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The Final Terror (1983)

R | | Horror | 1 May 1983 (USA)
A group of forest rangers go camping in the woods, and trespass into an area where a backwoods mama likes to kill people who come onto her turf.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Friedrich ...
Dennis Zorich
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Marco Cerone
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Nathaniel Hines
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Boone
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Margaret
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Windy Morgan
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Vanessa
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Eggar
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Mike
Cindy Harrell ...
Melanie
Irene Sanders ...
Sammie
Richard Jacobs ...
Mr. Morgan
Donna Pinder ...
Mrs. Morgan
Jim Youngs ...
Jim
Lori Butler ...
Lori (as Lori Lee Butler)
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A group of forest rangers go camping in the woods, and trespass into an area where a backwoods mama likes to kill people who come onto her turf. Written by Humberto Amador

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The wilderness filming locations offered few sources for lighting. This is why much of the film's night scenes are quite dark and difficult to see. In fact, the bus attack scene had to be shot day-for-night, so the bus could be visible on film. See more »

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When the bus is seen on the bridge alone, you can tell it is daylight, when it is supposed to be dark. See more »

Quotes

Dennis Zorich: If you people want to survive, you better start looking and thinking like the forest.
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Featured in The First Terror with Adrian Zmed & Lewis Smith (2014) See more »

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Another killer-in-the-woods slasher?!?! But, this one's got Darryl Hannah!
13 May 2003 | by (Vancouver) – See all my reviews

(**1/2 out of *****)

Produced by Samuel Arkoff, this is one of those low-budget (albeit tolerably directed) jobs with several different titles ("The Campsite Murders" and "Forest Primeval" to name a couple) and two or three different release dates between 1980 and 1985 (I split the difference and went with ‘83, although the original release date is most likely ‘81, for those who care.) It's of interest mainly for featuring Darryl Hannah and Rachel Ward (not to mention Joe Pantoliano, from "Memento" and "The Sopranos") in early roles. The gals play the girlfriends of forest rangers out on a work detail in the woods who run across an unseen, homicidal maniac. There's a refreshingly low body count, but, given the number of potential victims who have little else to do but run around and whine, maybe the cast should have been reduced by two or three actors. Other than a couple of minor shocks here and there, there's also a lack of action and suspense. Come to think of it -- no gratuitous nudity, no excessive violence -- who exactly was this movie made for? The last third, with the survivors paddling down river in a big raft, starts to resemble a tame "Deliverance" (as well as other forest/slasher movies too numerous to name). There are pretty good killer-in-the-woods flicks ("Just Before Dawn") and there are really bad killer-in-the-woods flicks ("Berserker"), and this one sits somewhere just south of the border. Davis went on to direct big-budget action movies (including "Under Siege" and Harrison Ford's "The Fugitive").

HIGHLIGHT: I'm being generous to go with a highlight for this one, but I kinda liked the part where the killer was hit with a giant, swinging log studded with sharp spikes. It reminded me of a Road Runner cartoon.


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