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Review: "Kill Or Be Killed" (2015), DVD Special Edition From Rlj Entertainment

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By John M. Whalen

Kill or Be Killed” (2015) aka “Red on Yella, Kill a Fella,” is a low budget horror-western released on DVD by Rlj Entertainment that also attempts to be a tribute to the spaghetti westerns of the 60s and 70s and Sam Peckinpah’s “The Wild Bunch.” The plot is about a gang of outlaws in the year 1900 traveling 500 miles through Texas to get to a stash of gold that’s hidden at the bottom of a well in the sand dunes of Galveston Beach. The group is hounded on their journey by a mysterious being and one by one the gang members get picked off.

Like Peckinpah’s Wild Bunch these outlaws are a motley crew. Their leader, Claude “Sweet Tooth” Barbee, played by co-writer/director Justin Meeks, is very loosely based on real-life outlaw Sam Bass. As Meeks portrays him, Barbee is a man obsessed with
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Interview: Justin Meeks and Duane Graves Talk Horror Western Kill Or Be Killed

Writer/directors Justin Meeks and Duane Graves talk about their magnum macabre western opus Kill Or Be Killed. ‘Round these parts, we heaped a helping of praise upon writer/directors Justin Meeks and Duane Graves’ hallucinatory horror western Kill Or Be Killed (aka Red On Yella, Kill A Fella). You can read our review here. But although…

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Icons of Fright Talks Westerns and More With Kill Or Be Killed Directors Justin Meeks & Duane Graves

The western subgenre has seen somewhat of a resurgence lately, with films like Quentin Tarantino’s Hateful 8 and S. Craig Zahler’s shocking Bone Tomahawk. Hitting the market (available on DVD now) and adding to that resurgence, is directors Justin Meeks and Duane Graves’ excellent entry, Kill Or Be Killed. Revolving around a group of outlaws trying to find a big score all while being picked off one by one, the film is bloody and full of entertainment, from start to finish.

We had a chat with Meeks and Graves about the film, its entry into the western genre and much more, so read on!

The Western subgenre is having such a great resurgence of sorts lately, with really good entries like Bone Tomahawk, Diablo, The Hateful 8 and so non. What inspired you to make Kill Or Be Killed? It’s very unique.

Meeks: Well, we wrote and filmed
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The Outre Eye of Daniel Xiii featuring Kill Or Be Killed’s Justin Meeks and Duane Graves!

The Outre Eye of Daniel Xiii featuring Kill Or Be Killed’s Justin Meeks and Duane Graves!
Well look-e here my creeps; none other than Kill Or Be Killed‘s Die-rector slash writers Justin Meeks and Duane Graves have just rolled into the Crypt o’ Xiii like a couple o’ tumblin’ tumbleweeds!

Famous Monsters. Welcome to the Crypt! Let’s just jump right in; what inspired ya to create Kill Or Be Killed?

Justin Meeks. I have always had a special place in my heart for westerns, and a burning desire to make one. Sergio Leone, Clint Eastwood, Peckinpah, and others have brought their visions into my living room many times. So, after our film Wild Man Of The Navidad was sold at Tribeca, we had a meeting with the Weinstein Co. They were interested in what was on the back burner, and we pitched them a rough idea for Kill Or Be Killed, untitled at the time. They seem to love it, and that inspired Duane
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Watch an Exclusive Clip from Horror Western Kill Or Be Killed

Saddle up for this splattery clip from new gore western Kill Or Be Killed. Writer/directors Duane Graves and Justin Meeks (who also stars) dirty, bloody and horrific western psychodrama Kill Or Be Killed hits DVD on March 1st from Rlj Entertainment and we are totally in love with it. You can read our rave review…

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DVD Review: Horror Western Kill Or Be Killed

Texas-shot gore western Kill Or Be Killed is a bloody blast. If S. Craig Zahler’s indie gore western sleeper Bone Tomahawk was like the bastard offspring of Sergio Leone and Sam Peckinpah (with a dose of Ruggero Deodato’s DNA swirling around in the inception cocktail), writer/directors Justin Meeks and Duane Graves’ (Butcher Boys) indie oater…

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Everyone Has A Gun, Or Two, In This Clip From Kill Or Be Killed

Kill or be Killed, the new Western from Justin Meeks and Duane Graves, both of Butcher Boys and Wild Man of the Navidad fame, comes out on DVD and VOD on March 1st. We have been given a clip to share with you, which involves a bloody shootout. And where there are a lot of guns there will eventually be a smattering of dead people too. Good times. Claude "Sweet Tooth" Barbee and his gang of cutthroat outlaws - the most wanted men in Texas - are on a desperate ride across five hundred miles of badlands to recover a fortune in hidden loot from their most daring robbery. But Barbee and his crew aren't the only coldblooded killers riding the range. With a large "dead...

