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24 Things We Learned from the Don’t Go in the Woods Commentary

9 March 2015 8:53 AM, PDT | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

The ’80s were a special time for horror films, specifically slashers, as filmmakers with or without talent rushed to capitalize on the success of films like Halloween and Friday the 13th. Of course, for every The Burning horror fans also got a dozen low-rent duds. One such example that leans closer to the latter is 1981’s Don’t Go in the Woods. Devoid of pesky details like character or narrative, the film is entertainingly terrible. Specialty label Vinegar Syndrome is releasing the film to Blu-ray this week with an impressive-looking 2K restoration and a solid selection of special features. Included among them are three commentary tracks — one with the film’s director, one with the director and members of the cast/crew, one with members of The Hysteria Continues! podcast. Keep reading to see what I heard on the Hysteria Continues commentary track for Don’t Go in the Woods. Don »

- Rob Hunter

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‘Don’t Go In the Woods’ Blu-ray Review (88 Films)

24 February 2015 6:03 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Jack McClelland, Mary Gail Artz, James P. Hayden, Angie Brown, Ken Carter, David Barth, Larry Roupe, Amy Martell, Tom Drury, Laura Trefts, Alma Ramos, Carolyn Braza, Frank Millen, McCormick Dalten, McCormick Dalten, Cecilia Fannon | Written by Garth Eliassen | Directed by James Bryan

Sometimes horror films rely one one thing…and that is gore, but there are certain criteria that must be met to make it more than just another forgettable b-movie.  There has to be a setting, a storyline and some kind of reason that at least keep the movie coherent for the fans.  This is why Don’t Go In the Woods fails for me.

The fact that the movie was placed on the “Video Nasty” list in the UK is enough to catch my interest, but now in our more enlightened times when we get to see it uncut I can’t help but understand why the »

- Paul Metcalf

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