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Director:
Writer:
Ian Sutherland (screenplay)
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Release Date:
August 1978 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
If you go down in the woods today, you're in for a big surprise. See more »
Plot:
Five doctors on a wilderness outing are stalked by disfigured, crazed killers. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

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Hal Holbrook ... Harry

Lawrence Dane ... Mitzi
Robin Gammell ... Martin
Ken James ... Abel
Gary Reineke ... D.J.
Murray Westgate ... Pilot
Jack Creley ... Jesse
Michael Zenon ... Matthew
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Directed by
Peter Carter 
 
Writing credits
Ian Sutherland (screenplay)

Produced by
Lee Broker .... associate producer
Lawrence Dane .... producer
Harold Greenberg .... executive producer
Ted Holliday .... co-producer
Robert A. Kanto .... executive producer (as Robert A. Kantor)
Harry H. Novak .... producer
 
Original Music by
Hagood Hardy (music composer)
 
Cinematography by
René Verzier (director of photography) (as Rene Verzier)
 
Film Editing by
George Appleby 
 
Casting by
Karen Hazzard 
 
Art Direction by
Karen Bromley 
 
Makeup Department
Carl Fullerton .... makeup artist
Carl Fullerton .... makeup effects
Shonagh Jabour .... assistant makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John M. Eckert .... first assistant director (as John Eckert)
Michael Zenon .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Jacques M. Bradette .... property master (as Jacques Bradette)
Carlo Campana .... carpenter
Hilton Rosemarin .... set dresser
Jens Thaysen .... carpenter
 
Sound Department
Suzanne DePoe .... boom operator (as Suzanne De Poe)
Douglas Ganton .... sound recordist (as Doug Ganton)
David Greene .... sound consultant
Joe Grimaldi .... sound re-recording mixer
Jim Hopkins .... sound editor
Bill Henderson .... sound re-recording engineer (uncredited)
Don White .... foley recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Doug Wardle .... special effects
 
Stunts
Terry Martin .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Denis Gingras .... first assistant cameraman
Jonathan Hackett .... key grip
James B. Kelly .... director of photography: second unit
Lloyd Leslie .... assistant cameraman: second unit
Don McElligott .... best boy
Jim McKinley .... second assistant cameraman (as James McKinlay)
Norman O'Halloran .... generator operator
Martin Segal .... still photographer
Norman Smith .... assistant grip
David Usher .... gaffer (as Dave Usher)
Cliff West .... generator operator
 
Casting Department
Marvin Paige .... casting consultant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Julie Whitfield .... wardrobe mistress (as Julie Ganton)
 
Editorial Department
Catherine Lane .... assistant editor
Iain Paterson .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Hagood Hardy .... conductor
Peter Mann .... recording engineer
 
Transportation Department
George Shelly .... transportation
 
Other crew
Brian Burke .... specialist: bees
Jill De Wolfe .... publicist
Shirley Gill .... production accountant
Shirley Gill .... production secretary
Rochelle Gross .... medical consultant (as Rochelle Gross B.A. M.D.)
Allan Hitelman .... financial consultant
Howard Lipson .... production consultant
Alfred Pariser .... production consultant
John Soroka .... continuity
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Rituals" - Canada (original title)
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Runtime:
Canada:100 min | USA:100 min | USA:89 min (cut version)
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Trivia:
The doctors entered the woods by train in an earlier draft of the script.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Towards the end of the film, when Harry's character is dragging the stretcher over rocky terrain, you can clearly see he is wearing boots. They were supposed to have had their boots stolen and had to wrap their feet in plastic tarp.See more »
Quotes:
Mitzi:What are you going to do Harry?
Harry:Kill him.
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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Is There a Doctor in the House?, 24 December 2001

Hal Holbrook and four other doctors take their yearly vacation off in the deepest woods for uninterrupted fishing and camping. Once there strange occurrences begin to happen. All their boots are stolen. A deer is slaughtered and strung up with a snake crawling down its leg like a caduces. Someone is out there and someone knows these guys are doctors. Well, differing personalities and breaking points get the better of the men. Doctors begin to die...usually through no fault but their own in the beginning. Later the few survivors are hunted and (some) killed prior to reaching the film's resolution. This film is a little diamond in the rough of bad, pointless horror films of the seventies. It has some truly inspired moments of terror. It also has some truly disturbing moments. The deer scene is one such scene, and another scene is where a head of a previous killed doc is mounted on a pole ala Macbeth to greet the surviving doctors after their sleep. The image is horrifying as is the realization that the lives of the living could have been had at any moment by the hunter. Director Peter Carter is good at keeping the pace of the film moving and tight. The editing is the biggest problem as needless cuts and cutaways seem to be all over the place. They may be cuts made for the video distribution way back on the Embassy label. What really separates this film from a mindless slasher film is the heavy use of characterization throughout the film. We just don't see nameless doctors killed, but they are real people with real problems. Each character can be described in more than just appearance. Holbrook gives a very credible performance as a man who has a strong ethical base. Lawrence Dane does a likewise job as a man with a low breaking point. All the acting was very credible. The ending of the film is somewhat slapdash and some things just dont fit perfectly, but budgetary constraints appear to have been at fault for this little Canadian production. Despite, as an earlier reviewer noted, Siskel and Ebert giving it two thumbs down, I enthusiastically recommend the film as an entertaining suspenseful horror film.

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