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The Final Terror (1983)

R | | Horror | 28 October 1983 (USA)
A group of rangers go camping on unfamiliar forest grounds. All is well until the group members start getting picked off by a cunning, tactical, malevolent, killer in the woods.


Andrew Davis


Jon George (screenplay), Neill D. Hicks (screenplay) (as Neill Hicks) | 3 more credits »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Friedrich ... Dennis Zorich
Adrian Zmed ... Marco Cerone
Ernest Harden Jr. ... Nathaniel Hines
Lewis Smith ... Boone
Rachel Ward ... Margaret
Daryl Hannah ... Windy Morgan
Akosua Busia ... Vanessa
Joe Pantoliano ... Eggar
Mark Metcalf ... Mike
Cindy Harrell ... Melanie
Irene Sanders Irene Sanders ... Sammie
Richard Jacobs Richard Jacobs ... Mr. Morgan
Donna Pinder Donna Pinder ... Mrs. Morgan
Jim Youngs ... Jim
Lori Butler ... Lori (as Lori Lee Butler)


A group of rangers go camping on unfamiliar forest grounds. All is well until the group members start getting picked off by a cunning, tactical, malevolent, killer in the woods.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


If you go down to the woods today you're sure of...




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Release Date:

28 October 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Carnivore See more »

Filming Locations:

Crescent City, California, USA

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Production Co:

Arkoff International See more »
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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Director Andrew Davis also shot this film. He attributed his cinematographer credit to a pseudonym in order to avoid problems with the union. See more »


When the bus is seen on the bridge alone, you can tell it is daylight, when it is supposed to be dark. See more »


Dennis Zorich: If you people want to survive, you better start looking and thinking like the forest.
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Alternate Versions

The UK cinema release (as "Campsite Massacre") was uncut. The video version (as "Final Terror") was cut by 27 secs with edits to the repeated stabbing of Mike's back during the double murder in the forest. See more »


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"Deliverance" meets "Friday the 13th" with undeveloped characters
2 September 2019 | by WuchakkSee all my reviews

Some forest workers & friends camp out in the coastal Redwoods of Northern California, but there's a legend about an escaped female mental patient and her deranged son born of rape.

"The Final Terror" (1983) was shot in the Redwoods in late summer 1981 with only four crewmembers. As my title blurb suggests, it's a meshing of "Deliverance" (1972) and "Friday the 13th." The sylvan locations are outstanding, the antagonist is well realized and the no-name cast is interesting and diverse. Unfortunately the script failed to develop actual personalities, plus too many of them are unconvincingly unlikable. We don't know these people nor do we care about 'em.

Thankfully, the film improves in the second half as it becomes a survival-in-the-woods tale with a couple original elements, like the way the prey (try to) become the hunters.

The movie was shelved for over two years because the producers couldn't find a distributor. Since the flick only featured three deaths, the opening sequence with the couple getting killed was shot in order to increase its chances of obtaining a distributor. Yet this was done without the director's approval, so the producer had to pay a fee with some of it coming from the director's wedding at the time. Interestingly, this prologue is one of the more compelling parts of the movie and is highlighted by the only female really worth noting, physically speaking. I'm not saying the other ladies were bad, just that the director evidently didn't know how to capture the fairer sex on film.

Speaking of which, Daryl Hannah (Wendy) and Rachel Ward (Margaret) were unknowns at the time, but moved on to more proficient productions. So did Adrian Zmed (Marco Cerone), but less impressively so.

The film runs 1 hour, 22 minutes, and was shot at Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park in extreme Northern California and the Crescent City area.


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