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A Bothered Conscience (2006)

Not Rated | | Horror | 22 October 2006 (USA)
In the backwoods of Arkansas, a father and son protect their land against trespassers.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dennis Smithers Sr. Dennis Smithers Sr. ... Keller McGavin
Stephen Martin Stephen Martin ... Lucas McGavin
MacFarland Martin MacFarland Martin ... Sheriff Caleb Collins
Thomas King Thomas King ... Cocaine Thief #1
Tim Turner Tim Turner ... Cocaine Thief #2
Brad McPherson Brad McPherson ... Lost Hiker
Tina O'Neal Tina O'Neal ... Teacher
Stephanie Smithers Stephanie Smithers ... Meagan
Tina Martin Tina Martin ... Dawn
Dannial McCoy Dannial McCoy ... Vigilante
Nick Pugh Nick Pugh ... Poacher #1
Joshua Stephens Joshua Stephens ... Poacher #2
Sean Martin Sean Martin ... Poacher #3
Gary Franks Gary Franks ... Poacher #4
Sam Neeley Sam Neeley ... Radio Dispatcher (voice)


Deep in the remote Arkansas backwoods, a father passes on the traditions of the Ozark mountain men to his 5 year-old son. Under his strict and cruel guidance, young Lucas learns to protect the family land at all costs, and hones the skills of the hunt that have been handed down from generation to generation. But their prey is no ordinary game. . . because the McGavins are hunting trespassers! Twenty years later, when his father is murdered in a savage act of retribution, Lucas is left alone to preserve the twisted family legacy. Desperate to live up to his father's expectations, the pressure and isolation soon begin to take their toll. Haunted by visions of a violent past, Lucas becomes more dangerous with each passing day, and his ability to distinguish reality from hallucination quickly dissolves. Ghostly figures lurk in the shadows of the unforgiving forest, taunting him with their screams as they claw their way ever closer. They are everywhere. . . and nowhere. But have the rotted... Written by Doug Johnson

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


There are no forgiveness for SOME trespasses! See more »




Not Rated






Release Date:

22 October 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fatalities and Phantasms See more »

Filming Locations:

Cushman, Arkansas, USA See more »


Box Office


$2,300 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Smithers Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dennis Smithers Jr. used the last name "McGavin" for his two main characters because he is a huge fan of Darren McGavin. See more »


Keller McGavin: The difference between me and most, I will live in the Land of Legends forever.
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Crazy Credits

Boom Operator is credited as "Justa Every" because "just about everyone" took turns doing the job. See more »


Version of A Bothered Conscience (2005) See more »


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There is no forgiveness for some trespasses.
23 January 2007 | by darkconan2000See all my reviews

If you are looking for a new original horror movie then this is exactly what you are looking for. Dennis is getting better with every movie he makes. The story is really good and easy to follow and has some damn good twists near the end. The effects are done very good for a low budget movie, but like before with his short film, he needs a bigger budget. A lot of people that make low budget movies stick their family members in and sometimes it hurts the movie but not in this case. Dennis Jr. knew exactly what he was doing when he got his father to play Keller. Stephen Martin did a good job as Lucas. I don't want to take anything away from Martin's job as Lucas, but I personally would have liked to have seen Thomas King come back and play that role. Speaking of Thomas, I think he stole every scene he was in. Overall, A Bothered Conscience is smart, dark, twisted and original. Just what horror fans have been needing!

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