Starring: George Kennedy, Mike Kellin and Chris Lemmon
|"What what? In my butt~ I sat what what? In my butt!"|
Cut-shift to a van full of campers on a hiking trip of fun who were warned by the local sheriff and too the surviving hunter that the woods aren't safe. As any dumb teenagers would in this kind of films, they ignored all these warning and continue to hike deeper into the mountains, which they eventually have to go on foot when the trail got too thin for their van. Camps are later set and the usual teen business begins (loud music, making out, small talk, everything else that has nothing to do with hiking);they soon ran afoul with a family of hillbillies who're less than welcoming towards city-folks and proves that point by blowing up their some of their gear with a shotgun.
|A sheriff who talks to plants; guess we now know|
why he got cast in The Naked Gun...
|Damsel in distress? or Murder Accomplice?|
Still, moving away from this flaw on momentum, the film did managed to recreate one of the best suspenseful and moody atmosphere in slasher flick history, mimicking the 70s portrayal of mountain men and demoralizing survivors after undergoing some serious threats and drastic measures to survive, often in vein of "Deliverance (1972)", or the "hicksploitation" sub-genre in general. The movie's eerie, sullen and isolated backdrop helped create some tense scenes whenever the killers around, especially at night wherein certain scenes had our leads viciously cornered like animals.
|Oh dear God, it beats Hugo Stiglitz's fist-feed any day!|
It's rare to have a backwoods slashers had been done right, and this film may or may not be an example of one. It's overlooked for many reasons, some sharing mine while others differ, but I can assure you that it's a great film for avid slasher fans to see, even if it they have to wait an hour or so before the action starts.
|It's Deliverance all over again...|
1 male had his groin impaled with saw-toothed machete
1 male pushed off a cliff and drowns in river
1 male pinned and impaled on the ground with machete
1 female killed offscreen
1 male repeatedly shot on the back with shotgun
1 male choked on a fist