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AICN Exclusive: The SAVAGE COUNTY Trailer Is Here!!

Elston Gunn here...


When a group of small town Texas high school kids play a prank that accidentally kills an old man, they're hunted down by the man's family of murderous hillbillies.


An original horror movie for new media, SAVAGE COUNTY was filmed in high def in Memphis Tennessee. Presented in eight ten-minute chapters, SAVAGE COUNTY is designed to be watched either episodically or end-to-end in its feature-length form. Executive Produced by David Gale (VARSITY BLUES, JACKASS, AEON FLUX) and Craig Brewer (HUSTLE AND FLOW, BLACK SNAKE MOAN), the movie is coming to multiple platforms in February of 2009. It stars a mixed cast of Hollywood newcomers and Memphis locals as both the teen victims and killers. Directed by first-timer David Harris, the project is a tribute to TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE and the old-school horror of the 70's, brought up-to-date with indie rock and rockabilly music and a twist of teen drama.


On the last weekend before prom, a mismatched group of high school kids heads to a remote pond to drink beer and hang out. When the beer runs dry, the conversation turns to daring Patrick, the runt of the group, into knocking on the door of the Hardells - the reclusive family that owns the land the pond is on. Patrick takes up the dare, knocks on the Hardells' door and finds himself staring down the barrel of a shotgun. When Patrick's friends come to his defense, the oldest Hardell is killed in the shuffle. Scared and guilty - the teens flee the crime. When the rest of the Hardell clan finds the old man murdered, they seek out vengeance. One-by-one, the teens are hunted down by Orry, the sexually oppressed mute, Willard, the long-haired wildman, and Kasper, the cold-blooded family leader.

Savage County Teaser Trailer from Savage County on Vimeo.

Elston Gunn

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  • Nov. 16, 2009, 9:36 a.m. CST

    Sounds Like...

    by Crow3711

    Every other torture porn shitfest ever made.

  • Nov. 16, 2009, 9:38 a.m. CST


    by Jawa 007

  • Nov. 16, 2009, 9:39 a.m. CST


    by therealrockinrolla

  • Nov. 16, 2009, 9:39 a.m. CST


    by therealrockinrolla

  • Nov. 16, 2009, 9:43 a.m. CST

    Yeah it sounds like every other...

    by Sailor Rip

    ..."torture porn shitfest" but if done right it could still be good. I mean the first ten minutes has beer and shotguns so it can't be all bad.

  • Nov. 16, 2009, 9:45 a.m. CST

    Would be more fun with ten-year olds.

    by cookylamoo

    Who cares if you kill a teenager?

  • Nov. 16, 2009, 9:47 a.m. CST

    February of 2009?

    by NapalmTrancebath

    Never saw it.

  • Nov. 16, 2009, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Nothing wrong with...

    by MorganLeafy

    a good genre flick. The only thing is, torture porn really isn't my genre.

  • Nov. 16, 2009, 9:55 a.m. CST

    BTW what the hell happened to Elston Gunn's

    by MorganLeafy

    weekly recap?

  • Nov. 16, 2009, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Q - When is a movie not a movie?

    by RequisiteMonkey

    A - When it has been chopped up into webisodes for the MTV/ADHD generation...... Lame. Marketing. Gimmick.

  • Nov. 16, 2009, 10:46 a.m. CST

    cookylamoo -- everything is more fun

    by DanielPlainviewOnVacationInBoston

    with ten year olds! Just ask the Catholic Church!

  • Nov. 16, 2009, 10:46 a.m. CST

    I'm kidding, by the way

    by DanielPlainviewOnVacationInBoston

  • Nov. 16, 2009, 10:51 a.m. CST

    "killed in the shuffle"

    by Red Ned Lynch

    Sad when a typo makes both a better title and springboard for a concept than the movie being described in the blurb containing said typo.

  • Nov. 16, 2009, 10:52 a.m. CST

    I Know What You Did In Texas (filmed in Memphis)

    by slone13

    Also, the term "torture porn" is both tired and not even porn.

  • Nov. 16, 2009, 10:53 a.m. CST

    I mean...

    by Red Ned Lynch could be cards, dance, job reassignments, a stampede of the elderly...

