out. It’s so worth it! You won’t regret it.

Main meal:

I can imagine those hungry villagers tucking into a steaming bowl of this next dish! And it’s red too. Win-win! Here it is… Spicy Chorizo, Red Capsicum, Tomato and Mixed Bean Stew from What Katie Ate.

The Village trivia:

  • Budget – $60 million
  • Phoenix made Ivy’s walking stick, engraving her name in it.
  • The whole cast had to go through a 19th Century training course to get them ready for the shoot.
  • The set took 11 weeks to build with around 300 people involved.
  • Kirsten Dunst was supposed to play Ivy but had already committed to another film. So glad. Bryce was amazing!
  • Oh and Ashton Kutcher was booked to play Noah but dropped out (I’m cheering now!) Brody is such an incredible actor, so much better than Kutcher!
  • ‘Wuthering Heights’ and ‘King Kong’ inspired this movie.
  • You can see M Night Shyamalan in one particular scene but I won’t spoil it for you!


So many delicious red desserts to choose from… but this time I’ve embraced the dear old cherry with this yummy Double Chocolate Sour Cherry Cheesecake from The Kindled Kitchen.

What’s your fave scary movie or are you a chicken like me?

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