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-> ''Don't go out in the woods tonight, you probably will be thrilled\\
Don't go out in the woods tonight, you probably will be killed\\
There's a friendly beast, who lurks about\\
And likes to feast, you won't get out\\
Without being killed, and chopped up in little pieces''
-->-- '''The Credits Song'''

''Don't Go in the Woods'' (which sometimes has ''... Alone!'' tacked on to the end of it) is an infamously inept 1981 SlasherMovie and [[VideoNasties Video Nasty]], and the TropeNamer for DontGoInTheWoods.

The plot, as it were, depicts two couples (Craig and Joanie, and Peter and Ingrid) heading into the wilderness near an unnamed town, intent on camping out over the weekend (to the chagrin of Peter, who thought by "camping out" his friends meant "get a cozy cabin somewhere"). As the quartet hike through the beautiful countryside, a grizzled and deranged mountain man (simply credited as "Maniac" and called "the Wild Man" in one scene) who lives in a hidden, dilapidated cabin begins picking off random people who happen to be in the forest. The Maniac's preferred weapon is a big, homemade spear.

Along with the usual hikers and campers, victims also include a bird watcher, a pair of tourists, a honeymooning couple, an artist, a fisherman, and a lone man in a wheelchair.

As the maniac is running amok, the four main characters soon realize something is wrong. They become scattered after Craig is murdered, forcing them to fight for survival in the dangerous wild on their own.

Meanwhile the local sheriff -- after putting off investigating the numerous missing persons reports filed as of late -- begins looking into the disappearances. Although it may be too late...

The film recieved a special edition DVD release by Code Red in 2006, after being in VHS Hell for several years. The release came with a variety of special features, such as two commentaries, an hour-long featurette composed of interviews with those involved with the production, old TV spots, and much more. In 2009, Code Red put this release back out as a part of double feature with the similarly-themed ''The Forest''.

[[Music/{{CKY}} Deron Miller]] is a big fan of this film, to the point that he participated in the commentaries of the aforementioned DVD.


!! If you go down to the woods today, you're sure for a big surprise...:

