Here we have a pure, simple, and unadulterated 80s Slasher in the woods that meets and exceeds all of the basic prerequisites of the sub-genre during its peak. A group of teen camp councilors are stalked and killed by a legendary madman that lives in the nearby woods. Yep, thats it! The killer in this film is Madman Marz, a hulking farmer that was a womanizer and sadist, and was hung by the townspeople after he slaughtered his family with an axe, only to disappear. Whats greatest about this horror icon is that he bumbles around like a giant ape with an axe while grunting the entire film, but when it comes down to murderizing the teens.. It gets awesome. The film offers some of the most brutal and graphic slayings for the period, with absolutely no sense of self-editing in order to achieve a rating. There are axes to the chest, face, skull, and probably the crotch, along with a decapitation via truck hood and much, much more. The camp setting is all too familiar, but equally welcomed, and makes for plenty more terror in the woods. What makes the film even more fun is the absolutely dreadful / awesome over-acting by the homeliest group of 30yr old "teen" actors youve ever seen. Case in point:
On the technical side, the filming perfectly captures the look and feel of the 80s greats, though the writing is extremely bland and the film could be enjoyed just as much on mute. From start to finish, this is a conventional but awesome and often overlooked Slasher flick, and it is an absolute must-see for any Slasher fans!
PS - I cant rightfully end this review without mentioning the hot tub scene. Honestly, who twirls around in circles slowly along the edge of a hot tub in order to seduce their mate?It looks like the two are in a washing machine.