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* FinalGirl: Nancy. [[spoiler: But only because she is captured instead, and [[DownerEnding the film ends]] many months later [[ChildByRape where it is shown that she gave birth to the killer's child]]]].

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* FinalGirl: Nancy. [[spoiler: But only because she is captured instead, and [[DownerEnding the film ends]] many months later [[ChildByRape where it is shown that revealed she gave birth to the killer's child]]]].


* CompletelyDifferentTitle: In Norway, the film was titled ''The Axeman'' (''Øksemannen'') when it was released on video.

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A SlasherMovie from 1984.

In 1948, a forest fire rages. In 1980, [[DontGoInTheWoods the same forest]] sees several campers being killed as they venture there.

!!This film has the examples of:

* AnAxeToGrind: As the tagline puts it, "Its not human and its got an axe!", but the axe is only put to use against the couple in the opening.
* BaldOfEvil: When the killer is finally shown on camera, he's bald.
* CaughtInASnare: As Bobbi and Nancy run from the killer, Bobbi steps on a snare which swings her headfirst on to a tree, killing her.
* CirclingVultures: Mark discovers Gail's decomposing corpse after he notices several vultures pecking on something obstructed by nature.
* CompletelyDifferentTitle: In Norway, the film was titled ''The Axeman'' (''Øksemannen'') when it was released on video.
* FinalGirl: Nancy. [[spoiler: But only because she is captured instead, and [[DownerEnding the film ends]] many months later [[ChildByRape where it is shown that she gave birth to the killer's child]]]].
* FlashbackEcho: The killer flashes back to the forest fire from the opening twice when he is about to kill.
* GhostStory: The six couples fry fish around campfire and tell scary stories, including a version of ''Literature/TheMonkeysPaw''.
* HeartbeatSoundtrack: Killer's POV shots are accompanied by the sound of heartbeat.
* KnifeNut: After the opening, the killer uses mostly his hands and a knife.
* NeckSnap: The killer grabs Skipp from behind, and twists his neck around.
* NoNameGiven: The killer is never referred to by name, and the credits only call him The Monster.
* OffWithHisHead: Mary hears her husband Frank scream and runs back to their camp to see what's wrong. He is found decapitated, and she gets an axe to her skull.
* RedRightHand: Being caught in the forest fire left the killer with grey skin and a scarred face.
* TheReveal: Fifty minutes in, the forest fire from the opening is expanded upon by Lester, revealing that [[spoiler:it killed bunch of UsefulNotes/{{Romani}} huddled in their homecave, and only one badly burnt boy survived it]].
* SlashedThroat: As Greg strikes a match to lit his lantern, a hand appears from the darkness and tores his throat.

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