Hills Run Red

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  1. Grim

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    Yeah the no blu bit already made me decide to hold off. I'm sure we'll see an uncut version someday.
     
  2. rxfiend

    rxfiend Joe Six-Pack

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    When did WB decided to stop releasing unrated discs? Will this affect New Line releases?
     
  3. CaptHowdy

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    No Blu Ray, no sale. I'll give it a rent, though.
     
  4. Grim

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    Like I said, I think I'm gonna call bullshit. They already have the NBK director's cut coming up and I'm sure others will pop up.
     
  5. MisterTwister

    MisterTwister The Schlock King

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    I loved it. It was gory enough and quite brutal and had no problem with the CGI used for some of the kills. I thought the tree kill was badass.lls

    Storyline was very interesting, cast was great (Sophie Monk was hot in this) and Babyface was awesome. I want a sequel with him!

    One of the best I've seen this year and wouldn't mind watching it again.
     
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    i had very high expectations due to the positive advance reviews. I liked THE HILLS RUN RED, but I guess i expected something a bit different. By the time the film was over, I felt like i had seen it all before, a feeling I have all to much these days when it comes to modern horror. Take a few parts Blair Witch, and mix in TCM and Wrong Turn, with a dash of Carpenter's Master's Of Horror episode, Cigarette Burns, and you have The Hills Run Red. Not a bad movie, and quite well done, just wish it had been a little more original.
     
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    Watched it last night and wasnt impressed. The CGI sucked hard and the story started out interesting but fell apart toward the end. The biggest flaw with the script had to be the whole love triangle between the three main characters. It's blatantly obvious that Tad Hilgenbrink's character is well aware that his girlfriend and best friend have a love affair going on and its NEVER confronted! Why even bother throwing that in there if it will not add to the tension/drama of the story. Pointless I must say. Even worst was William Sadler being underutilized, he's a great actor and was the best part of the film, yet he was in it no more then 10 mins. Good for a rent but not the balls to the wall horror film some are making it out to be.

    overall: 6/10
     
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    I haven't seen this yet, but I will rent it. It may have been a more balls to the wall presentation if not for Warner's apparent new "No unrated" policy. I will buy NOTHING from them until this pathetic situation is remedied!!!
     
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    OK,despite my rants,I bit the bullet and nabbed this one,due to the positive response it seems to have generated even in its truncated form. I must say......

    Yeah.It..pretty much sucked.Unrated or not, there's nothing that could drag this one out of the depths of "blah".Sorry I wasted so much time fretting about snipped material,at least now there's less of it to suck.

    Interesting premise,as others have said,(I didn't see "Cigarette Burns",but it did channel Molly Ringwald opus "Cut"),but the deaths were supremely under-whelming,the acting blew, (Sophie Monk's over-inflated lips were almost as distracting as her semiconscious line readings) and the constant influx of S and M imagery was ridiculous for a so-called throwback to slashers of a bygone era....Pulp Fiction called,Mr. Parker-it wants its ballgag back.

    I expected a stalk-and-slash,one-by-one body count bonanza...only to find that the action I was searching for took place only a video screen the characters were watching.That's right,the flick within a flick, ("the Hills Run Red"- clever,huh?) was what this snooze-fest shoulda been.The rest of the time,characters were blundering around the woods,being much too loud to be hiding from an axe-brandishing maniac,and looking far too unconcerned.The half-baked,cinema verite approach (a.k.a.torture porn) really sunk it.


    Bringing into the proceedings uninspired characters that remained cardboard cutouts, despite the time put into "fleshing" them out?And that potentially-gore-riffic scene oft-discussed on the 'Net (tree vivisection,I'm talking to you)... yeah,also part of the film Tad Hilgenbrinck is scrambling to track down,not the one we're supposed to care about.So the death loses any impact it might have had,because there's no character having it actually done to them-its in the "lost slasher" again.Eighty minutes of those grainy kills would've been preferable to this.

    There're so many things wrong with this dreck,and not enough to save it.As a slasher fan,my expectations are notoriously-low,(frequent baring of boobs, copious blood,and cool killer are all I ask)...this one had all the ingredients,yet like Nispel's latest million $ mutilation of classic horror (F13th),it managed to take the wrong path in the woods, and chop its own head off.

    Warner Bros,shove your convenient "No Unrated" policy right back up your ass,because in this case,you fools did me a solid.1 out of four busted heads (for the tree kill,which somehow rocked).
     
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  10. old-boo-radley

    old-boo-radley They stay the same age...

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  11. CaptHowdy

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    Really awful mess of a film. Full of cliches and bad acting, as well as some really just plain silly crap going on. Flush it.
     
  12. Cujo108

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    I just read that Dave Parker is the director behind this one. The bad reviews don't surprise me. I mean, this is the same guy who did the awful Dead Hate the Living.
     
