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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.



(as Evan Jones)

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Cast overview:
Dean Russell ...
John (as Michael Brody)
Tomi Barrett ...
Sharon (as Elaine Warner)
John Batis ...
Ann Wilkinson ...
Jeanette Kelly ...
Corky Pigeon ...
John Jr.
Becki Burke ...
Tony Gee ...
Marilyn Anderson ...
Jean Clark ...
Mechanic (as J.L. Clark)
Don Jones ...
Forest Ranger


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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Terror in the Forest  »

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


When Charlie is sitting by the fire sharpening his knife, someone is hiding in the shadows throwing something when he looks around. See more »


Woman: [Man gets stabbed and makes painful, groaning sound] What? Did you say something honey?
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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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Have you seen my children?
19 November 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I first saw this when I was 14. I remember I wanted to swap it with my mate but he wouldn't so I tried to borrow it very long term and hope he forgot about it! Haha. In the end he asked for it back (DAMN!)

Anyway this film is a classic slasher, it's "so bad but it's good". I really think it's just great in the way it's so cheap but cool at the same time. Love the location (forest) but could of been a bit more detailed on the "gore score" but if you like cheap bargain bin horror flicks then you should watch it.

It's a rare film and pretty hard to come by.

All in all it has something about it that I really like. Oh, and the music is great! Reminds me of the first ever casio keyboards and gives it that old slasher feel.

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