Don't Go in the Woods

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  1. killnstalk

    killnstalk Guest

    i LOVE THIS SLASHER.iTS WAY BETTER THAN THE fOREST.
     
  2. Ash J. Williams

    Ash J. Williams New Member

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    A snippet from my Live Journal...

    "Come on out, you jerk, you."

    A heartstopping monologue from Dick, in the underseen classic, "Don't Go Into the Woods... Alone!" as he prepares to confront The Maniac, AKA, The Monster, and strike him down with hot steel, to win the safety and trust of his loved one, Cherry.

    This movie is horrible. There's really no better word for it, as a matter of fact. With porno production values (and a director quite experienced in the field), inhuman dialogue, which I'm still not sure was dubbed or not, and just about the most ridiculous storytelling you can imagine. Picture a four-character movie, with 14 other characters in their own single scenes, with little-to-no dialogue, no character development and an average of 40 seconds of pre-mortum screen time. Oh, and throw in a killer in a bear/pimp suit. That's Don't Go Into the Woods.

    I care not to recount specifics. I don't care to display the new 25th Anniversary Edition DVD very prominantly in my collection. And I don't particularly care to watch the film again anywhere in the near-to-distant future. It's a film so horrendously produced that no props, no lights and no more than one camera were required for its completion and nation-wide distribution. It was banned in the UK, for sucking too hard.

    People say I have bad tastes in movies; this isn't so. I don't think bad movies are good movies; I only think bad movies are enjoyable movies. But this bad movie was very hard to enjoy on its own right. Very hard, indeed.

    I give Don't Go Into the Woods... Alone! 6 out of 100, because there's this one awesome scene with a guy in a wheelchair. It's hilarious, in that "I'm going to hell for laughing at this," way. I love that way.
     
  3. killnstalk

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    I give this film 10/10.i love it.its one of my favorite slashers.cant wait to get the 2 dvd set.
     
  4. gunner

    gunner Cropsy Maniac

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    Ash J Williams, Ok, Maybe I was exposed to this movie young enough where it has simply pulled an unconditional love from me. But, who says a film must have developed characters? Your in the woods, you stumble onto another group hiking. You don't know shit about them, they don't know shit about you. And neither really gives a rats ass.
    To me this film is like a campfire tale, which never go into any more than face detail. This film was intentionally written to reflect this simple style, a much talkier script (titled Sierra) was totally re-worked before & during filming. The view of the killer from the tear in the raised sleeping bag stands as a classic horror film moment IMO
    I can tell you found the easter egg since you know about the director's previous porno outings. But did you check out the commentary or interview segments? From those you'll get all the answers you'll need to know about audio dubbing, etc. And as far as props go, this film DID have an art director who worked hard. C'mon you have to admit, the cabin was indeed creepy. There is a certain look & feel to it, which was absolutely intentional. James Bryan even had a haunted house display for DGitW shortly after filming, how many directors do that? Thats love.
    The simplistic nature of the film hides the hard work and devotion, while the far out dialog hides the intelligence. This was indeed not made in a backyard over a weekend by redneck baffoons to make a quick buck.
    But, I must admit, I cannot fully understand what you've gone through. I have no idea how I would feel about the movie if I were to pop it in for the first time now, at 31 years old. I would probably hate it.
     
  5. wago70

    wago70 Surviving on nostalgia

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    I'll buy a used copy for cheap if you don't want it anymore. :D
     
  6. Ash J. Williams

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    Believe me, I understand an artist's dedication to his work, even when it's not particularly deserved in the end... But beyond being unintentionally funny, and a great film to watch with friends and pick on, Don't Go Into the Woods is utterly worthless. It can't be considered art, as the camerawork is crazily rampant and unfocused, with the only somewhat steady shots being the still photography they focus on for a few seconds to indicate what time of day it is. The effects are laughable, at best; the gore isn't effective at all, and is at times totally transparant.

