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Backwoods Bloodbath (2007)

In 1877, a fierce creature, known as Bovinus Spiritualis (the Black Hodag) was discovered in the northern woods of Oneida County, Wisconsin. To this day, locals whisper of the Black Forest,... See full summary »


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Dwight McMillan Dwight McMillan ... Paul (as Dwight F. McMillan)
Travis Ruhland Travis Ruhland ... Cooper
Amy Quinn Amy Quinn ... Becky
Seth Chilsen Seth Chilsen ... The Hodag
Tyler Constable Tyler Constable ... Duke
Ryan Buth Ryan Buth ... Scott Goodwill
David Lephardt David Lephardt ... Doug
Phil Vacca Phil Vacca ... Fox
Kyle Swartz Kyle Swartz ... Milk Challenge Guy
Joseph Walzer Joseph Walzer ... Bar Patron
Adam J. D'Amato Adam J. D'Amato ... Bar Patron
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Scott Ash Scott Ash ... Brick


In 1877, a fierce creature, known as Bovinus Spiritualis (the Black Hodag) was discovered in the northern woods of Oneida County, Wisconsin. To this day, locals whisper of the Black Forest, and the curse of the creature that dwells within. "Backwoods Bloodbath" is an old school horror-gore flick about six friends who take a road trip to a back country town where a local legend has been feeding off the population for decades, only to find themselves becoming the latest items on the creature's menu. Written by AnthroFred

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Release Date:

21 October 2007 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Brookfield, Wisconsin, USA See more »

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Locked Trunk Productions See more »
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1.78 : 1
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Reasonably entertaining no-budget slasher set in the sticks of Wisconsin
21 September 2017 | by WuchakSee all my reviews

RELEASED TO VIDEO IN 2007 and directed/written by Donn Kennedy, "Backwoods Bloodbath" (subtitled "The Curse of the Black Hodag") chronicles events when six college youths from Milwaukee take a Fall vacation to the Black Forest in Oneida County, Northern Wisconsin, but are unaware that the area's cursed by a half-human, half-creature called the Hodag.

This is an independent slasher flick in the mold of the Friday the 13th sequels, but hampered by a budget of somewhere around $10,000-$50,000 and the typical problems that come with micro-budget fare: bad acting, sometimes bad sound, hand-held cameras, dubious editing, etc. However, if you can handle these kinds of limitations and roll with it rather than against it, "Backwoods Bloodbath" delivers the goods in several respects. For one, the movie has a sense of humor and I busted out laughing several times (e.g. "You guys aren't FIBs?" and the following textual note).

Secondly, the movie delivers with a few quality females, starting with the barn brunette in the prologue and, about 25 minutes later, a tent-camping girl in red bikini-shorts, which is just a cameo. The main protagonist, Jessica, is pretty decent as well. Personally, I could do without the flashes of nudity though.

Thirdly, there's a lot of fairly convincing gore; and sometimes so much that it's laughable (not that I'm into gore, I'm just pointing out that it's done very well for a no-budget flick). Fourthly, the script throws in a surprise in the last act, which I won't give away. Fifthly, there are several quality cuts on the soundtrack by presumably local artists, like "Whiskey Morning" by 8 Hours of Violence (see the "Soundtracks" credits on IMDb for more info).

Sixth, the director/writer knows how to make a movie, as far as camera angles, editing, music, flow, etc. go. Sure, you can harp on this or that (which is easy to do with a no-budget flick), but the movie accomplishes its goal, it's entertaining and entertainment is the name of the game. For comparison, my wife & I saw a no-budget horror flick recently that cost less than $10,000 and it totally siphoned from beginning to end, lacking all the six positives noted above (!).

On the downside (beyond the typical issues with these kinds of independent productions), the movie's overlong by about ten minutes, with a useless epilogue/montage tacked on, there's too much juvenile crudity (although some of it's amusing) and the second half doesn't generate enough suspense. Nevertheless, if you don't mind independent flicks with miniscule non-budgets, "Backwoods Bloodbath" is worth checking out for the highlights noted above.

THE MOVIE RUNS 89 minutes and was shot in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, with additional stuff done in Brookfield and Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.

GRADE: C- (but C+/B- for overall entertainment value)

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