Hillbilly Horror Show – a little white trash with your horror anthology

hillbilly horror show vol 1 cover

Okay, it’s a pretty odd wraparound for a horror anthology. Three pieces of trailer trash—what looks like a nutty professor, a cute pig fucker, and a sluttier Daisy Duke—sit in their trailer and pop in a DVD before each short film, which gives the slutty Daisy Duke a chance to shove her tits and ass into the camera.

hillbilly cast

Then we get to each movie. Volume 1 runs about an hour and includes 4 shorts ranging in style, tone, and horror worthiness.

hillbilly franky

“Franky and the Ant” – This is more like a quick Tarantino revenge flick than a horror film. The most effective “horror” element is the short scene in which a toaster is used to deliver a good creepy moment. After that, it becomes an early grave revenge tale with a little visual humor and slight twist.

hillbilly doppelganger

“Doppelganger” – Using old school stop-motion and simple skeletons (think the original Jason and the Argonauts) this brief clip features an orchestral soundtrack and one single skeleton happening upon his doppelganger. It has a quirky little ending, but I really could see this more as something you’d check out on YouTube than as a short film that should be included on a horror anthology show. Even so, it does give the collection some variety.

hillbilly amused

“Amused” – Damn. This one is where the serious horror perfection comes in. The isolated snowy country setting adds to the bone-chilling atmosphere. The film uses no dialogue. A woman arrives at her house, makes a grisly discovery, and is soon being chased by a giggling freak wearing a human scalp for a wig. WTF? It’s freaky as hell, with top-notch suspense, some gore, and a dastardly twist ending. It brings to mind the feel of the classic slasher film Luther the Geek.

hillbilly nest

“The Nest” – The longest of the films in this collection, this one is a close second to “Amused.” Shot in a striking sepia tone, “The Nest” is a fresh twist on the killer bees genre, giving it a backwoods touch. A lady who runs a diner also keeps bees to make her delicious honey—and these aren’t your average sized bees! And man does this swarm do some damage. I love this one. Aside from a few moments of CGI that reveal budget limitations, it’s a visual stunner.

hillbilly lead man

What the pig fucker looks like when you take out the trash…I’ll take that wraparound! 

While Hillbilly Horror Show Volume 1 is definitely a hit and miss collection depending on your taste in subgenres, as a lover of horror anthologies and short horror films, I was more than satisfied with it and will definitely be picking up volume 2, which is coming out soon. Check out the official website for more info about the show.


About Daniel

I am the author of the horror anthologies CLOSET MONSTERS: ZOMBIED OUT AND TALES OF GOTHROTICA and HORNY DEVILS, and the horror novels COMBUSTION and NO PLACE FOR LITTLE ONES. I am also the founder of BOYS, BEARS & SCARES, a facebook page for gay male horror fans! Check it out and like it at www.facebook.com/BoysBearsandScares.
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