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Probably 80s Horror: Ritual & Woods

I’ve been looking for these two things for awhile and I’m not having any luck. I’m not sure if it’s two films that I saw in a row, or two parts of the same film. Both are in color and in English. I saw them on television in the mid 2000s, but I think they are from the 80s (I might be a bit off, though).

1) There is a ritual taking place at night that involves some kind of figure/idol/statue (like a clay idol?). I think there is a tribe of people doing this. There’s a woman with dark hair involved, though I don’t think she wants to be. The idol goes inside of a wooden box and floats down a river, and the camera follows it. I remember it as having some kind of magic involved and something being sealed inside the figure. I keep thinking that this was backstory and took place earlier than the rest of the film, and the figure had something to do with bad things happening in the present.

2) This one has been super hard to look for, because it’s so common: a story about young people (campers? staying in a cabin?) being chased/hunted in the woods.

Details I remember:

– All of the scenes with people being hunted take place in daylight.

– One of the main characters is a girl with blonde or light brown hair in a pink shirt.

– There is a scene involving a hollow log. I’m not sure if someone hides in it, or finds something in it, or is just looking through it. Near or during this scene, a male character is killed. I think he is found by the blonde girl.

– It seemed like there were a lot of scenes of the people (who were separated from each other) hiding from whatever was after them.

– There is a scene that shows clothes hanging on a line in the woods.

– It does not involve zombies or cannibals (these keep coming up when I search).

– Although I’m not completely certain, I strongly feel that it was a supernatural thing after the people, not a human.

When I first started looking for these, I was very certain they were the same film, and the figure had something to do with whatever was hunting the campers, but I can’t find anything like that and now I’m not so sure. Any suggestions for either of these things would be appreciated, even if the details are off, because I might have mixed things up. Thank you!!

A lady controlling people?

This is a difficult one because I haven’t actually seen it; someone described it to me and I really wanted to see it, but he can’t remember what it is.

The main character (I think a woman) moves in to a place, and befriends a lady who also lives in the building and seems very innocent. She invites the main character to come over for something a bit odd, I want to say something involving dolls or a made up fantasy?? And then I’m missing a huge part of plot in the middle, and at the end it turns out the lady is actually controlling other people in the building, and sets up a fake rape (of herself), so that the main character believes she was raped. I don’t know if there is anything supernatural or if she is just manipulating people to control them. I know it’s a long shot–I don’t even know when it was made or what language–but I’ve tried every search I can think of and I’m out of ideas. Does anyone know what this is?

Horror movie / a lady’s hair moves?

So, I caught part of a horror movie on television years ago and have been trying to find out what it was ever since, but unfortunately I don’t have much to go on. The only scene I remember is of a woman with dark hair sitting in front of a mirror, and she saw her hair move by itself in a really noticeable way–I think there was a ghost? I’m also pretty certain (but not 100%) the room she was in was rather red, I’m not sure if it was the lighting or the actual room. I don’t know when the movie was made but I saw it more than 5 years ago. Is this scene familiar to anyone?

By the water; wooden box?

I saw this movie sometime around 2004 (approximately) and have been trying to figure out what it is for years. I’m fuzzy on details, but this is what I remember: There was a murder or murder accusation, and the story was mainly about a husband and wife. It took place in a house near a dock. There is some kind of mystery and there is a scene involving a wooden box that was important–I think either a character found a key that unlocked a wooden box, or found a wooden box with a key inside? I believe I saw it on television. It was in English, in color. I’m not sure when it was made, but it was definitely not that old when I saw it. Does anyone know what this might be?