Five campers arrive in the mountains to examine some property they have bought, but are warned by Forest Ranger Roy McLean that a huge machete-wielding maniac has been terrorising the area....
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Five campers arrive in the mountains to examine some property they have bought, but are warned by Forest Ranger Roy McLean that a huge machete-wielding maniac has been terrorising the area. Ignoring the warnings, they set up camp, and start disappearing one by one.Written by
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The first draft of the script that would become this movie was written in 1978, and originally titled "The Tennessee Mountain Murders". The script went through rigorous revisions (and two title changes) before being filmed. See more »
At 50:19, When Daniel approaches the cemetery to take pictures a boom mic is visible for a few seconds in the top left of the screen before it is realized and then pulled out of the frame. See more »
[after Warren and Jonathan scare the group]
I knew it was you guys all along.
Oh come on Dan you were more freaked out than the girls.
I just wasn't sure it was you.
So you peed your pants to play it safe, huh?
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Despite the various release through the years, there are three main versions of the film. 1: The US VHS release from Paragon (1980s). This is still the most complete version of the film to date. Also it was considered completely uncut until very recently with the release of a UK dvd (see below). 2: The US region 1 two disc DVD set from Shriek Show - this disc is a cut down version of the film. All the footage in this version also appears on the Paragon video tape (minus a number of scenes). Shriek Show used the best print they were able to obtain (widescreen with a second disc of extras) for their release. 3: The UK region 2 DVD (originally a play.com exclusive, now available at all major retailers) released by Odeon entertainment (pal format) is also a cut down version of the film. However, it contains many small scenes/dialogue that do not appear in any known prior US/UK version of the film. The film used for this UK release is in bad shape and its original source is unknown See more »
High Grade Thriller, Funky Ending(No Spoilers so relax)
I was lucky enough to see the "Horror Classics" DVD version of this film before it was mysteriously removed from the 4 film DVD and replaced with something else. The picture and sound quality of the film on that edition was a nightmare in itself. Yet, that version is STILL superior to the one with the deluxe DVD treatment. The reason was stated in Brad Fiedel's interview segments on the Special Edition DVD. He had noted what I first found so striking about this film. This being the use of music at moments of inactivity in the film, but leaving the moments of activity in silence, thus giving the horror scenes a stronger feel. The problem with this reissue is it carries the extra film score used to fill in these intentional gaps in score. Fiedel complained of this and made it clear that the filler music was not his. The music actually sounded a lot like Howard Shore's work for Videodrome. Sad for me that I am also a major fan of that film and have to associate the two.
The film itself managed to add some interesting realistic elements to the genre horror film. A group of friends go up on a mountain one of them inherited. On the mountain they are confronted with a family with a nightmarish secret. The movie moves along at a great pace. In fact every time I have seen it, I still find myself shocked to see 45 minutes had passed before things started really going wrong for the campers.
While the Horror Classics version is filled with many gaps, the fact that there is no score accompanying the horror scenes is what makes this film intelligent and even superior to most slasher films I have ever seen. The Director Jeff Lieberman had made some unique horror films previous to this one making this one the most mainstream and yet, very different to the mainstream at the same time. It is a good fun film with surprising acting performances to boot. The new spiffed up DVD version is worth a rent, the now collectors item Horror Classics version, now OOP is worth the hunt.
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