Don’t Go in the Woods is a magical musical horror movie that is a must see for fans of the slasher genre.
Another woods themed slasher movie? Not exactly. While I am not a fan of musicals, it is woven into the story in such a way that does not slap you in the face with it (O.K., I might be persuaded to agree that the Je T’aime number could have been cut). The premise revolves around an up and coming band looking to get away from distraction in order to write new songs. Much of the musical numbers are incorporated into this mission to write songs, incorporating them naturally.
Subtle comedy permeates the film, such as when Robbie (Nick Thorp) invites the band to “follow the blind guy”, and with the intro song performed by actor and director Vincent D’Onofrio. The comedic elements of the plot distract the viewer from the reality of the trajectory of the cast. This helps to hammer in the climax.
Key character Nick (Matt Sbeglia) serves as self-imposed band leader of the group. While in the film he shares the songwriting and singing spotlight with fellow bandmates, in actual fact, the majority of the bands’ songs are sung by Sbeglia. It is unknown whether the lip synching actors were terrible singers, or if Sbeglia’s “sound” worked better to brand the songs as being the sound of the band.
A survival of the fittest tale, Don’t Go in the woods features genre specific deaths, as well as new forms of sadism. While not a life changing movie in terms of its depth, it has become a classic for fans.