For many, myself included, the 1980's produced some of the most enjoyable horror movies. Note that the word 'best' was not included, even though there were some real gems in the mix as well as some of the most enduring slasher horror films.
There was a lot of garbage to wade through, as well, thanks to the sheer volume of the movies.
Presenting: 'Don't Go In The Woods.'
Four friends take a hike through the woods. This is the same weekend when a few other people have been killed by an unseen assailant.
One by one, the friends are picked off until the truth is revealed.
Right off the bat, the title is a bit misleading/grammatically incorrect. As written, it seems to say that one shouldn't use the woods as a bathroom. Sage advice, but not the message that was intended here.
The killer isn't some superhuman, immortal demon or zombie, it's just a guy wearing a lot of fur and carrying a spear. That's a nice change of pace, but it's also incredibly lame. He doesn't inspire fear and probably shouldn't be as effective as he is.
There is a fair amount of gore, especially in two particular killings. These instances are needlessly sustained and overdone, not in a good way. Unfortunately, there are so many dull stretches where people are just walking through the woods, the killings are probably the only thing that will keep you awake.
The acting is absolutely horrific. The performances here are the definition of amateurish. One of the worst parts about it is that the audio appears to have been poorly overdubbed even though it is an American film. This whole production seems to be the result of a few people with a camera and some time one weekend. It must have been incredibly rushed because a few more takes were needed in some instances and a lot of the effects couldn't have cost any money.
Special features include: nothing.
'Don't Go In The Woods' is a pathetic little film with a micro budget. It's not bad enough to be laughable. It's bad enough to just be bad.
Rated R 82 minutes 1981