Killbillies, Trailer Review
Director: Tomaz Gorkic
Writer: Tomaz Gorkic
Release Date: July 17, 2015 (Slovenia), October 25, 2016 (USA)
Release Format: DVD, Streaming, VOD
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Sub-Horror Genre: Action, Horror, Thriller
A group of fashionistas from the city, including models Zina and Mia, make-up artist Dragica and photographer Blitcz, begin to shoot on an idyllic countryside hilltop. But soon, two physically deformed psychopathic countrymen approach them and quickly attack.
After the terrified group finds themselves chained in a basement and awaiting their gruesome fate, they decide they must fight no matter what the odds. A wild, bloody, taut clash ensues between urban and rural, women and men, between savages and civilized man.
A man (Blitzc) and two young women (Zina and Mia) are on a road trip. The trio is going to their shooting location. They make a stop at an isolated liquor stand. The establishment is managed by a mysterious man and woman. They happen to be pretty disrespectful and insulting to him.
The scene transitions to the two young women who are seemingly trapped and being haunted. We get our first look at a pair of the presumed deformed psychotic men. They seem to be hastily making their way somewhere. Possibly, to their victims.
We finally come to an action scene. One of the young women is hysterically running from one of the attackers. There are interweaving scenes of fighting, struggle, and torture.
Tomaz Gorkic’s film is also known as Idila, originally released in July 2015 in Slovenia. It released to the USA on DVD, Streaming, and Video On Demand on October 25, 2016. The Action, Horror, Thriller is written and directed by Tomaz Gorkic.
The film is said to be a fresh, sadistic take on such classics as The Hills Have Eyes and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Tomaz Gorkic’s film depicts a harrowing tale of abduction, violence, and hoped-for survival, in Slovenia’s first ever horror movie.
The trailer plays in Slovenian. Its possible the DVD, Streaming, and VOD releases may also be in the original language. I can definitely see the comparison to the above-mentioned films, including Wrong Turn.
Abduction, torture, and violence are popular. A central theme that Horror cinema circuit thrives off of. Its one of the most frequented genres. These are psychologically terrifying themes. If the film itself is a decent film, they can also be visually terrifying.
Of course, we’ve seen such terror in The Hills Have Eyes and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The fact that Tomaz Gorkic’s film is paying homage to such productions already gives it leverage. Audiences visit these kinds of films.
The fact that it’s a foreign film (Slovenia) gives it, even more, leverage. We know how terrifying foreign Horror can get. There is no boundaries approach, especially in their underground films. Some good examples are Martyrs (2008, France), I Saw The Devil (2010, South Korea), and Wolf Creek (2005, Australia).