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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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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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Jennifer: Run, or Daddy will eat you.
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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
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Good storyline, rubbish outcome
27 August 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Forest isn't just your everyday standard slasher/backwoods cannibal fare, it also has an interesting mix of supernatural elements as well. The story is about two couples that hike into the forest on a camping trip. A cave dwelling, cannibalistic woodsmen and the ghosts of his dead wife and two children soon terrorize them. There is something you don't see every slasher. Director Don Jones gets an "A" for effort although the film itself falls flat on just about every level, the acting is just simply average except for Jeanette Kelly who plays the dead wife of the woodsman (Michael Brody aka Gary Kent).

The film opens with some beautiful shots of a couple hiking through a valley and into a forest. They realize too late that someone is stalking them. They are both dispatched in typical slasher fare. Our killer uses a trusty hunting knife throughout the entire film, except during a flashback when he implements a handsaw, pitchfork and rusty saw blade to dispatch his cheating wife's lover. But sadly even that turns into a disappointment as you don't get to see any of it, another level that this movie failed on.

The Forest has a good story line but the movie just doesn't work along with it I found it pretty boring with simply crappy acting and could have been a hell a lot better.


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