Director – Shawn Burkett (Bludgeon, Betsy)
Starring – Kaylee Williams (Teacher Shortage, Leaf Blower Massacre 2), Brittany Blanton (Squatch’d, She Burns in Hell: Chapter 2), and Cheyenne Gordon (They See You, The Wicked One)
Release Date – 2022
Rating – 3.5/5
One of the coolest moments from my first year at Horror Society was when I befriended indie filmmaker Shawn Burkett while he was promoting his film Bludgeoned. I was looking around at different Facebook horror groups when I saw a post from him trying to stir up some noise for the film. I messaged the Facebook page for the film and was introduced to the film’s star Haley Jay Madison. I was soon introduced to my baby girl Shawn Burkett. I’ve followed Shawn and his fellow Concept Media found Ryan Stacy’s film career ever since. Concept Media has released quit the impressive filmography over the last decade but one film that has stood out is their creature feature Don’t Fuck in the Woods.
When they originally announced the film, I was expecting a blood and boob filled slasher but they threw a curve ball at me. The film is seriously one of the better indie monster movies that I have seen, and it was no surprise that a sequel would be announced after the film gained a following based on the title alone. I was sent a review copy of the sequel a year or two ago but was asked to hold off on posting my review. Some time has since passed and Shawn reached out to me to review the Wild Eye release of the film. As a fan of Concept Media and Wild Eye I knew I had to do it…even though I had written a review for this one already.
**Spoiler Alert** The film picks up with the lone survivor of the previous film as she finds her way through the woods into a camp that is preparing to open. The counselors are there early to prepare for the children without expecting a blood drenched woman in a bikini wondering into camp. They try to calm her down but when they realize that a few of them are missing they slowly suspect that the story she is telling about a monster may be true. **Spoiler Alert**
Don’t Fuck in the Woods is one of the handful of indie films that I often recommend to horror fans. Burkett may have went with the title for pure shock value but it sums up the plot perfectly and it’s one hell of a horror flick. The sequel is a great follow up that you don’t expect. This follow up has boobs, sex…in the woods, humor, and a spin on the creature from the first film. It’s a lot of fun but edgy horror fans will more than likely spend more time mocking the title than actually watching it.
The acting in this one is very well done. The characters are fairly cliched and generic, but the cast had a lot of fun with the roles. They really get into characters and you can really tell that everyone there is excited for the project. The energy is off the charts and the performances is what makes this one so much fun. Honestly, I need the extended footage Jason Crowe and Kaylee Williams in the tent.
The story for this one does not follow the predictable path that you would expect. Instead, we get a new spin on it where the counselors become infected and sex crazed with a thirst for blood. It does take a bit too long to get rolling and too much time is spent developing the characters. Don’t get me wrong, character development is crucial to any film’s plot but it doesn’t take half a film to establish who the slut, jock, party guy, and so on characters. A little bit of the first 45 minutes could have been trimmed down some to make the film flow better.
Finally, the film has some great make-up effects and a lot of blood. I really liked the look of the infected but a few of the deaths were a bit of a let down. I was expecting a little bit more from this one in regards to death. Overall, Don’t Fuck in the Woods 2 is the nude filled follow up you were expecting. If blood, boobs, and carnage is what you are looking for then look no further. Concept Media does it once again.