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Backwoods (1987)

A hillbilly father and his idiot son terrorize and murder campers.


Dean Crow


Dean Crow (story), Charles Joseph




Complete credited cast:
Christine Noonan Christine Noonan ... Karen
Jack O'Hara Jack O'Hara ... William, the Geek
Brad Armacost Brad Armacost ... Jamie
Dick Kreusser Dick Kreusser ... Eben
Leslie Denise Leslie Denise ... Beth
Gary Lott Gary Lott ... Ranger
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While camping in a remote part of the forest, Jamie and his girlfriend Karen meet a strange, backwoods local man named Eben and his young daughter, Beth. When Jaime saves Beth's life, Eben insists on giving the two campers a good, square meal. Not wanting to seem disrespectful, the two campers reluctantly agree to follow Eben back to his home. But there they meet Eben's brain-damaged son William, whose obsession with Karen's long, black hair leads to a nightmarish sequence of events that will change Jamie's and Karen's lives forever. Written by David Helvering

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A secret hidden by time that will reap its horrible revenge.


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Did You Know?


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Eben: Do me a favor, boy.
Jamie: What's that?
Eben: Say 'shit'.
Jamie: What?
Eben: Say 'shit'.
Jamie: Shit!
Eben: [chuckles] I just wanted to see if you can do it.
Jamie: [chuckles] Shit.
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Title card before end credits: "GEEK (gek) (See more »


References The Addams Family (1964) See more »

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Worth a watch
19 August 2006 | by TikkinSee all my reviews

"Backwoods", or "Geek" (as I know it) is one of those films in the same sub-genre as Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Deliverance, Midnight, Just Before Dawn...you get my drift. It reminded me very much of "Just Before Dawn", as some of the scenes are very similar.

I won't go into a detailed description of the plot as I'm sure you will get an idea of it from the other reviews here.

The film gets off to a slow start, although the atmosphere is rather creepy. There is very little gore at all, which is a shame because it would have enhanced things greatly. When things do get going (in the last quarter of the film) is when it is most rewarding - the scenes are tense, disturbing and very well done. The film also makes you think a bit and by the end, the message I got was that ultimately humans stand alone and must protect themselves at all costs.

If you love films such as Just Before Dawn, Midnight, Deliverance, and so on, I would recommend giving this a watch. The pay-off is in the ending but sadly you have to suffer a bit of boredom to get to it.

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Release Date:

5 April 1988 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Indiana, USA

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Overlook Films Ltd. See more »
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