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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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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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Everyone has nightmares about the ugliest way to die.




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Composer H. Kingsley Thurber originally recorded the movies infamous cheesy theme song as a joke for director James Bryan. Bryan liked the song so much he put it in the films closing credits. See more »


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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(Theme Song)
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22 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

A terrifying spectacle that will teach you an important lesson in survival: DON"T GO IN THE WOODS!

Let me first start off by saying this movie is a true cult classic. I first picked this bad boy at some video store where they had a wide VHS horror selection. While me being a fan of the low-budget horror genre, i was like a kid in a candy store. I took my time browsing at each video till i came across this one, it was actually the cover that caught my attention at first. The rural backdrop, the girl bleeding from the mouth, and the sign saying Don't go in the woods with a knife sticking out, I just couldn't resist when i saw it. So I bring it home and pop it in my VCR and after about 20 minutes of watching i realize since the film's acting, plot and worst of all the music are beyond belief there's nothing to do here but enjoy the gore. It's hilarious watching this film(if you even want to call it that)set in the wilderness of Utah, where characters are slaughtered one after the other by a primitive killer. One scene in particular i love is when the guy in the wheelchair is struggling to make his way up the steep trail, he finally makes it to the top only to have his head chopped off -I was laughing for days.

This movie isn't meant to be taken seriously, I mean how can you, the song played over the end credits(yes, you heard correctly)sounds like it came from a thirty-year old guy who still lives with his mom, and recorded it in her basement. But what can i say i love this movie, and if you can find it(it's been out of print for awhile) I suggest you pick it up if your into bad horror movies or just looking for a good laugh.

P.S.- If you liked this movie you should check out a film called "Rituals". It's set in the wilderness, but unlike "Don't go in the Woods" it actually effective in capturing the real sense of horror out in the woods.

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