#SLASHERWEEK :: Redneck Horror

While featuring the classic Texas Chainsaw Massacre during #SLASHERWEEK, we couldn't ignore the fact that this film is part of (and debatably paved the way for) an entire sub genre of the Slasher film: Redneck Horror. These films are always based in some remote location, where protagonists are simply "passing through" until unexpectedly getting stuck in the unfamiliar rural area for some strange reason (i.e. car trouble, booby trap, car trouble due to booby trap) and getting hacked to bits.

Like the strange villains in Texas Chainsaw Massacre, the "Rednecks" in these films are dirty, rifle toting, murderous weirdos who get pleasure from hunting, torturing, brutally mutilating and even eating outsiders. These people are often from some inbred family that distrusts the law, or anyone from the outside world and acts out that distrust in gruesome ways.

The Hills Have Eyes (1977)


Written and directed by Wes Craven, The Hills Have Eyes follows a family on a road trip who end up getting stranded in the middle of nowhere in the Nevada desert. The film is said to be a modern version of Alexander "Sawney" Bean, the 16th century Scottish myth about a clan of cannibals who were responsible for the deaths of over 1,000 people.

2001 Maniacs (2005)


Based on the 1964 film Two Thousand Maniacs!, this comedic remake stars Robert Englund (yes, THAT Robert Englund) as the mayor of a rural town in Georgia that six college students discover on their way down to Daytona Beach for Spring Break. The town gathers together to mislead the visitors and the result is a cannibalistic bloodbath. Lots of points to this one for extremely creative deaths. 

Wolf Creek (2005)


Wolf Creek is an independent Australian horror film by Greg McLean about three young backpackers who, while on a party fueled road trip, have car trouble and get stuck in the rural Outback. They are drugged and kidnapped from a man who offers them help with their truck, kicking off a stream of events involving chase and torture. The film claims to be "based on true events" due to inspiration from similar real life murder cases, such as the abduction of British tourist Peter Falconio and Ivan Milat "Backpacker Murders" of the 1990s.

House of 1,000 Corpses (2003) / The Devil's Rejects (2005)


House of 1,000 Corpses is the directorial debut of Rob Zombie, whose filmmaking style is very inspired by horror movies of the 1970s, particularly of the Redneck Horror sub genre. The film follows two couples traveling through the backwoods of America on Halloween in order to write a book on crazy roadside attractions. They run into Captain Spaulding, the owner of a spooky museum who sends them on a hunt for Dr. Satan, a local myth and legend. They are quickly captured and held hostage by the Firefly family and are mutilated, tortured, and put through a series of outlandish and terrifying events. 


The Devils Rejects is the sequel to House of 1,000 Corpses, set one year later. The film revolves around the Firefly family, now being hunted by the police for over 75 homicides over the last several years. As the police hold Mother Firefly hostage, Baby, Otis, and Captain Spaulding send them on a wild goose chase, taking hostages and resisting arrest with gory violence.