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BACKWOODS (DVD/WS)HORROR A GROUP OF FRIENDS EMBARK ON A CAMPING TRIP FOR A TEN-YEAR HIGH SCHOOL REUNION. THEIR CELEBRATION SOON TURNS INTO A BATTLE FOR SURVIVAL WHEN THEY REALIZE THAT THE LOCALS, WHO ARE NOT WHAT THEY SEEM, ARE HUNTING THEM DOWN.HAYLIE DUFF RYAN MERRIMAN
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I wasn't sure what to make of the name Tom Alan Smithee being given to a character (and a minor character, at that). As most B-movie buffs know, "Alan Smithee" is the name film directors use when they know they've made a real stinker and don't want their real names associated with the project.Read more ›
I would consider this to be a generic film with standard eye candy, plot, and acting and on the minus side of the blood and gore. Dead animals don't count.
Parental Guide: 2 f-bombs. No sex or nudity. Women are apparently tied up to be raped, but it is off camera.
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I wasn't sure what to make of the name Tom Alan Smithee being given to a character (and a minor character, at that). As most B-movie buffs know, "Alan Smithee" is the name film directors use when they know they've made a real stinker and don't want their real names associated with the project. Maybe the character name is just a coincidence, but the fact that Smithee and his girlfriend turn up on Missing posters as having last been seen on February 30 seems to indicate that the script writer may have had a sense of humor about the whole thing. (Unfortunately, these in-jokes are the only creative aspects of the entire film.)
So our stereotypical characters all go out to the middle of nowhere to play paintball, hone their "executive tactics," and have their teamwork skills reviewed by their obnoxious boss. Being hot-shot executives and all, they happily set up camp in what they know is a restricted area that used to house some sort of military installation. The one unhappy camper among them soon notices all of the obvious evidence that they're not alone, but no one wants to listen to his party pooping warnings. The next thing you know, the gang is besieged by a group of religious fanatics who proceed to beat the crap out of the six guys while preparing the two females for use in increasing the local nutjob population.
Backwoods was apparently produced for Spike TV, so don't expect to see much in the way of blood and gore. (Needless to say, there's no nudity whatsoever.) Some old-fashioned traps make the chase scenes through the forest somewhat interesting, but I pretty much relied on Haylie Duff's hotness to get me through the film's 80 minute runtime (although I must admit I got quite a kick out of watch a mortally wounded techie put on an amazing show of shooting bad guys without even aiming.) If you're a horror fan, Backwoods is certainly a watchable film, but you won't see anything here you haven't seen before.
Haylie Duff gives a believable performance as one of the girls that go on a paintball excursion with a group of co workers for a workshop in leadership and team work. After they settle in for the night at there camp they are attacked and taken to a cult community and put in cages .The men are set to be slaughtered and the women to be bedded by the breeder.A huge ugly looking mutant who serves as stud service for the savage hillbilly cult that have made a home in a remote part of the "Backwoods"
Danny Nucci whom I love turns up in this indie slasher and his acting is always up to par playing a cocky jokester.
Deborah Van Valkenburg gives a chilling performance as the mother of the cult .You might remember her from her stint in the 80's sitcom "Too Close For Comfort"and she was also one of the prostitutes in The Devils Rejects.
I like this movie because it has all the elements I like in a slasher although it could have used more gore but that didn't
diminish my enjoyment of the film.The main thing I loved about it was that the captives don't remain helpless victims and just get tortured "although that can be fun too"..There is quite the battle for survival and some great avenging moments.
Is it original ? not exactly but the formula is still fun and one I as a slasher fan always enjoy.The one where people wander into the woods,run into some crazy backwoods clan with their own set of rules and morals and they're usually not conducive to the health of the trespasser.It's non stop action from beginning to end.
Finally, we have a decent reason for ppl being out in the woods instead of them just randomly deciding to go there or the usual running out of gas. And finally there's an actual legitimate story behind why the ppl are crazy in the first place. The group is a bunch of young business ppl who go on a paintball retreat for the weekend in what they think is some kind of National Park. The ppl that live in this area are still stuck in some kind of time warp where they believe the government is out to do them harm.
One of the guys walks around with a hat on that says FBI so the ppl that live there think that's who the group is. It's not long before they start their next day to do their paintball thing when they realize strange things happening around them. They soon realize something's not right and decide to leave. That's when everything starts happening.
However, the "backwoods" ppl aren't running around randomly trying to kill everybody just because they can. They don't want to harm the women. There's sort of a 'Mother Earth' figure who leads things and believes the women need to be part of their circle to breed. I won't say much more and give it all away but finally a good backwoods story that has meaning for the ppl being there and meaning for why they're being targets.
It's actually a really good movie, good acting, good storyline, and everything comes together when it should. I'm glad I added it to my collection.
As part of a job evaluation, the executive staff of a computer gaming company is divided into two teams, for a paintball battle in the forest. The two groups drive out into the backwoods of North Carolina, and setup separate camp sites. The next day, the war game begins, but while out hunting each other, the paintballers are attacked and captured, by members of a religious cult living in the woods, and dragged back to their camp.
Deborah van Valkenburg (Too Close For Comfort) is the matriarch of the forest clan. She determines if female prisoners are suitable for `breeding', with her ugly hulk of a son, Josiah (Robert `Bonecrusher' Mukes). The forest people are engaged in the manufacturer of illegal drugs, and fear the attention of law enforcement. Believing that the outsiders are FBI agents, the male prisoners are beaten, and tortured.
Killing some of their captors, the surviving male prisoners, led by Perry (Danny Nucci) and Adam (Ryan Merriman), manage to get free and do some damage. Making a break, they are able to free their companions, Lee (Haylie Duff) and Maggie (Mimi Michaels), and flee into the woods, with the clan close behind. The film's most memorable instance of graphic violence, involving a trap with sharpened wooden spikes, is also one of the most humorous. It is amazing how well someone can shoot, when impaled on a set of spikes.
The writing is not great, particularly the dialog. Many of the victims are not too bright, or very likeable. Story development is not a strong point, and the ending is pretty weak. There is some decent use of outdoor locations, and a couple of nasty kills, but nothing that really distinguishes the film from others in the genre. While perhaps pushing the edge for a TV movie, this film isn't in the same extreme category as some feature films. If your taste in horror runs along the lines of a diluted, dumbed-down version of `Wrong Turn', you might want to give this a try.
The little differences in this movie, made it pretty good when compared to similar films. I am a huge fan of young unknowns in these types of films. Too many killers in such films can dilute the concentration of the viewers, just as too many victims can. The "survival in the woods" theme is always a plus. Doubt if their will be a sequel , buit this was worth buying.