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Title:
Stay Out of Dutchman's Woods
Plot:
While picnicking in the woods of Maine, a young couple on vacation are separated and become hopelessly lost. The woman makes her way back to civilization, while the man encounters the forest's beautiful enchantress.
Episode:
0363
Air Dates:
First Run - October 16, 1975
Repeat - March 13, 1976
Repeat - December 19, 1980
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15 Responses to Episode 0363


This was the first time I've heard this one. It kept you wondering right up to the end how they would get back together. The final moment gave me a shiver

A young couple drives to Southern Maine for a fall vacation stay at a small inn. As they approach the remote inn the man admires the nearby forest and tells his wife he would like for the two of them to go for a hike the next day. When the couple ask the innkeeper and his wife to prepare for them a picnic lunch to take on their hike, they are advised to "stay out of Dutchman's Woods." They don't listen and laugh off the warnings. Late that evening the young wife turns up at the inn alone not knowing the whereabouts of her husband. And away you go...

A couple on vacation decide to picnic in the nearby woods even after the caretaker of the lodge warns them against it. They get separated and hopelessly lost. The husband comes upon a strange, beautiful young woman who seems to have a mysterious power over him. Will they become two more in the long list of people to disappear forever in the depths of Dutchman's Woods? An effective moody story that brings the Greek notion of the siren ( a woman whose voice had mysterious power over men) into a modern setting. Genre: Occult

A couple vacationing in Maine go on a picnic in the woods. They become lost and eventually separated. She finds her way back, he finds and enchantress.

A man walks through and old cemetary and his body is captured by a malovent spirit who is searching for his lost lover somewhere in the old New England town.

A pretty good ghost story with realistic characters.

A married couple go exploring in Dutchman's Woods, despite the warnings of the manager of the inn where they are staying. They get lost and the husband finds himself under the spell of a strange woman.

A couple vacationing in a remote area are keen to explore the woods despite warnings from the locals. It appears that those who enter are never heard from again... particularly if they are male.

Yes, this was a good one. Hadn't heard it before. Kept me guessing until the end!

You are exactly right with leaving the terror to the mind. And it is exactly why I love these shows so much (especially at night). I recently saw the Strangers and can tell you the best part of the movie was the times they scared you without showing anything or minimal, such as the figure standing in the shadows just watching Liv Tyler (reminded me of Hitchcock). Also as soon as the gore entered the movie (there wasn't much), I immediately thought that is what's wrong with "horror" today. One of the best parts of the Blair Witch, I thought, was when they thought they heard a baby and you could faintly hear some crying. That stirs up all kinds of images and keeps stirring them up even after you are home safe in your bed. If you want blood and gore just watch the medical channel on cable. If you want great terror, keep listening to OTR.

I remember taping this one off the radio when I was 13. It was a stormy winter night (12/19/80) which really added to the atmosphere of the story. This episode is a fine example of how radio shows have a distinct edge over T.V. and movies--a few sound effects, some well delivered lines by talented actors and viola!-- instant gothic horror. This one has all the elements for it-- young love and an older, more mature love (The innkeepers) and an alluring, seductive "succubus" (Joan Lorring-- one of RMT's best resident "witches" --really the first--with her apperance in just the 7th broadcast as an actual witch in "I Warn You Three Times"). The ending with the horrified screams is just perfect! Speaking of "The Blair Witch Project" -- I've always enjoyed that movie, especially 'cause it borrows one of the most important-- if not THE most important -- element of radio-- all the terror is left completely to the "Theater of the Mind". All the supernatural aspects are created by the viewer's imagination. I thought it was a clever film-- if for no other reason than that. More horror films should take a cue from it. Until Next Time..................

Enjoyed listening to this one. I started off just listening to the first couple of minutes, but I couldn't tear myself away and sat there till the end credits. Long before the Blair Witch, there were creepy things going on out in the woods, it seems. A good example of how much more atmospheric these sorts of stories are on radio where you don't have to worry about making trees look menacing on camera. And the writer had the good sense not to go with one of those irritating twist endings ("She's dead" "No I'm not" "Yes you are" "No I'm not".....)

The title of this episode is one of the best chatch phrases ever for cbsrmt fans. If anyone asks you for some advice you no longer have to say "Look both ways before crossing the street."

My favorite witch episode is "I Warn You Three Times"; this show may rank second. The enigmatic warning issued by the husband, without specifics, reminds me of "An American Werewolf in London". In the film, the Americans visit an inn and receive weird looks; after they leave, the men are sent out to find the boys who, of course, end up getting attacked by a werewolf. The maze in "The Shining" also came to mind when the couple became lost in the woods. The shrieks at the end of the show rank as a great RMT moment. The actor portraying the witch has (had) a great voice with a seductive quality that was perfect for this character (as well as ...Three Times). Once again I am amazed by the number of quality shows RMT produced. There are literally hundreds of solid, entertaining shows, in addition to the classics (such as "Carmilla"). In retrospect, I am surprised there were not more clunkers. As we have discussed before, there were a number of RMTs that featured witches. Other than murder mysteries, it may have been the most popular theme for RMTs, except possibly for space aliens. It would be interesting to see a table breaking down plots by type for RMT. I only wish there had been more vampire/werewolf related stories.

This is a fun show all around. Strange, I thought the title was familiar and that I had heard it before, but actually it was new to me. A goofy kind of story that has a little bit of something for everybody. A young couple in love and supportive of each other, the worldly-wise older couple who warn of dangers and help rescue the young-uns, a creepy seductive ghost, a magical tailisman that comes into play . . . the final "screechs" are really quite chilling! And the ghost is really rather scarey and cool, which makes her persona all the more interesting. Perhaps not a classic RMT, but if this show is an example of their "weaker" offerings, then it's easy to see why the RMT ran for so many years.

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