Don’t Go In the The Woods … Alone (Horror/Slasher) 1981 [Movie/Review]


Year: 1981
Genre: Horror/Slasher
Director: James Bryan
Original/Alternative Titles: Don’t Go in the Woods
Source: Blu-Ray (88-films)


Don’t Go in the Woods… Alone! (also known as Don’t Go in the Woods) is a 1981 American slasher film directed by James Bryan and written by Garth Eliassen. The film follows four campers who are confronted by a murderous woodsman slaying hikers on a wooded mountainside. It is one of the infamous “video nasties” that was banned in the United Kingdom in the 1980s.


One of these 1980’s slashers I have avoided, ’cause I have never heard a good word about it. But, sometime I got to see it if I call myself a 1980’s horror fanatic.

We first meet a gang of wannabe hikers, with their leader who looks like a midget in a full-size body. All of them annoying, so already 2 minutes I feel like pressing the stop button. Then we have a screaming women calling out for her husband “Gale, Gale, Gale” … I just wanna jump into the screen and finish her off myself.

If any of these people where real actors when filming this then I’m Batman. Holy crap are they bad! I don’t think it’s possible to have more stiff dialogues. Next up, the blood. Okey, it’s not just this movie, why was it so hard to get a blood-red color that actually looks something like real blood? But as I said, it’s not just in this movie, but also in masterpieces by Argento and so on.

Next up, the sound effects and music. WTF! What’s up with that? Some kind of circus music. Jesus Fu**ing Christ! Also on the topic of sound … the dubbing have also to be one of the worst in movie history. All dialogue was made after the movie.

The lunatic killer is another chapter. How the hell did they come up with this garbage (see him below)

Last but not least …. I’m all for actors that look like people in general do, I always get annoyed when the casting are made from some fashion model catalogue. But hell, these could be some of the ugliest fu**ers to ever appear on a screen. I was just hoping we didn’t get any nudity (Spoiler: which we didn’t).

How director James Bryan have 21 directors credits on Imdb is beyond me, they must all be self financed.

So to conclude, as much as I love 1980’s horror, this one is probably the worst one I have ever seen that was shot on film. There are some VHS Shot ones I can’t stand, yes I’m looking at you Woodchipper Massacre!


After the release of his earlier film Boogie Vision, director James Bryan decided on making a horror film set in the Rocky Mountains as his next project. The film was supposedly based on local rumors about a number of hitchhikers who had reportedly fallen victim to a suspected serial killer.

The film was shot on a budget of $150,000 in the summer of 1980, during the director’s seven-year sojourn. It was shot in outdoor locations, partly in order to save money on the film’s lighting. Parts of the film were shot in Brighton, Utah.

Don’t Go in the Woods was released regionally in the United States, opening in six theaters in the Salt Lake City area on November 20, 1981, and subsequently screening in Provo on November 27.

Mary Gail Artz (who plays Ingrid) later became a major Hollywood casting director and cast such films as Halloween II (1981), The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), Serendipity (2001), House of Wax (2005), Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005) and many, many others. She never starred in any other film, besides this one.

The entire movie was dubbed after being shot. The voice of actor Frank Millen is dubbed by director James Bryan because Millen wasn’t available for the audio looping sessions.

In the 1980s, the film was deemed a video nasty in the United Kingdom, and subsequently banned by issuance of the Video Recordings Act. Aside from an early rare video release, it was not available for rent or sale in the UK until 2007, when it was released uncut on DVD with a 15 certificate. It was classified as R18 in New Zealand for its violence.


I watched this on a blu-ray from 88 films. Picture and soon ok, but they didn’t have much to work with either.

Additional info:

  • Commentaries:(1) Audio Commentary by Director James Bryan 
    (2) Audio Commentary by Deron Miller, Mary Gail Artz and James Bryan 
  • Extras:”The Making of Don’t Go in the Woods” featurette (56:46) 
    Talk Show Appearance (14:12) 
    Theatrical Trailer (1:08) 
    Poster & Production Stills Gallery (7:01) 
    88 Films Trailer Reel (21:55) 
    – “Puppetmaster” 
    – “Pit and the Pendulum” 
    – “Demonic Toys” 
    – “Bloody Birthday” 
    – “Two Moon Junction” 
    – “Dollman” 
    – “Bloodsucking Freaks” 
    – “Puppet Master II” 
    – “Puppet Master III” 
    – “Tourist Trap” 
    – “Castle Freak”
  • Subtitles:None
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Picture Format: 1080p 24fps AVC MPEG-4
  • Soundtrack(s): English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Mono
  • Case type:Keep Case
  • Notes:Comes with a reversible sleeve and collector’s booklet (First pressing only) By Calum Waddell featuring an in depth interview with director James Bryan


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