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The Forest (1982)

A cannibal hermit living in the woods preys on campers and hikers for his food supply.

Director:

Don Jones

Writer:

Don Jones (as Evan Jones)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Dean Russell Dean Russell ... Steve
Gary Kent ... John (as Michael Brody)
Tomi Barrett ... Sharon (as Elaine Warner)
John Batis ... Charlie
Ann Wilkinson ... Teddi
Jeanette Kelly Jeanette Kelly ... Mother
Corky Pigeon ... John Jr.
Becki Burke Becki Burke ... Jennifer
Tony Gee Tony Gee ... Plumber
Stafford Morgan ... Man
Marilyn Anderson ... Woman
Jean Clark Jean Clark ... Mechanic (as J.L. Clark)
Don Jones Don Jones ... Forest Ranger
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Two campers Sharon and Teddy are terrorized in the deep dark woods of the California wilderness by a cannibalistic knife-wielding madman. Teddy is killed but Sharon manages to escape. That same night their boyfriends, Steve and Charlie, take refuge in an old cave to protect themselves from the storm. There they meet the killer an old man wearing a beat up old baseball cap named John. He tells them the story of how he walked in on his unfaithful wife and her lover. He killed them both, and gathered his two children and ran off into the forest. Unfortunately, his kids got sick and they commited suicide. Since then, he has developed a taste for human flesh and will kill anybody who trespasses on his territory. The next morning, Charlie is drowned and prepared for the killer's breakfast. He then goes looking for Sharon, who has, unbeknownst to him, teamed up with the ghosts of his two dead children. The maniac chases Sharon but just as he's about to kill her his ghost kids save her. He ... Written by blc

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If you go down to the woods today - you might never get out alive! See more »

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Horror | Thriller

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 June 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Terror in the Forest See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color
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Trivia

In addition to playing the forest ranger, Donald M. Jones plays Officer Ed Geza, who gives the traffic report on the radio. See more »

Goofs

When Charlie is sitting by the fire sharpening his knife, someone is hiding in the shadows throwing something when he looks around. See more »

Quotes

Woman: [Man gets stabbed and makes painful, groaning sound] What? Did you say something honey?
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Alternate Versions

The 1988 UK video release was cut by 22 secs by the BBFC with edits to stabbing scenes during the opening murder sequence. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ban the Sadist Videos! (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

The Edge of Forever
Lyrics by Stan Fidel
Music by Richard Hieronymus
Performed by Carol Browning
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Ummm OK!
7 September 2017 | by Rainey-DawnSee all my reviews

This film is awful yet I actually watched the entire thing. It's weird. I thought it was going to be a stereotypical slasher film - and it is in one way, the people isolated in the woods with a killer - but in another way, it's different than most slashers because of the ghost kids and wife.

Ghost kids that are waiting on their killing dad to be dead so they can go somewhere in the ghost world (they haven't a clue as to where that is)... and the dead mom wanting to hurt her kids -- just weird. OH and the ghost kids help the one girl to live and her husband. The rest of the film is the crazy cannibal slasher dad trying to kill the couples. That's about it... not much else to the film.

There is something about this film that kept me watching until the ending... I guess just the weirdness of it all.

4/10


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