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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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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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Woman: [Man gets stabbed and makes painful, groaning sound] What? Did you say something honey?
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Really bad slasher flick.
22 March 2004 | by (Chyby, Poland) – See all my reviews

Some happy campers are stalked and viciously butchered by a demented cannibalistic killer called Daddy."The Forest" is one of the strangest slasher flicks I have ever seen.It starts fairly competently,but quickly becomes boring and tedious.The opening murder scene of two backpackers in the California wilderness is quite suspenseful and gory.The acting is really bad and the script is not better.Still there is a lot of cheese for fans of slasher movies.Unfortunately the gore is kept to minimum,so gorehounds may be disappointed.The film features also the ghosts of two kids and their mother and I can safely say that this supernatural element adds some touches of originality to the plot.So if you are a fan of slasher films you can check this one out.However I prefer Donald M.Jones earlier horror film "Schoolgirls in Chains"(1973),which is way more demented than "The Forest".


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