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Don't Go in the Woods (1981)

R  |   |  Horror  |  September 1981 (USA)
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Four young campers, Craig, Peter, Ingrid and Joanie, back-pack through the mountains for a relaxing weekend in the wilderness. They are out camping in broad daylight, while someone else is ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack McClelland ...
Mary Gail Artz ...
Ingrid
James P. Hayden ...
Craig
Angie Brown ...
Joanne
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Sheriff
David Barth ...
Deputy Benson
Larry Roupe ...
Store Owner
Amy Martell ...
Artist's Child
Tom Drury ...
Maniac
Laura Trefts ...
Dr. Maggie
Alma Ramos ...
Running Girl - Victim #1
Carolyn Braza ...
Cherry - Victim #2
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Dick - Victim #3 (as Frank Clitus Muller)
McCormick Dalten ...
Bird Watcher - Victim #4
Cecilia Fannon ...
Lady Artist - Victim #5 (as Cecelia Fannon)
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Four young campers, Craig, Peter, Ingrid and Joanie, back-pack through the mountains for a relaxing weekend in the wilderness. They are out camping in broad daylight, while someone else is killing tourists in the woods. Craig warns the others not to go into the woods alone. The hillsides are crawling with fat women huffing up hillsides, nerdy bird-watchers, and young couples. Most of whom meet gruesome ends at the hands of a deranged and growling back-woodsman with a sharp spike - who announces his presence by shaking the nearest branch and whooping. The 'happy' campers don't see a man and his wife being chucked off a cliff whilst they splash about in the river below. They enter a forest which becomes denser and darker as they progress. Peter and Ingrid fear that they are lost. Something large suddenly comes lunging forward with a gleaming machete. Craig slips dead to the ground as the machete cuts him up. Peter and the others flee screaming into the forest. The rest of the day and ... Written by Sujit R. Varma

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Tom Drury, the actor who plays the Maniac, also worked as a singer. One of his songs can be heard playing in the deputies car early in the film. See more »

Quotes

Craig: [tying Joanne in a sleeping bag] Now I've got you, bitch! Let's hear you say uncle! Say uncle! Say it, bag of bitch! Say it! Say it, bag of bitch! Say it! Say uncle!
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Infamously bad - but entertaining!
10 January 2008 | by (Brentwood, USA) – See all my reviews

Hikers in the Utah mountains are being sliced 'n' diced by a hulking woodland viking! Who will be left standing??

This little low-budget wilderness killer flick is best known as one of the cheapest and most unintentionally funny entries in the genre. There's no denying that this is a tremendously flawed movie - it's mainly a series of goofy hikers and campers being killed by an even goofier villain. The acting is shabby, the gore is crude, and the 'tension' music score sounds like someone banging their head on a synthesizer. But as poorly executed as the movie is it's certainly not boring!

Don't Go in the Woods is one of those horror cheapies that's so bad you just have to laugh at it. Remember this is the same movie in which a guy in a wheelchair is 'climbing' the mountain - of course he gets to the top only to be whacked. In another great scene Peter waves at a hunter whom he thinks is reacting to him, but the hunter is actually reacting to the killer who is behind Peter! And just wait for that clunky hoot of a theme song in the ending credits!

Don't Go in the Woods may just be the Plan 9 from Outer Space of slasher films. While it's one bad film, it's not without its silly amusements. Don't take it seriously.

* 1/2 out of ****


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