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Don't Go in the Woods (1981)

A maniacal murderer kills tourists in the woods.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nick Cleland ...
Peter (as 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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Storyline

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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4 September 1981 (USA)  »

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Don't Go in the Woods... Alone!  »

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Trivia

Mary Gail Artz (who plays Ingrid) later became a major Hollywood casting director and cast such films as Halloween II (1981), The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Serendipity (2001), House of Wax (2005), Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) and many, many others. Ironically enough, she never starred in any other film besides this one. 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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Referenced in The New York Ripper (1982) See more »

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Pure schlock.
29 September 2004 | by (Chyby, Poland) – See all my reviews

"Don't Go in the Woods" is often regarded as the worst slasher movie ever made.I can honestly say that I have seen worse slasher flicks like "Hollow Gate","The Last Slumber Party" or "The Newlydeads".A crazy killer stalks and kills tourists and campers in the woods.Anyway,this film is without a doubt beyond horrible.The acting is incredibly awful and both female leads are uglier than hell.The music is abysmal,the script makes no sense and the cinematography is really weak.The killer is just an old bearded guy who doesn't even have a motive or reason for killing campers.Fortunately this slasher flick is never boring and it contains many gory murders(for example a photographer guy gets his arm ripped off,a crippled guy is decapitated).So if you are a fan of trashy and mindless Z-grade slasher flicks give this one a look.


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