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The Forest (1982)

 -  Horror  -  1982 (USA)
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A cannibal hermit living in the woods preys on campers and hikers for his food supply.

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Cast overview:
Dean Russell ...
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John (as Michael Brody)
Tomi Barrett ...
Sharon (as Elaine Warner)
John Batis ...
Charlie
Ann Wilkinson ...
Teddi
Jeanette Kelly ...
Mother
Corky Pigeon ...
John Jr.
Becki Burke ...
Jennifer
Tony Gee ...
Plumber
Stafford Morgan ...
Man
Marilyn Anderson ...
Woman
Jean Clark ...
Mechanic (as J.L. Clark)
Don Jones ...
Forest Ranger
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Two campers Sharon and Teddy are terrorized in the deep dark woods of the California wilderness by a cannibalistic knife-wielding madman. Teddy is killed but Sharon manages to escape. That same night their boyfriends, Steve and Charlie, take refuge in an old cave to protect themselves from the storm. There they meet the killer an old man wearing a beat up old baseball cap named John. He tells them the story of how he walked in on his unfaithful wife and her lover. He killed them both, and gathered his two children and ran off into the forest. Unfortunately, his kids got sick and they commited suicide. Since then, he has developed a taste for human flesh and will kill anybody who trespasses on his territory. The next morning, Charlie is drowned and prepared for the killer's breakfast. He then goes looking for Sharon, who has, unbeknownst to him, teamed up with the ghosts of his two dead children. The maniac chases Sharon but just as he's about to kill her his ghost kids save her. He ... Written by blc

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forest | children | ghost | camping | cannibal | See more »

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If you go down to the woods today - you might never get out alive! See more »

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In addition to playing the forest ranger, Donald M. Jones plays Officer Ed Geza, who gives the traffic report on the radio. See more »

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Woman: [Man gets stabbed and makes painful, groaning sound] What? Did you say something honey?
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References The Hills Have Eyes (1977) See more »

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I'm Comin' On Strong
Lyrics by Nancy Hayden
Music by Richard Hieronymus
Performed by Tami Stevens
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Standard Slasher Fare, a Few New Twists--But Nothing You Haven't Seen Before
17 April 2000 | by (New Jersey) – See all my reviews

I have been wanting to see this for a while (don't ask me why!) and was happy to have finally found it so I could see what I was missing. (If anything.)

Two couples are planning camping trips, the wives planning one together, and the husbands one together. (Odd marraiges, I see.)Earlier, we see another couple on a hike, and after the husband is killed, the wife is chased around for a bit and killed off as well. (Evidently, someone's out there, killing--as if we didn't figure that out already). Anyhow, the couples plan to meet up that night after the hike starts. But, as figured, someone is out there. Sharon and Teddie, the wives, are plagued by specters of some sort, until Teddie is killed, and Sharon is sent running. Then the husbands (whose names I forgot) meet up with someone in a cave, hoping to escape the rain, and they are offered some meat cooking over the fire. (Take a wild guess at what--or rather, who--it is) The man tells them a story about himself and his wife, and their children (which pretty much explains the ghosts) and soon the men are plagued by terror. Things go on as expected from there, as Sharon fights to survive in the woods, and whoever surviving man searches for her and Teddie, until the it's-been-done-before climax.

Not a terrible movie. The music is absolutely awful, and the acting is nothing to rave about, but it's still an okay film. A couple of good chase scenes, but the first one of Daddy going after Sharon after he kills Teddie was just too dark! I couldn't see a thing. Now, maybe it was my TV (I later had to fix the brightening on it) but I don't know, it was still pretty dark. I preferred the day scenes. There were a couple of mild scares, but in the end, this is just another slasher with a few new twists. But if you find it anywhere, check it out. It's entertaining, at best.


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