Lace up those hiking boots, Fright Fans, as we venture into the woods with a DIDF of NOBODY SLEEPS IN THE WOODS TONIGHT (2020) and RED WOODS (2021).
**SPOILER & NSFW Warnings Up Front, Fright Fans!**
Through out the history of horror cinema, there have been many films, from the auspicious to the aspiring, that have used the directive of “Don’t” in their titles. This fraternity of fright includes such features as:
- Don’t Torture A Duckling (1972)
- Don’t Look Now (1973)
- Don’t Go In The Basement (1973)
- Don’t Go In The House (1979)
- Don’t Go In The Woods (1981)
- Don’t Breathe (2006) and Don’t Breathe 2 (2021)
There was such a plethora of them that Edgar Wright found it to be worthy of a mock trailer that was featured in 2007’s Grindhouse:
But in 2016, Shawn Burkett had the vision and the balls to put out a “Don’t” title that stood out of this crowd: Don’t Fuck In The Woods!
Every horror fan knows of the classic troupe of sins and vices (i.e., sex, drugs, etc.) that will make you a prime target to most killers and monsters in a horror movie. So why not just say so? The plot involves a group of college friends celebrating graduation by planning a weekend of debauchery in the woods, fueled by booze, weed, and hormones.
Our opening couple, Luke (Scott Gillespie) and Meg (Brandy Mason) get in the tent, and things become intense as a creature attacks out of the dark and mutilates them. This ended up being a bonus to the budget because Scott would be in the creature suit throughout the film!
We then meet the rest of the gang of grads, each helping to fill in some of the cliche’ archetypes we know and love. Efforts fail at first to locate Luke and Meg, but that doesn’t lessen the libidos as the sunsets. Turns out the creature is drawn by the scent of sex. Literally. And you’re not even safe to take matters into your own hands as a pervy hiker learned while spying on some of the ladies at a swimming hole.
From there, the film rolls on with an increasing body count, some fun pop culture winks and references, and as much gore as they could afford. With a runtime of just over an hour, I encourage you to check this out over on Tubi TV, especially if you are a fellow HoopToberer and need an “In The Woods” selection for your list.
If you wish to dive deeper into this one (and I do!), Shawn Burkett made a documentary about the film. The documentary is actually longer than the film and covers the controversy and issues created by going with this title.
Sadly, the documentary has only been out on the festival circuit and not available for streaming. But here’s hoping that changes soon. Because there’s also a sequel out there from 2018 that’s only on festival circuit, too! (The trailer is age restricted and only available on YouTube, or I would share it here.)
Don’t miss your chance to see this! Don’t forget to like and subscribe to this page and the podcast! Don’t forget to be a great human! And most of all . . .
DON’T FUCK IN THE WOODS!!!
Though we gotta say goodbye for the Summer (of Stephen), we wrap it up with the novella, APT PUPIL, and the film adaptation.
Make your lists and check them twice! This bonus episode of The Podcast Macabre helps kick off HoopTober 8.0 as special guest and Letterboxd challenge creator Cinemonster joins us to announce the viewing criteria for this year. Happy HoopTobering, Fright Fans!
(Update: Cinemonster’s list is live! Link below.)
HoopTober 8.0 Launch Episode: https://traffic.libsyn.com/secure/podcastmacabre/Hooptober_8_Launch_Final.mp3
Cinemonster’s List and Criteria on Letterboxd: https://boxd.it/cDGlW
Check out some suggested viewings on Amazon Prime, Hulu, Netflix, and Shudder in our Fall edition of Streaming Screams.
The Letterboxd Companion List: https://boxd.it/dbJPy
Buckle up for a road trip back to the drive-in for a double feature of DUEL (1971) and ALONE (2020).
Set the Wayback Machine for 1994, 1978, and 1666 as we guide you through the Fear Street Trilogy on Netflix.
The Podcast Macabre 2021 Horror Challenge on Letterboxd: https://boxd.it/94YJU
Summer of Stephen continues as we discuss the novella “Secret Window, Secret Garden” and the 2004 film adaptation, SECRET WINDOW.
(Poster by Chungkong Art)
We faced our own challenges (sorry for Chris’s mic quality!) as we puzzled our way through the entire SAW series in this Franchise Focus. Hope you enjoy this monster of an episode!
Tune into our latest Desert Island Picks episode as we each pick our top five horror films that we would try to make into a TV series.