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Chain Saw Massacre and Eaten Alive Actress Dead at 64

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre’ actress Marilyn Burns dead at 64 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre actress Marilyn Burns, the one cast member who manages to survive Leatherface in Tobe Hooper’s low-budget 1974 horror cult classic, was found dead on Tuesday, August 4, 2014, at her home in the Houston area. According to her manager, "she was found unresponsive by a family member." The cause of death remains unclear. Burns (born on July 5, 1950, in Erie, Pennsylvania) was 64. The Houston-raised Marilyn Burns began appearing in films in the early ’70s. She had a bit part in Robert Altman’s Houston-filmed Brewster McCloud (1970), starring Bud Cort, Sally Kellerman, and Shelley Duvall, and was later cast in a supporting role in Sidney Lumet’s Austin-shot 1974 drama Lovin’ Molly; however, Burns was ultimately replaced by Susan Sarandon, reportedly remaining in the production as a stand-in for both Sarandon and Blythe Danner. Also in 1974, Marilyn Burns landed the
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‘Butcher Boys’ Review

Stars: Ali Faulkner, Johnny Walter, Derek Lee Nixon, Tory Tompkins, Gregory Kelly, Phillip Wolf, Jon Clinkenbeard, Katie Patterson | Written by Kim Henkel | Directed by Duane Graves, Justin Meeks

Kim Henkel, writer of the classic horror The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and writer/director of its third sequel, Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (although the less said about that the better), returns to the horror genre with Butcher Boys, his first feature in almost twenty years.

In 1729 Jonathan Swift published A Modest Proposal, a satirical tome in which he suggested Ireland offer up their children as food, using cannibalism as a metaphor for the exploitation of the poor by the rich. Well jump to 2014 and Butcher Boys takes this metaphorical concept and turns it into filmic terror as a birthday celebration at an upscale restaurant sets in motion events that bring a group of friends face to face with the macabre
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Watch: 7 Docs for Disability Awareness at Indiewire @ Hulu Docs

Disability Awareness Month is recognized across the U.S. in October, prompting Indiewire's latest curated selections for Hulu's Documentaries page - a diverse selection of films highlighting engaging subjects living with a wide spectrum of disabilities, both physical and developmental. Watch these and other docs now for free!Jason McAfee's "Charlie Don't Surf" follows three men in wheelchairs to Costa Rica to learn to surf.Neither physical nor emotional limitations are enough to stop the wounded veterans, or their blind guide, Erik Weihenmayer, from attempting to climb a Himalayan mountain in Michael Brown's "High Ground."Weihenmayer also leads a group of six blind Tibetan teenagers up a Mount Everest peak in Lucy Walker's acclaimed "Blindsight."Ami, a man immobilized by Muscular Dystrophy, takes a road trip to find the doctor who told his parents he'd die as a child in Dani Menkin's "39 Pounds of Love.""Up Syndrome
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Slackery News Tidbits: October 14, 2013

Here's the latest Austin film news.

Austin filmmaker Emily Hagins's fourth feature film, Grow Up, Tony Phillips won't be released on VOD and DVD until October 2014, according an update on the movie's Kickstarter campaign page. The independently produced comedy, starring Aj Bowen (A Horrible Way to Die) and Tony Vespe (Hagins's My Sucky Teen Romance) as the eponymous character, tells the story of a Halloween-loving teenager who refuses to grow up. It was shot in and around Central Texas and premiered at SXSW this year (Elizabeth's review, my interview). Former Afs staffer Bryan Poyser's (Elizabeth's interview) latest feature film The Bounceback (Don's review) -- which also premiered at SXSW -- won a best writing award at the 18th Annual Genart Film Festival last week, which celebrates emerging filmmakers in North America, IndieWire reports. Poyser co-wrote and directed the romantic comedy, starring Sara Paxton (The Innkeepers), about a group
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Rated: Butcher Boys

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"Butcher Boys" has a tough road ahead of it. Thanks to its writer and producer, the movie will inevitably be compared to "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" as soon as the opening credits start to roll. It's unfair and a shame, because the movie once entitled "Boneboys" actually isn't a bad little independent horror piece.

Four friends are out on the town for a birthday celebration. After provoking a couple troublemakers, the group get into a high-speed chase through a bad part of the city. They drive up on a gang hanging out in the street, causing a wreck that kills the dog of one of the thugs. Little do they know that their actions have brought them into the world of a cannibalistic band of psychopaths bent on making them their next meal.

Kim Henkel is probably best known as the producer and writer of the original The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
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Butcher Boys Q&A with Directors Duane Graves and Justin Meeks

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Directors Duane Graves and Justin Meeks are the subject of our latest Q&A feature, telling us about their experience with the recently released cannibal film, Butcher Boys:

Can you tell me how you got involved with Kim Henkel on this project? Was this something you came to him with or the other way around?