    I understand the process of ADR and how it can create an unmatching soundtrack; one of my favorite films is Suspiria. But the dialogue isn't just stale - it is, as I said, inhuman. The intonations in the voices and the emphasis given to certain parts of speech aren't how English-speaking humans talk. It's beyond "Awkward," it's unsettling and incredibly distracting. And on top of that, the dubbing is over people speaking English, not several different languages. This makes it less comparable to Suspiria's ADR, and more like Manos: The Hands of Fate's, as the soundtrack seems to have been damaged or unusable, so it seems like it was re-recorded.

    As an aspiring filmmaker, I have an eye for faults, but some of my favorite movies are considered B-movies or worthless filth. As long as a film is enjoyable on some level, like, for instance, an MST3K-style viewing, then I'll feel like my money was well-spent, and in this case, Don't Go Into the Woods qualifies. But beyond that level, the film would be unwatchable. Watch it again, and tell me if you agree.
     
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  7. gore

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    I'll retract saying the movie was horrible. I really didnt think the film was bad ( as in, so bad its bad ). It was that score and audio that totally ruined it for me. It was kind of like a dubbed italian movie but without the good score. Or like in italian horror when they put in the audio for a cat screeching or a bird, it's overly loud, doesnt sound real..just really annoying.
     
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    Gore, The import disc from American Shock eliminates the electronic score on the english soundtrack version. Giving a very quiet I Spit on your Grave-like experience. Try that if you run into it.

    Ash J, I don't need to watch it again. DGitW goes too far back into my life to be judged fairly. Yes, I indeed see and realize every little itty bitty flaw...but (to me) the overall film works. And at times is damned creepy (like the earlier mentioned hanging sleeping bag scene).
    Now Suspiria, I absolutely hated!! I had never seen it until the 3 disc Anchor Bay release. Maybe it was the red & green lit weirdness, maybe the rediculous lines from the young girls. I just didn't dig it. But I intend on watching it again in the future for a second round.
     
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    At least you recognize that it can't be judged fairly, and are giving Suspiria another fair chance. I think that's all to be said on this matter, as neither one of us is going to concede to not liking one of their favorite movies.
     
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    I just watched this for the first time last night. Oh my god, I couldn't tell you the last time I have laughed this hard...What a great spoof of the slasher genre from the 80's!!! Oh wait, it can't be true its not a spoof. The acting, the dialog, the most unattractive cast in an 80's movie ever, some of the funniest kills. I LOVE THIS MOVIE!!!
     
  11. Mutilated Prey

    Mutilated Prey Soul Stealer

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    I like it just because it's non stop kills, on top of all the silliness. My friend an I were dying laughing watching it for the first time like a year ago. There has to be like 25-30 deaths - haha.
     
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    Are the deaths at least creative? Or are they they pretty standard and boring?
     
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    Its got just about every death you can think of without using a powertool & some you have to see to believe. Most are porely done however.
     
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    LMAO Don't Go in the Woods is hysterically bad. The amount of deaths in the film is quite ridiculous, especially the first one. I mean, wtf? Hahaha.

    ~Matt
     
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    Wow you have sold me! It is now in my wish list.
     
  16. HAEMORRHAGE

    HAEMORRHAGE If he dies, he dies

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    It's on Code Red, it should have already been on your wish list!
     
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    haha that is true! a month ago I didn't care for any of their releases. Since then I have either purchased them or added them to my wish list. the only one I'm on the fence about now is The Forest, as I have heard very unkind things said about it.
     
  18. gore

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    I actually liked The Forest better!
     
  19. Yeah, I much prefer The Forest to Don't Go Into The Woods as well (although they both certainly have their charms).
     
  20. ekent

    ekent The Lord's Arm of Justice

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    The Forest and Don't Go In The Woods... Alone are both equally good/bad. The Forest is a much more competantly made film and would be more acceptable to most audiences if you are choosing between the two.
     

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