Sunday, October 24, 2010

Don't Go in the Woods (1981)

DON'T GO IN THE WOODS is a bottom-rung "Slasher in the woods" entry that follows in the same tradition as JUST BEFORE DAWN and DELIVERANCE. A group of four pre-packaged victims head in to the woods on a camping trip, only to be killed off by a crazed mountain man in a timely fashion. The highly-untrained acting and directing are apparent in every moment of the film, and the story structure is almost non-existent. Only the weakest Slasher movie stereotypes and conventions shine through here, but for everything it lacks in quality, it more than makes up for in bloody killings. Severed limbs, missing heads, and gallons of blood are strewn across the screen, making it far more violent than many of the mid- to late-80's Slashers. Although DON'T GO IN THE WOODS is a terrible film by all accounts, the hardcore Slasher fans will find enough cheesy dialog and brutal deaths to make it worth the watch.

Rating: 3/10.
Gore: 7/10.

If you liked DON'T GO IN THE WOODS, check out:
THE FOREST, JUST BEFORE DAWN, MADMAN.

7 comments:

  1. haha, sao bad it's fun, especially the hilarious wheelchair guy :)

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  2. So, so random.. So many of those deaths were completely random and had less than nothing to do with the plot. At least the couple in Jason Lives were in the woods for a romantic picnic before the champagne bottle was burst through their chests! Wheelchair guy? "Oh, I'll just roll up this mountain to check out the beautiful view..."

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  3. I rented this years back after reading a glowing review from Joe Bob Briggs in his first book. The movie stank, but I did buy the Code Red DVD just not opened it yet. Apparently, there must be cut gore footage put back in as the VHS tape I saw I remember to be very tame. Plus, it got like a '2' in Chas. Balun's great 'Gore Score' book back in the day.

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  4. It stank to high hell, but it was waaay bloodier than I ever would have expected V! Grabbed the double feature with The Forest on it. Glad that was paid for using Swagbucks winnings! I just didnt want it to go OOP before I was able to see the films.

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  5. I would have never remembered anything about this awful film if it wasn't for that ending song. Is that the most redonkulous thing ever...even more redonkulous than the word redonkulous. Sounds like some 40-year old guy who lives in his parents' basement that is in the bathroom whispering so his mom and dad don't yell at him for making noise so late. "The one line that cracks me up is: "There's a friendly beast..." Friendly beast?! Did this dude even watch this film? Friendly?!

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  6. Hilariously true dude, the friendliest beast you will ever meet!

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  7. Beyond awful, beneath contempt. This garbage was actually banned in the UK as a Video Nasty for a while!

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