Let’s face it, we don’t always make the best decisions when drinking. But when a group of friends head out to the countryside for some drunken fun, they find out just how bad a decision pranking under the influence can be when they’re forced to fight for their lives against a family of revenge-fueled rednecks in director David Harris’ indie-horror film “Savage County.”
Harris originally started filming “Savage County” as a series of 7-9 minute webisodes, but the project soon grew into a full-fledged film. The trailer for the movie hit the web earlier today and MTV has set up a Demand It page for the movie. Once 100,000 fans show their support of the film on the site, MTV will air the movie on television.
“The whole thing in general is going a lot better and a lot faster than we hoped,” Harris said. “I’ve been blown away that so many people are so excited about it. We got 33,000 views on the trailer this morning alone, so I’m glad that people are down for a little low budget horror.”
As mentioned, the movie follows a group of kids out having a few beers for fun, but after the well runs dry they need to find other ways to amuse themselves. They head over to a farmhouse for a little “ring and run,” but when the incident leads to the death of an old man the group of friends suddenly find themselves hunted by the elderly man’s family. Needless to say, the guy’s kin want more than just an apology. They want cold, hard, gore-filled vengeance.
“The thing that I’m most proud of is that we have bad guys who aren’t just silent and behind a mask,” Harris said. “They have real personalities and a family dynamic.”
The director readily admitted that his love of horror films—and influence for “Savage County”—came from growing up watching the “Texas Chainsaw Massacre” series, which left a rather interesting impression on his young mind.
“As a kid growing up in Texas, I really did think those were documentaries,” Harris said, laughing. “When they had on the card that these were based on real events, I was like, ’Oh my god. That’s like three blocks away from here!’ I was convinced that those guys were going to come get us.”
The horror films of old also influenced him when it came to filming this project on such a low budget. Before the advancement of technology in regards to film, horror movies especially made do with relatively limited finances. Harris employed long-established tricks and techniques to keep costs low while still providing the violence, gore and scares associated with the horror genre.
“We’re definitely looking back at those ’70s and ’80s horror [films] and seeing what we can do without CGI or big gore effects,” he said. “You have to imply more than you actually [show]. We definitely have a couple bloody, splattering moments. It’s the best tool to have in your arsenal when you don’t have too many special effects—make people think they saw things that they actually didn’t see.”
But for those itching for their graphic death fix, worry not. Harris assured us that the movie still has some really cool, really bloody moments. “A girl gets tossed into a lawnmower,” the director revealed. “And it goes down from there.”
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