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The Forest (1982)

Dean Russell , Don Jones  |  R |  DVD
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dean Russell, Don Jones, Gary Kent
  • Format: Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Code Red
  • DVD Release Date: November 7, 2006
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HC2LQC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #446,269 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Forest" on IMDb

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Two couples plan a trip into the forest to escape the hustle-n-bustle of everyday city life. But there's a crazed killer on the loose with a taste for human flesh! When the men get separated from the women, it's every man and woman for themselves. Haunted by the ghosts of his victims, the killer is eventually double-crossed by them as they ghosts come to the aid of the campers. Featuring Gary Kent (BODY FEVER, HELL'S BLOODY DEVILS).

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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Code Red, an apparent imprint of Media Blasters, has released a somewhat interesting little curio in the `killer in the woods' genre titled The Forest (1982) aka Terror in the Forest. Produced, directed, and edited by Donald `Don' Jones (Schoolgirls in Chains, Deadly Sunday), the film features Dean Russell, Tomi Barrett (L.A. Bad), John Batis (Teenage Gang Debs), Ann Wilkinson (Boogeyman II), and Gary Kent (Schoolgirls in Chains). Also appearing is Jeanette Kelly, Corky Pigeon ("Silver Spoons"), Becki Burke, and Jones himself in a bit part as a forest ranger.

As the film begins we see a couple backpacking in the woods, accompanied by some really awful, homologous, synthetic type music found commonly throughout the early 1980s. It's apparent fairly early on they're being stalked, and even more so after they're separated and the man gets a bowie knife in the gut (that's a pain that will linger). Alas, his partner doesn't fair all that well now we see two men, named Mike (Russell) and Charlie (Batis), driving on a freeway, somewhere around San Diego I'm guessing, talking about getting away from the hustle and bustle by going camping. Later that night they break the news to their wives Sharon (Barrett) and Teddi (Wilkinson)...Sharon's married to Mike and Teddi to which the women suggest they all go together, a proposal that elicits the following comment from Charlie...

"Listen honey, the only backpacking you ever did was in bed."

Now I'm not exactly sure what that meant (neither does anyone in the film, including Charlie himself, I suspect), but the women take it as a derogatory, chauvinistic remark and decide to go off camping themselves, if only to prove a point, with the men to catch up to them a bit later.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sleeping Bags Of The Damned... September 22, 2013
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THE FOREST begins w/ a couple being stalked and murdered while hiking. Then, we are introduced to two couples who decide that the women are going to hike on their own. Of course, the men have no intention of letting them go into the deep woods alone, and are not far behind. Unfortunately, the bumbling husbands get lost and spend most of their time arguing. That night, the women are terrified by noises and the appearance of a bizarre woman looking for her creepy children. The kids warn the women, telling them that their dad is coming. Dad is a hillbilly that lives in a fully-furnished cave. He's also hungry for human flesh! Can these ladies survive until their idiot husbands find them? If not, can the men get past their own foolishness and endless bickering? Part cannibal-slasher and part ghost story, THE FOREST simply lacks any true terror or chills. The cannibal-dad provides little in the way of homicidal mania, and the ghostly kids / mum are hopelessly wooden and non-threatening. This one gets very tedious very fast...
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"The Forest" comes off as a typical slasher flick that takes place in the woods, but looks can be deceiving. Unfortunately, "The Forest" fancies itself as something more, something clever, but it ultimately falls flat on its face. The "slasher in the woods" or campfire slasher as I commonly refer to them is actually a subgenre of the slasher subgenre of the horror genre. Indeed, I was hoping for a standard slasher flick in the woods but, instead, I got a very weird low-budget (that was expected) slasher/ghost story, which was very poorly executed in almost every conceivable way.

Basically, "The Forest" is about a man who let's just say mysteriously lost his family. He has resorted to living in the woods and has become a cannibal. Sound good? Well, it's not. While the mother's initial entrance into the movie is a little surprising and perhaps eerie, the ghost scenes, for the most part, were done so pitifully (especially with the children) that the movie comes off as a complete joke. In fact, the ghost scenes involving the children become increasingly annoying and lame as they repeatedly make their generic appearance throughout the movie.

The kills, for the most part, are not that bad at all though, especially for a low-budget film. In fact, the kills and the forest setting in general are what keep this movie from getting a ZERO STAR rating. Perhaps the most glaring problem in this movie is with the acting, which is absolutely AWFUL, especially the actor who plays the villain or the killer. Consequently, much of the action in this film comes off as absolutely ridiculous. In particular, this so-called killer looks like the loud-mouth beer-guzzling redneck you would find at your local bowling alley late on a Friday night.
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