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Backwoods (1987)

A hillbilly father and his idiot son terrorize and murder campers.


Dean Crow


Dean Crow (story), Charles Joseph




Complete credited cast:
Christine Noonan Christine Noonan ... Karen
Jack O'Hara Jack O'Hara ... William, the Geek
Brad Armacost Brad Armacost ... Jamie
Dick Kreusser Dick Kreusser ... Eben
Leslie Denise Leslie Denise ... Beth
Gary Lott Gary Lott ... Ranger
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While camping in a remote part of the forest, Jamie and his girlfriend Karen meet a strange, backwoods local man named Eben and his young daughter, Beth. When Jaime saves Beth's life, Eben insists on giving the two campers a good, square meal. Not wanting to seem disrespectful, the two campers reluctantly agree to follow Eben back to his home. But there they meet Eben's brain-damaged son William, whose obsession with Karen's long, black hair leads to a nightmarish sequence of events that will change Jamie's and Karen's lives forever. Written by David Helvering

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A secret hidden by time that will reap its horrible revenge.


Horror | Thriller


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Did You Know?


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Jamie: Great, Karen. Just great.
Karen: What's that supposed to mean?
Jamie: Just what we needed. Camping with the Addams Family.
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Crazy Credits

Title card before end credits: "GEEK (gek) (See more »


References The Addams Family (1964) See more »

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Oh no!! Not Kentucky mountain hillbillies again!
14 September 2004 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

It's a shame that this lovely site doesn't feature a poster image of this 'Geek', a.k.a Backwoods. The VHS copy I rented showed a mad-raving freak, waving around a butcher's hatchet. It attracts horror lovers and, in all honesty, I have to admit that the cover motivated me to rent it without knowing anything about it. Big mistake, of course! Backwoods stands as one of the lousiest pieces of trash I ever beheld…and that does mean something! This film is a bloodless 80's slasher and that's about the worst idea possible. The makers clearly intended to bring tension and dept instead of blood and gore but they failed miserably. After an hour of viewing, you still haven't seen any of the cast-members dying (unless you think decapitated chickens are gruesome). What other reasons do you have for seeing a slasher besides teen-butchering??? The heart-breaking story about a lone Kentucky farmer and his deranged son? The thrilling adventures of a young couple camping? The only aspect worth mentioning is the eerie opening/end credits song. The slowly sung and chilling lyrics give you the wrong impression that you're about to watch a good film. Check out 'Deliverance', 'The Texas Chainsaw Massacre', 'Just before Dawn', 'The Hills have Eyes' or even Rick Roessler's 'Slaughterhouse' instead! Anything but this turkey!

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Release Date:

5 April 1988 (USA) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Indiana, USA

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Overlook Films Ltd. See more »
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