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Wither is a Swedish horror film centering around a group of teens arriving in a cabin in the woods which unfortunately is inhabited by a really pissed Vættr/Wither.

The group are aided by a mysterious hunter who has a history with the Withers, as they all try to survive the night.

Wither provides examples of:

  • Animate Dead: While the Wither herself is a demon/earth spirit, her victims and the people killed by them are reanimated corpses possesed by her power.
  • Body Horror: Possesion by a Wither causes this.
  • Cell Phones Are Useless: Surprisingly averted for this kind of film. The police are called as soon as things start to go wrong (although they don't get there in time), and the final survivors track the whereabouts of one of the formerly human Withers by calling its cell phone and listening for the nearby ring.
  • Not a Zombie: Subverted. The master Wither is not a zombie, but her victims are.
  • Not Using the "Z" Word: The Withers are refered to by their former names, while they were alive. No one calls them zombies or Withers. Only the master Wither is refered to as a Wither, and that is in the closing credits.
  • Our Demons Are Different: The Vættr/Wither is an earth spirit living underground. She does not actually attack people, rather she steals their souls by looking into their eyes and that way takes them over.
  • Police Are Useless: The police are called, but for some reason need someone from the house to come down and meet them before they will approach it. The couple who set out to do so don't make it.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Albin breaks his left arm and fights no fewer than 4 Withers in a row throughout the last 15 minutes with bone sticking out of his left arm.
  • Removing the Head or Destroying the Brain: Only total decapitation or completely obliterating the brain will do. A Wither who has simply had its brain punctured or partially destroyed will keep coming.
  • Rise from Your Grave: A girl about to turn into a Wither is buried alive. It returns later.