Friday, 12 October 2012

31 Days Of Horror - Day 12: The Hills Run Red (2009)

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A group of young horror fans go searching for a film that mysteriously vanished years ago but instead find that the demented killer from the movie is real.


Like I've stated many times before, I love the slasher genre. With "The Hills Run Red" I thought I was going to get your typical run of the mill slasher movie, nothing special just maybe some bad acting and kills.....Oh how I was wrong.


We are introduced to 'Tyler', a guy who has become obsessed with finding a film that was considered by those who saw it to be the scariest movie ever made. He sets out to make a documentary of his journey to find the film and finally see it for himself. This was actually a storyline I can relate to because I'm determined to see the holy grail of lost Horror, "London After Midnight", as are many other Horror fans so to be given a glimpse of hope you know you'd do anything for that chance.

This movie actually took two years to get made and was actually made in Bulgaria, a-lot of studios film abroad as it's cheaper and the laws can be more relaxed. I have to say the film doesn't seem low budget, Director Dave Parker had a great cast and crew which really helps and he definitely knows his audience. He gives the film that diamond in the rough feel which I have always been a sucker for.


Like I said the film has a great cast, a-lot of people were sceptical about the addition of Sophie Monk but I have to say she puts in a great performance and she truly impressed me, for you who are curious yes she does go topless (you'd be surprised how many times I get asked about nudity in films). We also have the addition of William Sadler who is great as always (most of you may remember him as 'Death' in "Bill And Ted's Bogus Journey") he takes great direction and takes his character and runs with it.

The effects in the film are great, the gore factor is ramped up very high but what else from you expect from this type of film?! A film can be great but a bad killer can ruin it, luckily our killer in "The Hills Run Red", 'Babyface' is fantastic and I see him becoming a cult character in the near future.


I really enjoyed this film and think it's a great addition to the slasher genre, it's a definite worth-wile watch and hopefully you'll enjoy it as much as I did.

If you want to see "The Hills Run Red" trailer then just click on the video below:


Miscellaneous facts about the film:

Five fifty-five gallon drums of fake blood were used for the scene in which the hills run red with blood.

Director Dave Parker was the hand double for Babyface for several shots in the film.

The movie theater sequence at the start of the movie was shot on the first day of production.

William Sadler was the first and only choice to play Concannon.

A sequence with Babyface raping Serina was filmed, but ultimately cut from the final finished version of the movie.

Director Dave Parker wanted to use the song "Babyface" in the opening credits, but couldn't get the rights to said song.

The original script had overt references to various popular horror films.

William Sadler came up with the idea for the sunglasses Concannon wears in the movie.

Lalo was named Laszlo in an earlier draft of the script. Laszlo was eventually changed to Lalo because the film-makers thought Laszlo was too European.

Director Dave Parker didn't meet the principal cast members until two days prior to the shooting of the picture.

The farmhouse set was actually leftover from a previous movie.

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