  • Nov. 16, 2009, 11:30 a.m. CST

    At least its an original horror pic, right..?

    by Dharma4

    ...Right? I mean, I am tired of all these lame reboots and remakes of the original and once-actually-kind-of horror films that were, well, original. At least someone is trying something new. haha. Oh, who am I kidding?

  • Nov. 16, 2009, 11:35 a.m. CST

    This is the kind of thing....

    by HarryCalder

    ...that makes Eli Roth look like fucking Alfred Hitchcock.

  • Nov. 16, 2009, 11:39 a.m. CST

    As a sign of my utter disdain for this project...

    by HarryCalder

    I'm going to use this talkback opportunity to add a coda to one of my ID-4 sequel names that just hit me over the weekend. Okay, ready? "ID-4mica: The Kitchen Counter-Attack!"

  • Nov. 16, 2009, 11:54 a.m. CST

    Wow, never seen this type of set up before

    by NomoredirtyjokespleaseweareYanks

    I got a great new idea, its a buddy cop pic, but they don't get along right? Ya see ones about to retire, he's seen it all, or so he thinks. <p> A week from retirement he is suddenly paired with a psycho nam-vet/police dog/dog who witnessed a murder/ex best friend who he betrayed when undercover/rookie. They discover an insidious plot to smuggle guns/heroin/knock off shoes/slave labourers. They manage to solve the case whilst bringing down the mob/the yakuza/South Africans with diplomatic immunity etc etc...<p> Wheres my fucking money??????

  • Nov. 16, 2009, 12:10 p.m. CST

    Torture porn is here to stay

    by liljuniorbrown

    People keep renting and buying the shit so it keeps up producing low rent off spring that isn't worth watching for any type of value. I have no clue if this is that kind of movie or not. I havn't even seen the trailer, but since people brought up torture porn i figured i'd throw in my two cents.

  • Nov. 16, 2009, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Is Fred Savage in this?

    by The Dum Guy

    And, is it his county?

  • Nov. 16, 2009, 12:27 p.m. CST

    Oh, you guys and calling everything "torture porn"

    by Vern

    This is a TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE rip off. It even says it in the description. Calling movies like HOSTEL that are about torture "torture porn" is already questionable enough, but TCSM is not related to that genre at all. If you can't recognize one of the all time best and most famous horror movies in this premise and this trailer then you clearly are not qualified to be telling people what to do with their horror movies.<p> As for this press kit and trailer here, are we being Jo-Bro'd? I'm all for hillbilly revenge movies and Craig Brewer but I get confused when you start talking about "indie rock" and "new media" and 8 ten minute episodes and MTV and Facebook and all this. It could be a decent movie unless it was made by the clueless PR hustlers who came up with all that shit.

  • Nov. 16, 2009, 12:43 p.m. CST

    Torture is fine in controlled doses..

    by Madcapper

    Although torture might be an over-used device in movies like Hostel and Saw, it is an excellent device for literature and movies. It can be used brilliantly, like in Orwells novel 1984, or the film Payback with Mel Gibson. And as the examples also illustrates, to achieve very different things. Torture for tortures sake is not interesting.

  • Nov. 16, 2009, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Torture Porn

    by gavdiggity

    Marathon Man has one of the most brutal torture scenes ever filmed. Does that qualify, you unoriginal catchphrasers?

  • Nov. 16, 2009, 12:57 p.m. CST

    Semantics... who gives a shit?

    by HarryCalder

    This project, be it "torture porn," a TCSM "tribute," whatever you want to call it, sounds utterly deplorable. Given that the idea is as stale as they come, the only thing that could make it work is near-genius execution. And this whole new-media, "hip bands" cockamamie bullshit is not the mark of genius.

  • Nov. 16, 2009, 1:05 p.m. CST

    Why does he have to be..

    by brattyben

    a sexually oppressed mute? He's mute hillbilly, isn't that bad enough? Regardless, tired plot, tired charaters, tired everything. Original horror my ass.

  • Nov. 16, 2009, 1:32 p.m. CST


    by 2LeggedFreak

    All this fuss from ringing the door bell. Imagine if they'd put poop on the step in a burning bag !!! And where's the dead raped deer ?

