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Don't Go in the Woods (1981)

A maniacal murderer kills tourists in the woods.

Director:

James Bryan

Writer:

Garth Eliassen (original story and screenplay)
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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
Ken Carter ... Sheriff
David Barth ... Deputy Benson
Larry Roupe Larry Roupe ... Store Owner
Amy Martell Amy Martell ... Artist's Child
Tom Drury ... Maniac
Laura Trefts Laura Trefts ... Dr. Maggie
Alma Ramos Alma Ramos ... Running Girl - Victim #1
Carolyn Braza ... Cherry - Victim #2
Frank Millen ... Dick - Victim #3 (as Frank Clitus Muller)
McCormick Dalten 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Don't Go in the Woods ...alone! See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 September 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Don't Go in the Woods... Alone! See more »

Filming Locations:

Park City, Utah, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

JBF See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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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Alternate Versions

Although fully uncut in terms of violence, the 2007 UK Film 2000 DVD is completely missing both the synthesized soundtrack and other source music. The infamous theme song (played over the closing credits) is the only music featured in the print. See more »

Connections

References The Hills Have Eyes (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

(Theme Song)
Written by H. Kingsley Thurber
Sung by H. Kingsley Thurber
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Abysmal
7 January 2003 | by Maciste_BrotherSee all my reviews

I rented DON'T GO IN THE WOODS 20 years ago and I still remember how abysmal it was. No redeeming qualities whatsoever. It's stunningly amateurish. Even though it's only 82 minutes long, DGITW feels like 3 hours. Every inch of the movie is terrible. Some parts are good in a 'it's so bad it's good' way but the film is too awful to endure and nullifies any fun to be had from watching it.

Whoever was involved with this film, my hat's off to you because you made one of the worst films ever!!!!


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