Red River (2011)

Well…they at least made an effort.

Red River (2011)
Directed By: Jacob Ennis

The Prologue
Well it would appear as if we are heading to the backwoods of Kentucky for the movie, Red River! Now that’s all fine and dandy with me. I’m from Tennessee, which is down south but we aren’t on the hick-ish level as those Kentucky folk. So with that in mind, if you watch this please don’t think Tennessee is like this movie portrays southern people. That’s not Tennessee, that’s just Kentucky..and probably Alabama. Which I hear might actually be worse than Kentucky for those of you keeping track at home. But either way, we got a horror movie to review here now don’t we?

The Movie
Set in a small town in the backwoods of Kentucky (and I think I saw a few Sun Drop bottles!), RED RIVER tells the tale of Roland Thatcher: a family man, a business man, a man of God…and a man who doesn’t take kindly to strangers.  When a group of city kids sets up camp on the outskirts of his property, they spark a chain of events culminating in bloodshed, dismemberment and mass murder.  As a local, fledgling reporter inches closer to the Thatcher property, the shocking truth about Roland and his ‘family’ may finally emerge…

A movie like this might just be a movie that you have to be in a certain mood, or perhaps state to enjoy. Coming from a guy who made a stoner based film shows what type of crowd the director is probably aiming for. And I’m just not in that target audience. If you are however, then something like this might be right down your ally. It’s got gore as well, which is something I like but for some reason or another it just didn’t connect with me. And I also felt that the likeable people in the film unfortunately aren’t the leads and aren’t around long enough. That could also be another reason why no connection was strongly made with me and the movie.

The movie does do a fine job of trying to create a killer that could be memorable. Jason had his mask, Freddy had his glove, and the dude here isn’t just a religious nut, he also has to talk with one of those voice box things that has a name that I just can’t remember at the moment. So to hear him preaching and cursing at the people in the movie is very amusing and kinda creepy/weird all rolled into one. That is probably the most memorable thing that takes place in this movie, so if nothing else I think you’ll like that and like a lot of the gore. However, some things in the movie just comes across a little too rehashed, gimmicky, and done before.

I think for those reasons mentioned above is why this film seems to somewhat fall short of what it would want to be going for. But like I also said, there is gore and there isn’t that long of a running time. So it’s to the point, I just wish it had a little bit more of a point. But I will give kudos for having a memorable killer, even if his side-kick (if you want to call it that) has been done to death a lot as of late. However, the film does have nudity..that never gets old right? RIGHT!?

The Conclusion
This didn’t do much for me, but if you want to take a chance on a bloody backwoods horror film with nudity, THEN CLICK THIS HERE and be my guest at picking up a copy of it. I might not have fell in love with it but it’s got stuff a lot of folks will like. Especially if you are from Kentucky.  

The Rating (5.5/10)