Duane Graves: We’ve had a long 16 year relationship with Kim Henkel. He was our college film professor back in the late 90′s. We took a year of screenwriting courses under him, and after graduating we kept in touch. Justin and I produced a trio of short horror films that Kim produced, and eventually we decided to do a feature film back in 2006 called “The Wild Man of the Navidad.” That film premiered at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival in NYC and was picked up by IFC Films for release internationally. The success of
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Interview: Justin Meeks Talks Butcher Boys

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Interview: Justin Meeks Talks Butcher Boys
People often find excitement in pushing boundaries and testing how far they can shock people, until their innocent fun and games puts their lives in danger. The main characters in the new action horror comedy ‘Butcher Boys,’ which was directed by Justin Meeks and Duane Graves, seek such thrills by taunting strangers, until they violently turn on them. The two helmers reunited to disturb viewers with their latest effort, which is now available on VOD, to show how much influence the most extreme tormenters can have on modern society. ‘Butcher Boys,’ follows a group of friends-Sissy (Ali Faulkner), Mickey (Phillip Wolfe), Barbie (Tory Tomkins), and Kenny (Matt Henserling)-who celebrate Kenny’s [ Read More ]

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Butcher Boys Review

Oh boy, a movie from the creator of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre himself, Tobe Hooper! Wait, it’s not Tobe Hooper? It’s Kim Henkel?

Butcher Boys was adapted by the guy who collaborated with Tobe Hooper on the story for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (and also produced), and you’re going to market this as “From The Creator Of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”? Well, if that isn’t some deceptive tomfoolery…

Butcher Boys is one of those cannibalistic-type cult movies much like Delicatessen or Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street, where the psychopaths view people as a source of income and food, except the work by Duane Graves and Justin Meeks is nowhere as entraining as the movies mentioned above, or most of the genre, for that matter. In an attempt to be some type of low-budget cult classic, a rotten, stinky script tries to hit upon
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Butcher Boys (2012) (DVD Review)

Butcher Boys (2012) (DVD Review) Directed By: Duane Graves and Justin Meeks Starring: Ali Faulkner, Edwin Neal, Marilyn Burns Rated: R/Region: 1/Widescreen/Number of disc: 1 Available from Phase 4 Films A gut-wrenching, non-stop roller coaster ride through the hellish underbelly of inner-city America. A birthday celebration at an upscale restaurant sets in motion events that bring Sissy, her brother, Mikey, and friends, Kenny and Barbie, face t…
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Shock Interview: A Chat With Butcher Boys Writer Kim Henkel

Butcher Boys marks the return of one of modern horror’s founding but silent fathers. Kim Henkel, the co-writer and co-producer of the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre continued on to produce the sequels until all but stepping away after 1994’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation.

While teaching screenwriting at Rice University, he decided to collaborate with two former students, Duane Graves and Justin Meeks. That collaboration led to one of the strangest film in the annals of American cinematography…Butcher Boys.

Shock got a chance to speak with Kim Henkel about his return and what the film has to offer.

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Review: Butcher Boys

What came first…the chicken or the egg? The eternal question is not really a question at all. It depends on your own point of view. What you have as your foundation dictates the answer. With that in mind, what dictates that a scene or action is a trademark as opposed to being an homage (or a rip off for that matter)? It depends on our point of view. This thought process comes heavily into play for the viewer when watching Butcher Boys aka Bone Boys, Kim Henkel’s most accomplished work to date, brought to life by directors Justin Meeks and Duane Graves.

Animal Rights protesters gather outside a seemingly upscale restaurant. Sissy (Ali Faulkner), Mickey (Phillip Wolfe), Barbie (Tory Tomkins), and Kenny (Matt Henserling) are out celebrating Kenny’s birthday. While at a convenience store, they end up getting into trouble thanks to the incredibly troublesome Barbie (yes,
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Butcher Boys Trailer Released

Phase 4 Films will be giving Butcher Boys a limited theatrical release on September 6th. Here’s a look at the official Butcher Boys trailer:

“From the writer/producer of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre comes this gut-wrenching, non-stop roller coaster ride through the hellish underbelly of inner-city America. A birthday celebration at an upscale restaurant sets in motion events that bring a group of friends face to face with the macabre world of cannibals, the Butcher Boys. The Butcher Boys are international predators who deal in human ­flesh – dead or alive.”

Butcher Boys was directed by Duane Graves and Justin Meeks, written by Kim Henkel, and stars Ali Faulkner, Johnny Walters, Derek Lee Nixon, Tory Tompkins, and Gregory Kelly. There are now Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD release details as this time, but we should hear more about the movie in the coming weeks and expect to see it released on other platforms later this year.
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Open Wide, It's the Trailer for Butcher Boys

After the jump, find the trailer for Butcher Boys from director Duane Graves and Justin Meeks and writer Kim Henkel (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre).  

In the film, a birthday celebration at an upscale restaurant sets in motion events that bring a group of friends face to face with the macabre world of cannibals, the Butcher Boys. The Butcher Boys are international predators who deal in human ­flesh - dead or alive.

Phase 4 releases the film on September 6th.

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