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2 items from 2009

The Hills Run Red (Mike’s DVD Review)

29 September 2009 10:29 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

The Hills Run Red (just out on DVD from Warner Premiere) is about the quest to track down a lost horror film of the same title, one supposedly so shocking that our protagonist is obsessed with witnessing its full, terrible vision. And yet this Hills has been issued in an R-rated cut only, with references on the audio commentary to scenes its creators wanted to include, but were too gruesome. Irony?

Nevertheless, there’s enough on view in Hills Run Red to push that R to its limits, and to justify its title. Before the plot even kicks in, we witness a young boy bloodily slicing up his own face before we’re introduced to aforementioned fright buff Tyler (Tad Hilgenbrinck, taking a giant step up from his previous Warner Premiere flick, Lost Boys: The Tribe). Having devoted himself to researching The Hills Run Red’s strange history, and seen »

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Frightfest 09: Review of The Hills Run Red

27 August 2009 9:26 PM, PDT | | See recent QuietEarth news »

Year: 2009

Directors: Dave Parker

Writers: John Carchietta & John Dombrow

IMDb: link

Trailer: link

Review by: Ben Austwick

Rating: 4 out of 10

Promised a film that takes a fictional banned 1982 horror movie so nasty and so horrible that all reels have been destroyed, and a teenager's quest to get to the bottom of the story, I was excited. Such a disappointment then that the great premise is used to make a sub-par run-of-the-mill teen slasher.

The lost mystery of early 1980s horror is a pull for any British horror fan, as due to the 1984 Video Recordings Act (the infamous “Video Nasty” list) many great horror films readily available to the Americans and Italians who made them were banned in the UK until quite recently. Consequently they took on an unholy mystery, became strange and dangerous artefacts half-whispered about, films of awesome power that could corrupt and derange if they were seen. The »

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