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Garth Eliassen (original story and screenplay)
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Everyone has nightmares about the ugliest way to die.
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Four young campers, Craig, Peter, Ingrid and Joanie, back-pack through the mountains for a relaxing weekend in the wilderness... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)
Jack McClelland ... Peter
Mary Gail Artz ... Ingrid
James P. Hayden ... Craig
Angie Brown ... Joanne

Ken Carter ... 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

Frank Millen ... Dick - Victim #3 (as Frank Clitus Muller)
McCormick Dalten ... Bird Watcher - Victim #4
Cecilia Fannon ... Lady Artist - Victim #5 (as Cecelia Fannon)
Dale Angell ... Tourist at Falls - Victim #6
Ruth Grose ... Tourist's Mother - Victim #7
Hank Zinman ... Fisherman - Victim #8
Leon Brown Jr. ... Camper in Sleeping Bag #1
Linda Brown ... Camper in Sleeping Bag #2
Gerry Klein ... Man in Wheelchair - Victim #11
Tom Ruff ... Man in Tree - Victim #12
Valetta Saunders ... Police Dispatcher
John Williams ... Cop #1
Jeff Wood ... Cop #2
Randy Kleffer ... Cop #3
Jarne Harbrecht ... Detective
Ann St. Michael ... Jail Trustee
Bonnie Harris ... Roller Skater on Trail
Matt Noone ... Man on Trail
Matt Muller ... Pilot
Garth Eliassen ... Cop at the Lake
Susan Farris ... Cop at the Falls
T. Ruff ... Boy at the Falls
Bill Stockdale ... Photographer
Ebin Whitting ... Angry Posse Member
Brad Carter ... Tired Posse Member
Jeffery Wood ... Posse Member
Mark Prager ... Posse Member
Eben Whitney ... Posse Member
Randy Prager ... Posse Member
David Wiggins ... Posse Member
Randy Iverson ... Posse Member
John Warren ... Posse Member
Michael Smith ... Posse Member
Paul Michael Thorpe ... Posse Member (as Paul Thorpe)
Joan Forester ... Hospital Receptionist
Pam Srubaugh-Littig ... Head Nurse
Tawnya Crespin ... Girl in Wheelchair
Pat J. Winn ... Intern
Franky Crespin ... Nurse
Amy Oliphant ... Candy Striper
Patrick Satterthwaite ... Doctor
Anne Marie Nagenga ... Personnel Clerk
Suzy Folsom ... Receptionist
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eric Jenkins

Directed by
James Bryan 
 
Writing credits
Garth Eliassen (original story and screenplay)

Produced by
James Bryan .... producer
Roberto Gomez .... producer
Suzette Gomez .... producer
William Stockdale .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
H. Kingsley Thurber 
 
Cinematography by
Hank Zinman (director of photography)
 
Production Design by
S.K. James 
 
Costume Design by
Suzette Gomez  (as Suzette Bryan-Gomez)
 
Makeup Department
Nim Telson .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jonathan Bliss .... production manager
 
Sound Department
Willy Allen .... dialogue editor (as Willie Allen)
Leon Brown Jr. .... sound (as Leon Brown)
Van Christensen .... dialogue editor
Kate Clark .... sound effects editor
Gerry Klein .... location sound
Dale Angell .... sound editor (uncredited)
Tom Ruff .... sound re-recording mixer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric Jenkins .... camera assistant
 
Casting Department
Richard Olivier .... additional casting
 
Editorial Department
Matt Muller .... negative cutter (as B.F. Matt Muller)
 
Other crew
Leon Brown Jr. .... production assistant
Linda Martell .... den mother
Phoebe Montague .... production assistant
Tom Ruff .... wrangler
 
Thanks
Dean R. Bullock .... special thanks
Don Despain .... special thanks
John Earle .... special thanks
Don Lindsey .... special thanks
Capt. Webb .... special thanks
 

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"Don't Go in the Woods... Alone!" - USA (alternative title)
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82 min
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Although this film was successfully prosecuted as a 'video nasty' in the UK in 1984, its initial DVD release passed uncut at the '15' certificate- due to the film's ultra-fake effects and the film's overall 'cheesiness' which greatly reduce the chance of it being offensive to anyone.See more »
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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!See more »

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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Sheer terror, sublime suspense, 8 March 2000
Author: (david_mosca@hotmail.com) from california

James Bryan's brilliant cinematic masterpiece, Don't Go In the Woods, is a triumph of modern-day film-making. Through a carefully selected shot structure, well-developed characters, and a script filled with plot twist leading up to one of the most memorable climaxes in cinema history, the director develops a framework of how films of this particular genre should be constructed. This classic coming-of-age story features show-stopping performances by Dick-n-Cherry, Dr. Twersky, and of course the frightening, yet forgivable mass murderer, "The Birdman". These performances, coupled with the overall beauty of the film's leading ladies, Ingie and Joanie, take the audience on a journey to each one of these character's inner spirit and soul. Bryan over-comes tough challenges such as Ingrid's inquisitive mind dealing with her "rabid and unrabid" theory, Peter's struggle with the comfort found with modern-day life and life in the rugged wilderness, Craig's uneasyness on how much trail mix to put under the trap, and of course Joanie's discomfort with her physical appearance and her worth in the whole of the crew. The film also is highly symbolic, denoting a sense of community with the stars the crew displays proudly on their shirts, along with some social conflicts apparent in 1981, such as inter-racial couples. The film-maker also makes it obviously clear through his narrative style what struggles "The Birdman" is personally dealing with, and how he handles this control/release aspect of his violent nature. The director uses this idea of struggle as an over-all theme in the film by incorporating it into most of the characters (Dale's longing desire to get a shot of the train pulling in, the helicopter pilots financial struggle charging only a nickel a ride, Dr. Maggie's expectations of moving on from a RN to an experienced surgeon). Bryan's careful construction and presentation of mise-en-scene (the one-sock-up, one-sock-down technique during the first murder) along with a wonderful musical score by Sir H. Kingsly Thurber makes Don't Go In the Woods one of the most important features of the horror genre, if not American film-making.

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