  13. bloodthrill

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    I apologize if this has already been discussed,(I did do a search,and found nothing on the subject)...Bringing the conversation back to hardcore flicks-turned pussy shows (see:studio neutering/butcher jobs of DVD releases ala WB'S HRR)...reportedly Gideon Raff's once-remake Train is finally bypassing any theatrical exposure and shooting straight to DVD via Lionsgate in November.From what I've heard,its Hostel on a train,so no big losses there.However,I'll have to see it for myself.

    Here's the shit-from what I'm reading on several reputable sites,the film garnered an NC-17 rating as shown,and Lionsgate plans to release it in its fucking 'R' rated form! According to one site, 27 minutes of nudity and gory violence will be absent(admittedly,it sounds ridiculous,but there'll obviously be substantial trimming).WHY?It doesn't appear that the footage will even end up as deleted scenes,as there will be no extras.If you were a studio planning to make a shitty movie and use countless time/money creating grue effects,and coercing your cast to get naked....wouldn't you want to milk every minute out of your home video crowd?

    I swear to Christ,I don't understand this sudden company worry of Unrated DVDs editions,but it better fucking stop.Looks like one less $20 bill I'll be flipping Lionsgate's way,if this garbage is true.Fucking pussies.
     
  14. fceurich39

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    i like it it probably is one of if not my favorite DTV horror film of 2009 beating out Laid To Rest i don't really count Trick r Treat as a DTV horror film since it basically is a theatrical movie
     
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    We just watched Hills last night and were rather underwhelmed. There were some cool scenes and neither of us hated the movie. Just the look of it itslef had a shot in Canada kind of look that is over lit. This is a great improvement from Dead Hate The Living, though. Not better than Laid To Rest imo.

    Still want to see Train. Is there not an already uncut dvd of this somewhere?
     
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    Just read that an hour ago. The specs are gibberish on my end. Can you read them? I think all dvd versions of Train are R rated. There were 27 min cut from the Unrated version.

    And just so we are staying on topic here: I also thought Hills Run Red had a great abundance of violence to help make up for the cheaper look to it. So at least stuff happens.

    Thank you
     
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    Bleh... this was supposed to be a Horror film? Seriously, the plot played more like a demented (and unfunny) comedy, and was about as believable as a turd with wings. :eek1:
     
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    its loads better than dead hate the living,
     
  20. Slackjaw83

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    I think I'm one of the 6 fans worldwide of "The Dead hate The Living" lol.....but i digress...


    The wife and I rented "The Hills Run Red" tonight and gave it a watch. I actually thoeoughly enjoyed it. Pros and Cons for me :

    Pros : Shot well, interesting use of a movie-within-a-movie-within-a-movie device, Sophie Monk's great performance, Bill Sadler being amazing as usual, Babyface's design/concept because it was VERY 1980's slasher cliche'

    Cons : Some bad CGI (though not as bad as the stuff in "The Dead hate The Living"), The main character being a bit more fo a gomer than needed

    Really, to me, this movie delivered on a lot of what was promised from "Hatchet" (The throwback 80's slasher for the new milenium BS marketing garbage). The scenes from "The Hills Run Red"s trailer in the film felt completely authentic (the only mistep being the horrible CGI in the tree kill....), and, again, Parker made a movie in which you can tell he's a genuine genre fanboy.

    Sophie Monk and Bill Sadler both really worked well in teh film. Both characters were played a bit over-the-top, but both performances flt spot-on to me. Monk, especially, just SOLD the hell out of the role. I'd literally blind-buy anything I see her in from this point on based solely on this performance.

    The 3 film-maker kids, not so much. One thing about "The Dead Hate The Living" that I generally mention when trying to explain to people how on god's green Earth I enjoyed it is the fact that most of the characters were likable and Parker gave us time to get attached to them before offing them, so we actually missed them. Here, not so much. Sure, they get screen time, but none of them are particularly sympathetic or even all that likable. I guess that Tyler, our hero, is supposed to be, but I just found him to be, as I said, a bit of a gomer and never found myself thinking "Man, I hope he makes it!".

    Anywho, as I said in my review of "Trick'r Treat", I can't stand it when current straight-to-video films look CHEAP. "The Hills Run Red" again, looks fantastic. A few frineds of mine complained about the overlit daytime shots but, to me, they just felt "right", very "80's slasher". "The Dead Hate The Living" saw Parker essentially making a comic book-y, colorful, very "stylish" film. With "The Hills Run Red", he showed that he can also go for a more natural, gritty look as well, and make the more conservative look/feel work.

    As I mentioned, the CGI is pretty rough at points. That said, the practical effects work in the film is all done pretty well. Everything from some nice blood splatter work to some great jerky-fied corpses all look great.

    I definitely enjoyed the film. I'm not sure if it'll get as many repeated watches from me as a movie like "Trick'r Treat" has gotten in the short time I've owned it, but I'll definitely revisit this one.
     

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