* AccidentalMurder: Peter stabbing a hiker, mistaking him for the killer.
* AllThereInTheManual: The trailer reveals the first victim's name is Alma.
* AllThereInTheScript: The credits state Joanie's full name is Joanne.
* AnArmAndALeg: The bird watcher loses an arm.
* AnAxeToGrind: The maniac had one, which the baby he took plays with.
%%* AnticipatoryBreathSpray: Deputy Benson.
%%* AutoErotica: Cherry and Dick.
%%* AxCrazy
%%* BadassBeard: The maniac.
%%* BareYourMidriff: The roller skater.
* BatmanGambit: The maniac leaves a trinket-covered stick lying near a hiker, who grabs it. When Peter hears the hiker approaching thanks to the jingling stick, he lashes out, and accidentally kills him.
* BattleCouple: Peter and Ingrid kill the maniac together, stabbing him what was probably over a dozen times each.
* BazaarOfTheBizarre: The maniac's junk-filled cabin.
* BearTrap: The fisherman gets one to the face.
* BigBad: The maniac in the woods.
%%* BigNo
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:The maniac is dead, but the baby he took is left alone in the woods.]]
* BladeOnAStick: The maniac's main weapon.
%%* BloodFromTheMouth: Dick, and the artist.
* BloodIsSquickerInWater: Alma falls into a stream, which turns red around her.
* BreastAttack: While the maniac is hacking away at Joanie with a machete, he hits her in the breasts a few times.
* BrokenHeel: Alma trips several times.
* BuryYourDisabled: A guy in a wheelchair, who apparently decided it would be a good idea to go out hiking unassisted, gets decapitated.
%%* CarpetOfVirility: Dick.
* CarryABigStick: Peter and Joanie grab big branches for defense.
%%* CatapultNightmare: Experienced by Peter.
* CaughtInASnare: A pair of campers, and Joanie (though that time was courtesy of Craig).
%%* ChaseScene
%%* CluelessDeputy: Deputy Benson.
%%* CoolShades
* CreatorCameo: Several members of the crew (including the writer) appear as background characters, or victims.
* CuriosityKilledTheCast: After Cherry glimpses something, Dick goes out to take a look around, and is attacked.
%%* DaylightHorror: Most of the murders.
* DevelopingDoomedCharacters: The random murders are interspersed with our four main characters doing... whatever.
* DolledUpInstallment: The film is known as ''Film/{{The Forest|1982}} 2'' in Australia.
* DontGoInTheWoods: People go into the woods (sometimes alone), and get killed. Also, the film is a TropeNamer.
* DramaticWind: Used when the sheriff reaches the killer's cabin.
* DullSurprise: Excessive dubbing doesn't help much.
* EveryCarIsAPinto: Dick and Cherry's van gets knocked over, causing it to burst into flames with Cherry still inside.
%%* EvilLaugh
%%* FairCop: Deputy Benson.
* {{Fingore}}: While Craig is setting a trap, Joanie activates it, causing a rock to fall on his fingers.
%%* GhostStory: Told by Craig.
* {{Gasshole}}: Craig:
--> "Do you... smell something? Strange, sickening... awful?"
* GenreSavvy: "Killer like this you probably won't get with one shot."
%%* {{Gorn}}
%%* HeroesWantRedheads: Peter and Ingrid.
* HeWhoFightsMonsters: Peter and Ingrid go psychotic on the maniac, stabbing him over and over again, only stopping when they notice the sheriff and his posse have surrounded them, guns at the ready.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Ingrid kills the maniac with his own machete.
%%* HospitalHottie: Doctor Maggie.
* ImAHumanitarian: The maniac takes some bodies back to his cabin, indicating this.
* ImprobableUseOfAWeapon: The fisherman gets a bear trap ''thrown'' into his face.
* InfantImmortality: Turns out the maniac didn't kill the artist's baby, but took her. Unfortunately, he dies, leaving no one aware of this.
** Another interpertation - with the baby playing with the Axe, that this is just the cycle continuing. That in 20 years time instead of a wildman running around killing people, we'll have a wildwoman running around killing people.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: Happens to the artist, while she's being stabbed over and over again.
* JurisdictionFriction:
** "Stop messing in county business, Jesse. The sheriff will take care of everything outside the city limits. We're city, he's county."
** "Just got a call from the national guard. No copter. They say it's county business, gotta take care of it ourselves."
* KensingtonGore: Most of the blood was a mix of barbeque sauce and red food coloring.
* LazyBum: What the sheriff initially comes off as.
* LyricalDissonance: The song at the top of the page plays alongside incredibly cheesy muzak done in the style of "Teddy Bear's Picnic".
* MacheteMayhem: Joanie, and the maniac's deaths comes from the blade of a machete.
%%* MountainMan
%%* MurdererPOV
%%* NiceHat
%%* NoNameGiven: Most of the characters.
* NoPeripheralVision: Some people playing in the water fail to notice Dale's corpse land a few feet away from them.
* OfficeGolf: Played by the sheriff.
* OffWithHisHead: The wheelchair hiker's death.
* OnceIsNotEnough: Though that is quickly rectified.
%%* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Peter.
* PeekABooCorpse: While in the maniac's cabin, Peter and Ingrid set off a trap that sends Craig's corpse swinging towards them; later, Joanie runs into a strung up corpse at a trashed campsite. And finally, while exploring the maniac's cabin, Joanie's body falls onto the sheriff.
%%* ThePigPen: The maniac.
%%* PornStache: Officer Jesse, and the sheriff.
%%* ReactionShot
%%* RealMenWearPink: Dale and Peter.
* RedShirt: The woods are crawling with them, providing bodycount fodder for the killer.
* SceneryPorn: One point in the film's favour is that the shots of the forest are actually quite beautiful.
%%* ScreamDiscretionShot
%%* SerialKiller
%%* SexySoakedShirt: Joanie and Ingrid.
%%* TheSheriff
%%* ShirtlessScene: Craig and Peter.
%%* SoundOnlyDeath
* TitleDrop: "Don't Go in the Woods Alone? Yeah, always bring somebody along... to carry your pack!"
* TokenMinority: The police department secretary, and one of the sleeping bag victims (or both, it's hard to tell).
* TorchesAndPitchforks: An angry mob, led by the sheriff and Deputy Benson, is assembled to hunt the maniac down.
%%* WeaponOfChoice: A spear.
%%* WhoWearsShortShorts
* VigilanteExecution: Rather than leave things up to the authorities, Peter and Ingrid decide to take on the maniac themselves.
%%* VideoNasty
* TheVoiceless: The maniac, who only roars, growls, and laughs.