The Farm: More Weeds Than Scares In This Hillbilly Horror Movie

‘Hillbilly’ backwoods horror has been alive and kicking since before even The Texas Chainsaw Massacre shocked audiences. Arguably, you could go back to the 1968 cult movie, Spider Baby, starring Lon Chaney Jr, for the first real backwoods horror movie. From Motel Hell to Wrong Turn, horror gives each new generation of fans its own […]

Read More

Girls With Balls: Horror-Comedy Doesn’t Quite Spike Its Concept

Yes, this French movie is actually called Girls With Balls. That’s either the best thing – or worst thing – about this horror-comedy. Netflix released this French riff on ‘hillbilly horror‘ earlier in July. Based on the promotional materials, Girls With Balls is best described as Wrong Turn meets Mean Girls. Tonally, the movie looks […]

Read More

Desolation (2017) Is a Hike Worth Taking

Low-budget chiller from IFC Midnight and Blumhouse-graduate Sam Patton, Desolation made the rounds at a few film festivals. Now it’s found its way to Netflix without much fanfare. Despite it’s utterly fantastic retro-film poster, some viewers may be tempted to skip Desolation over due to its admittedly familiar premise. Fans of 1970’s horror, however, may […]

Read More

Don’t Go in the Woods: Five Obscure Backwoods Horror Films

The weather is warming up and the black flies will soon be distant memory. We’ve already had a long weekend and summer holidays are just around the corner. Families, college students, and teens will be hitting the highways for a weekend getaways to the great outdoors. Last week, in the latest entry of The Laboratory, […]

Read More

The ‘Rural Other’ in Backwoods Horror

John Boorman’s 1972 film Deliverance is considered a landmark achievement in cinema. Its story of four ‘big city’ friends stalked and assaulted by backwoods locals on a wilderness canoe trip earned multiple Golden Globe and Oscar nominations. While not a horror film, Deliverance played a significant role in popularizing one of horror’s most popular subgenres […]

Read More

Good Eats: Wrong Turn Delivered Comfort Food for Horror Fans

Fifteen years ago I dragged a girl I was dating to see Wrong Turn. She wasn’t a fan of horror movies. Needless to say we didn’t date for very long but I’ll always have Wrong Turn. The “redneck” slasher film that was part Texas Chainsaw Massacre and part Deliverance was released on May 30 2003. In […]

Read More

The Ritual (2017) Dares You to Go Into the Woods

Netflix continues to release a lot of genre content in 2018. To date, we have already seen The Open House, The Cloverfield Paradox, Before I Wake, and Altered Carbon debut on the streaming giant. Unfortunately, it’s been a rough go for horror fans with both The Open House and The Cloverfield Paradox underwhelming. Initial glimpses […]

Read More