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Dont Go in the WoodsAlone! (1982) (DVD Review) Directed By: James Bryan Starring: Jack McClelland, Mary Gail Artz, James P. Hayden Rated: R/Region: 1:33/Number of disc: 1 Available from Code Red Four campers meet a sadistic killer in the woods. The police start investigating what is going on in the woods when missing persons reports start coming in. Will the four campers survive their excursion into the woods or will they all suffer the fate… »
The TV movie remains in relative decline, which makes a weekend in which two high-profile versions with big-name stars and overt messages playing directly opposite each other especially noteworthy. It’s also instructive, in a compare-and-contrast sort of way, to consider why “Mary and Martha” — a moving return to intimate form for HBO — represents an emotionally stirring triumph, while Lifetime’s “Call Me Crazy: A Five Film” feels like an empty gimmick, an all-star marketing hook/public-service campaign in search of a movie.
After a stretch in which HBO has relied almost exclusively on attention-getting fact-based films like “Game Change” and “Phil Spector,” “Mary and Martha” harks back to when the service was content to tell great little stories — often with an agenda — that might not have been commercial enough to find a home elsewhere. And if one’s first thought is the 2005 gem “The Girl in the Cafe,” it »
- Brian Lowry
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