  • Nov. 16, 2009, 3:36 p.m. CST

    this looks like

    by Darbyogill

    a piece of shit.

  • Nov. 16, 2009, 3:59 p.m. CST

    Marathon Man & TCSM

    by MorganLeafy

    & Resevoir Dogs as well were not torture porn. It was more about suggestion than about showing a lot of blood and guts. Even if it's just a rip-off TCSM I'll pass because I don' like unoriginal movies.

  • Nov. 16, 2009, 4:27 p.m. CST

    Looks awful...

    by marineboy

    ...need I say more?

  • Nov. 16, 2009, 4:33 p.m. CST

    More Avatar stuff!

    by Johnno

    A clip from the LG phone promo site. Similar to one shown at Avatar Day except edited down.<br><br>Also a new featurette!<br>

  • Nov. 16, 2009, 4:37 p.m. CST

    I jerk off...sorry, watch.. a lot of Torture Horror

    by MichelleRodrijizz

    And this might be worth a squirt but the trailer makes it look like the two microwave curry meals I just processed and squirted out.

  • Nov. 16, 2009, 4:39 p.m. CST

    Infact it was saved only

    by MichelleRodrijizz

    By the hint of sexual torture at the end. Hey, anyone remember when directors and writers actually made a concerted effort to shock?

  • Nov. 16, 2009, 4:41 p.m. CST

    Its Torture porn.


    Accept it and move on. Oh, and TCM sucks ........ hard.

  • Nov. 16, 2009, 6:46 p.m. CST


    by Genre_Baby

    This almost makes me change my tune on Rob Zombie's HII (which I was extremely disappointed in). Lack of atmosphere, reality, creeps etc. What's the point if you're not going to up the ante? No thanks.

  • Nov. 16, 2009, 6:51 p.m. CST

    Savage County Jr.: Brisco rides again

    by MacReady452

    Get me Bruce Campbell on the phone,...and get me sombody while I'm waiting.

  • Nov. 16, 2009, 7:22 p.m. CST

    Yet another movie for the mentally disturbed........

    by Myopiniondontmeanshit


  • Nov. 16, 2009, 7:53 p.m. CST

    I'm feeling shades of "Southern Comfort" here

    by ewokstew

    Smart asses piss off hillbillies (back wood Cajuns in Southern Comfort's case) pissed off hillbillies hunt down smart asses and pick them off one by one.

  • Nov. 16, 2009, 9:32 p.m. CST

    Ginger Muppet

    by Vern

    "TCM sucks... hard" huh? Young man you need to learn how to write a fuckin talkback. Your technique is bullshit. The "condescendingly drop completely asinine, patently incorrect statement, then do not back it up in any way" approach might make you feel smart, but it makes you look fuckin dumb. I think you can do better than that buddy. Please explain what you could possible have against THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE. If you can't at least do that then go out and experience shit for a couple years, read some books, think about life, and come back when you've got more to offer.<p> Don't mean to be harsh but that one called for an intervention.

  • Nov. 16, 2009, 10:16 p.m. CST

    Vern -- high-five for you, good sir

    by DanielPlainviewOnVacationInBoston

    TCM sucks? The fuck is he on about?

  • Nov. 16, 2009, 11:48 p.m. CST

    Maybe, Ginger Muppet means the re-make.....

    by The Dum Guy

    Or, maybe he's being ironic (I'm not sure how).

  • Nov. 16, 2009, 11:56 p.m. CST

    Yeah, but event the remake

    by DanielPlainviewOnVacationInBoston

    was better than 85% of the garbage being put out and called horror these days.

  • Nov. 16, 2009, 11:56 p.m. CST

    Damn it. I want an edit button.

    by DanielPlainviewOnVacationInBoston

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 2:08 a.m. CST

    The remake was better than the sequel to it....

    by The Dum Guy


  • Nov. 17, 2009, 2:15 a.m. CST

    lol Vern is straight

    by Waka_Flocka_Flame

    schooling mafuckas. vern u da man.

  • Nov. 17, 2009, 4:25 a.m. CST


    by Epileptic SpudMonkey


  • Nov. 17, 2009, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Sexually oppressed or sexually repressed?

    by entelechy

    Someone should ask Orry the Mute to clarify his circumstances in legible script.