Movie and Film Reviews (MFR) Horror The Hills Run Red (2009)

The Hills Run Red (2009)

“In 1982, controversial film director Wilson Wyler Concannon released his only film- The Hills Run Red.  Because of it’s graphic depiction of sodomy and murder, the film was quickly pulled from theaters, all know prints vanished and no cast member was ever found. All that remained was a crudely made trailer, director Wilson Wyler Concannon. Was never heard from again.”

Taylor (Tad Hilgenbrinck) is a movie fanatic, who is obsessed with the notion that he is the one that will find the lost footage to the hills run red. So he gathers his two friends to make a documentary about the lost film, he brings Serina (Janet Montgomery) and Lalo (Alex Wyndham). Before the group heads out to make this documentary, Taylor sets out to find the daughter of director Concannon, Alexa. Alexa was found in a strip club, she is a cocaine and heroin junkie, but after Taylor proves to her that he is serious about going to the real locations they shot the controversial film at. Taylor proves his seriousness by staying with Alexa until she gets clean and sober. They make their way deep in the woods to the actual locations where the movie was shot, once they get their the friends unknowingly become apart of this infamous and forgotten film.

Let me start by saying the movie did not live up to all the hype surrounding it. The director Dave Parker did a great job on this film. There was just one little problem, the acting. The actors did not do a good job, especially the lead actor Tad Hilgenbrink (American pie: band camp). If they had better actors in these role I would love this movie. For me the bad acting was a huge distraction from the overall story, which was a very clever idea. I liked the premise and the myth behind the killer of the hills run red ( babyface) was his name. The beginning was slow and I like slow beginnings, but not this slow. Their was nothing about the beginning that said “keep watching it will pay off in the end.” Believe me it does not. The horror aspect was OK and the special effect needed to be a bit more polished, meaning it looked fake and you can tell when the blood get’s CGI’ed in killing scenes, Very disappointing.

My recommendation for this one is PASS, unless you’re around (13-16) and you get you’re parents to rent it for you then you will love this film. Be warned though this is not for children. This movie has allot of nudity, sexuality, graphic violents, torture, and language. Trust me all you horror lovers this is not a good film, and it does not live up to the hype of a great horror movie, it should of been a great film, but fell way short on the acting, and in my book movies are all about believability, acting and story, The Hills Run Red, all I can say is bad acting makes this movie unbelievable and not scary at all.

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