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The Forest (1982)

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

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

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Shot in thirteen days. See more »

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When Charlie is sitting by the fire sharpening his knife, someone is hiding in the shadows throwing something when he looks around. 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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Referenced in Video Nasties: Moral Panic, Censorship & Videotape (2010) See more »

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The Dark Side of The Forest
Lyrics by Stan Fidel
Music by Richard Hieronymus
Performed by David Somerville
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Slightly Underrated Different Type of Slasher Film
27 May 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I've been collecting 80's slasher films recently and I got my hand on a copy of the Code Red DVD release of The Forest, a little known and not very liked 80's supernatural slasher film. The Forest is pretty interesting for your typical slasher fare, it revolves around a group of hikers, adults mind you are hunted by a cannibal hermit in the woods who is haunted by the spirits of his dead wife and kids. It gets a poor 3.5 on here which is the same of Don't Go in the Woods...Alone! and I will say The Forest is a better film.

Now, let's get down to the usual criticisms here. The acting is atrocious, the best acting in the film is by Gary Kent who plays the cannibal hermit and he's really not that good either but he's given somewhat solid character development for his character and he is not annoying which is more than I can say for a lot of slashers. The directing is about average for slashers, nothing special but I do like the setting and I think it's captured decently here. The body count is low, but this film is not about the body count, more about the story instead. The score I actually didn't mind, there's song which is horrendously funny but the score itself, isn't that bad, in fact, I liked the score they used for the opening kills. My two favorite scenes are the opening with the two kills and the flashback sequence though poorly acted by everybody but Kent, gives us decent character development and while cheesy, actually makes us sympathize with the killer.

The Forest is not a good film by any means and I paid quite a bit for the DVD but it's a solid DVD and I liked the film more than I thought I would. Recommended to slasher fans who want something a little different than just the killer in the woods formula.


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