Just Before Dawn (1981)
Director: Jeff Lieberman
Main Stars: George Kennedy, Mike Kellin, Chris Lemmon, Gregg Henry, Deborah Benson, Ralph Seymour, Katie Powell, Jamie Rose
Storyline: A group of young people got some property and want to check it out. After being advised of a machete wielding maniac they still go for the weekend.
Review (Spoils): Park ranger Roy McLean (George Kennedy) warned the kids multiple times but still the young group take their van deep into the backwoods. Not sure why we have an odd mix of couples but these films love the third wheel guy.
So we have typical warnings, some skinny dipping, machete in the nuts, hillbillies, machete to the hand, some stabbings, some bad make-up and the classic fist in the mouth scene. We have everything that you would want in a bad acting redneck inbreed film.
Rating: This film screams total influence to The Wrong Turn and it does not do too badly of a job of it even though the warnings and some of the character actions are whacked. Sure it’s your typical storyline for the hillbillies in the woods films but it was one of the first next to The Hills Have Eyes. But the film has its own twists and leaves the audience with a bit of cliff hanger.