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Don't Go In The Woods ...Alone!

3.7 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

Four young campers head into the deep woods of the Utah mountains for a relaxing weekend. But their fun is spoiled when a machete-wielding maniac embarks on a blood-splattering rampage, hacking and slashing all who enter the woods! Intended as a comedy, James Bryan's DON'T GO IN THE WOODS...ALONE snuck through with an R-Rating in the U.S. But the U.K. were less amused and banned it outright. Now, this wacky, absurd entry from the golden age of slashers receives a first-class treatment on DVD.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Mary Gail Artz, James P. Hayden, Tom Drury and Angie Brown, Nick McClelland
  • Directors: James Bryan
  • Format: Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Unknown
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Code Red
  • DVD Release Date: April 29, 2008
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001302UR2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #179,617 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

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Ah, the great outdoors. Nothing says summer like going camping in the woods; swimming in a lake; accidentally wiping your rear with poison ivy, or being hacked to bits by a guy who looks as if he got lost between here and The Road Warrior set. And that's just for starters.

Welcome to Don't Go In the Woods; one of the funniest slasher flicks to come out of the 80s.

Four of the ugliest campers to ever grace the screen hike into the woods only to discover that they're being hunted by the Mad Max reject. And they are only the central story. You see, about every five minutes or so, when we're not being shown the same establishing shot of the mountain over and over again, we meet new campers just long enough to see them get killed. We see Dale and his whinny moomoo wearing mother, Dick and Cherry, the ugliest newlyweds to date (take one look at Cherry's nose. It'll give the Wicked Witch of the West a run for its money!), a bird watcher who gets killed by a leaf, the sleeping black couple (that's all they do!), a guy in a wheelchair (what's a dude in a wheelchair doing trying to climb a mountain?), and a slew of others. But have no fear! The long arm of the law will keep everyone safe. Well, except the long arm of the law happens to consist of one of the fattest sheriffs in town (if anyone needed to try and climb a mountain, it's this guy!) and the most feminine deputy ever. Seriously, if I had these two looking out for me, I'd take my chances with the killer Captain Caveman.

This movie should've never seen the light of day. It was even on the UK's Video Nasties List. Its like a can a Pringles; once you start you just can't stop. Theres absolutely no character development and no coherent plot. Even the dialogue is off.
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It you like horror films that are so bad that you can't help but love them, than DON'T GO IN THE WOODS is the film for you. This film should fall flat on its face, but the comedy (I'm still trying to figure out if it was intentional or not) will keep you chuckling, especially the poor schlub in a wheelchair that spends half the film trying to make it to the top of the trail only to meet a deadly end when he reaches his goal. If you have never seen this film, I suggest that you go in expecting nothing and you will probably have a great time. Very expensive to purchase now since it was the first official film put out by Code Red, who have given us dozens of films we never expected to be released on DVD or Blu-Ray.
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By zygotit on September 1, 2008
highly recommended for anyone looking for the best of the worst. if you give this film one star its because you dont get the joke. of course its not effective in its attempts! but once you get past that, deep within lies a cinematic classic that will stay with you for the rest of your life. JOIN US!
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The 70s and 80s were a totally different time when it came to motion pictures. There were still drive ins a plenty across the country that were looking for low cost second films or bottom dollar double features. The video business was just starting and movies that played no where suddenly had an outlet. Direct to video features were a staple as many Hollywood hits were waiting to be released. And horror was at an all time high when it came to video.

It seemed as if anyone could make a horror film. Supported by tales of George Romero and the success he landed in 1968 with the ultra low budget NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, homespun and fledgling directors were cutting their teeth on the same genre. Boobs, blood and beasts as drive in critic Joe Bob Briggs used to rate this fare were everywhere. And if a particular movie was a hit, everyone took their cue from that and made replicas.

Take for instance Jason Voorhees of the FRIDAY THE 13TH films. You have kids in an isolated location and voila, you have fodder for your killer. Toss in a little HILLS HAVE EYES twisted dysfunctional family members dressed in skins and you have another group to use. So what if you took a buckskinned dysfunctional killer, placed him in the woods and turned him lose? You'd get the film DON'T GO IN THE WOODS...ALONE!

The story. We begin with two couples (Peter, Ingrid, Craig and Joanie) in the woods for a camping weekend. Craig knows his way around a campground and gives the rest survival tips, albeit not how to fend off a madman attacker. The four frolic through the woods, eventually getting over the grueling task of hauling their backpacks up the mountainous area to their camping destination for the night.
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If you want to see good acting and good filming with good special effects, dont get this movie. Now if you want a crazy wild man jumping up and down yelling arrrrrrrrr and chopping off limbs (great crappy special effects) with rediculous amounts of blood flying through the air, then this is the movie for you, as it was for me. Enjoy
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this is a really bad movie but with lots of blood and gore and unintentional laughs. the narrative makes sense and some of the characters make you want to root for them by the end... even though the script/director did precious little to bring the principle characters to life.

if Don't Go In The Woods Alone was from a first time director, i could easily understand and overlook the film's shortcomings. however, that is not the case. i haven't seen James Bryan's previous films, but i've heard they are good. so what happened here? i honestly don't know.

if you like rough, backwoods exploitation, then it's worth seeing once or twice, but this is not a great film.

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