31 Days of Hell - Bonus Kill: Killbillies (Idyll) - Reviewed

The hills are alive with the sound of slaughter!!! In a case of 'what the F*#@! did I just watch?',  this Slovenian horror makes a brutal stateside debut on DVD.  

Cut from the same cloth as Wrong Turn, Wolf Creek, and The Hills Have Eyes, this cheap ass genre flick rocks out some totally disturbing slice and dice scenes, head mashing trauma, and a depressing tale of terror that pits a group of photogs and models against mutated hillbillies from the abandoned countryside. Borrowing heavily from almost every death jaunt horror flick under the sun, Killbillies renders a grotesque tale of female survival that's just big dumb fun for freaks like myself. Skulls are smashed. Limbs are lopped off. Chicks run through the forest and dark corridors seeking mercy from pair of freakish rednecks with a taste for brain matter. What's not to love here, people?

Killbillies is nothing new or original but it's so dark and deeply perverted that I really can't say not to watch it this Halloween. This is one of those horror movies that makes great use of it's low quality camerawork and nearly nonexistent budget. The makeup effects are viciously horrendous, but that only adds to the charm of this Artsploitation release. Honestly, I can't believe I'm suggesting to watch this thing. It's really not a 'good movie' at all. But, this is what horror used to be about. This is brainless kill food for a starving audience ready to lap up a delicious serving of gore and blood. What's wrong with me? Damn it. I loved this movie.

Bro. Let me fix your face for you. 

Using a bit of humor, some dry wit, and a tone that often times feels like Hostel blended with Cabin Fever and a bit of Texas Chainsaw, there are tasty bits for everyone to enjoy here. A girl runs through the woods trying to escape her captor. Check. The bad guys have sexual perversion on the brain. Check. The flick gets it done in under 90 minutes. Check. What's not to love here? Taking us back to a time when horror was about the kill shot and the 'final girl', Killbillies hits on the typical notes that feel like a return to form for the genre. Is it perfect? Hell no. But what it does get right feels so good that I'd like to see them get some positive credit for their creation. 

If you're one of those junkies looking for a shot of adrenaline and guts, Killbillies will get you off. Artsploitation Films did the right thing by picking this movie up. This is a foreign speaking Wrong Turn for an audience that reads subtitles. Check it out. But don't eat dinner first. There's some raw scenery that might turn your gut inside out. 

Get some!