As any discerning horror fan knows, sometimes you have to trawl through an awful lot of bilge before you hit upon something worthwhile. Having sat through an awful amount of said bilge of late, it was with some trepidation that I sat down to watch "The Hills Run Red". Even the title seemed a little strained.
Thankfully within minutes of it opening, and it has a particularly gross opening by the way, I knew I was in good hands! Firstly, it didn't look cheap and the credits were nicely rendered (it's amazing what a difference this can make to first impressions!) and, secondly, the actors could clearly act, which is always a bonus!
The story, such as it is and without giving much away, involves a young man's obsession with a notorious and unavailable slasher movie from the 80's. His quest to find out about him leads him and his small gang of friends to the woods and, as ever, there are very bad things lurking in them thar woods!
What followed was a good old fashioned, unapologetically nasty and creepy horror with more blood and guts than a messy abattoir!
Those who don't appreciate the genre may pick holes in the plot and moan about the general level of unpleasantness on display here but, for the true horror fans, this is what it's all about!
It's a no-brainer to watch, no doubt about it, but that's generally what I want from my horror, I want to see lots of killing and gore and occasionally, just occasionally mind, ask myself WHY I'm enjoying it!
On that front, THRR certainly delivers! The gore hounds among you will be satisfied by this one. It doesn't shy away from what's going on. It also boasts a pretty creepy, iconic-looking bad guy in Babyface who, once upon a time at least, would've surely been fit for a franchise.
So, all in all, a bit of a straight to DVD gem in the murky horror waters! They don't come along very often, the last one I recall was called Frayed and also rather good, so, if you get the chance, this is well worth a watch!