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  • Director: Tomaž Gorkič
  • Producer: Zoran Dževerdanović
  • Screenwriters: Tomaž Gorkič
  • Cast: Nina Ivanišin, Lotos Vincenc Šparovec, Jurij Drevenšek, Nika Rozman, Sebastian Cavazza, Manca Ogorevc, Damjana Černe, Damir Leventić, Matic Bobnar
  • Cinematography: Nejc Saje
Product Details
  • Format: DVD
  • Catalog: ART47
  • UPC: 851597006360
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Country: Slovenia
  • Language: Slovenian
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Year: 2015
  • Length: 83
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Proving that the American South does not hold a monopoly on sexually depraved, bloodthirsty hillbillies, Killbilllies (aka: Idyll) depicts a harrowing tale of abduction, violence and hoped-for survival. 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 fresh, sadistic take on such classics as The Hills Have Eyes and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
Reviews

“Upon popping the disc in, I found myself totally engaged the whole time and was shocked at how great this hidden gem really is. Sure, it has some inspiration from Hills, but also has a creepy uneasy vibe evident in other films such as High Tension mixed with a little Texas Chainsaw Massacre for good measure. This bizarre film is both effective, simple, but most of all scary. If you’re a fan of foreign horror, this disc should definitely be on your radar…Killbillies has some brutal sequences, as well that will be sure to please gore fans and one of the most gruesome [see for yourself] I’ve seen in cinema as of late…If you’re a horror fan, then I would highly suggest checking this film out. I am still in shock at how much I enjoyed it!” – FulVueDrive-In

“…the silly villains are amusing (“Now you’re going to get it, you old whore!”), the old-school gore is nifty and the fashionably cynical ending has an unpleasant fate for the heroine before a very long closing shot that seems to be bidding to be the rural horror equivalent to the last moments of THE LONG GOOD FRIDAY.” – HorrorScreamsVideoVault

“A handful of brutal kills make this appealing to the blood and guts crowd, but it’s the building of tension that really impressed me. It’s nice to see a first time director able to both acknowledge his inspirations while also fitting them in to his own world, and I think Gorkic absolutely succeeds in this area. While set in the present, this movie has a good 1970s American horror vibe going for it, making it perfect for anyone who loves the early works of Wes Craven or any of those other gritty, exploitative films that start with “Don’t…” or “The House by/at/near…” –  HorrorNews

Killbillies contains some unforgettable action sequences and remarkable practical blood and gore effects. The makeup is ordinary but it’s made up for with realistic and graphic kill sequences. There are brains being prodded, heads being cracked and limbs being cut off, all using a medieval style ax as the weapon of choice…definitely make it worth a watch. – AdamTheMovieGuy

“The casting is great, the lighting and camerawork looks super, and the characters are fairly believable…what the hell, give it a watch.” – Annabelle Lecter, WithoutYourHead

“It’s mostly just unpleasant and derivative, but it’s well-paced for the most part, has a fair amount of gore and suspense, and a doozy of a climactic shot… kudos for not going for a clichéd, ineffective horror-flick ending and going for an oddly beautiful, poetic denouement…worth a look for horror fans.” – ForcesofGeek

“A hicksploitation slasher from Slovenia of all places…a stridently raw slasher about rural maniacs, set in the forests of Eastern Europe…Killbillies is raw, unpolished Euro horror that pays homage to great American horror films.” – DoBlu

“Brutal and eerie… Killbillies is a vicious film that entertains and keeps the viewer on its toes.” – WeAreIndieHorror

“Killbilles: Hicksploitation in Slovenia” – JBSPINS

“I don’t quite understand how it works but I am enjoying this movie. It’s almost like if you were to take “Americas Next Top Model,” throw in some of the weirdos from “The Hills Have Eyes” (or even “Wrong Turn”) and throw all that into a blender maybe two or three episodes of “Moonshiners”…throw in a few scenes of:

Molestation.
Drooling weirdos
Knives being slammed into necks.
Axes being swung violently into the backs of unsuspecting victims.
Running through the woods
Weird howling
Heads being brutally smashed with rocks
Dismembered hands
Pick axes in shoulders
Brutal axe chopping to the face
The after effects of drinking and driving
and you are in for a fun 83 minutes.” – SlackJawPunks

Killbillies savagely pits the entitlement of urbanity against the underprivileged and judged rural community who will kill for what they desire in an intense tale plastered with unforgiving violence and human rancidity. Gorkic’s film rivals America’s “Wrong Turn” series containing murderous, inbred mountain people and sets the foundational work for a potential Killbillies franchise. Raw and acute, Killbillies fears nothing by dipping it’s bloody Slovenian toes into the horror pool for the first time and able to tread water for the full length of the story that ultimately becomes a deadly cat-and-mouse game.”  – ItsBlogginEvil

Killbillies is heavily influenced by genre classics like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Deliverance, the set-up, the rural locations, even the structure are too similar to discard that – but that said, the movie still works very well on its own merits, as it’s great in creating suspense, has its shocks in all the right places, doesn’t overdo the gore and builds up in terms of violence, plus the whole thing is very well-structured and has a likeable flawed lead that’s easy to care for. Definitely worth a watch! – SearchMyTrash

“The hillbillies, the murderous Francl (Lotos Vincenc Sparovec) and the truly repulsive Vintlr (Jurij Drevensek)…whose inbred deformities add an extra layer of ugliness to their depraved lifestyles.”  – BloodyFlicks

Killbillies is a very fun horror film. It gives us a new vision of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre premise…This film delivers so much to the horror genre, that I hope we get more entries from this country in the future. Sinister and cruel, yet dark and tense. Killbillies is worth the watch. The tagline for this film should be, ” Welcome to Eastern Europe. Be scared Americans”. What Jaws did for the ocean and beach, this film can do for tourism.” – WickedChannel

“I wasn’t expecting much to be honest; I admit I’m not terribly familiar with the Slovenian film industry and I had my doubts that this would be anything more than a Grade Z cheapie. Instead, it turned out to be a suspenseful little action-packed gem with some pretty decent performances, particularly from Rozman and Ivanisin and some pretty spectacular gore effects that would do a big-budget Hollywood film proud…it’s well worth checking out, particularly this time of year. It’s a really fine film that you’ve never heard of so if you’re looking for something a little different to push your fright buttons this Halloween, this is truly a find you might appreciate.” – Cinema365

“[Killbillies] is fun. The acting was very well done as well.  Killbillies come off as creepy and nasty as they need to too and the girls all play their parts to perfection. Killbillies look great, deformed perverted mangled up hillbilly killing machines match that with the fact they are going after attractive models and you have a definite winner on your hands here.  I would recommend picking this one up.” MovieGraveyard

“The single best part of the movie I my opinion was the sound design. The music and sound effects that were used throughout the movie really enhanced the mood. While the effects were effectively brutal and gruesome and the characters were menacing and mean spirited, everything is trumped by the audio. Definitely worth checking out…” – TheNerdMentality

Killbillies is a Hills Have Eyes meets House of a 1000 Corpses Hillbilly Slasher type of film. I give this film a 4 out of 5….it hit the spot and was a fun viewing. Give it a Pick up. – SoReelFlix

Full of gut-wrenching carnage and unbridled tension, this movie will make an excellent addition to your holiday viewing this year. When it comes to intensity, this film really knows how to take it up a notch. The tension is as thick as pasta and just as tastyKillbillies is a big win for me, and I enjoyed every minute of it.” – ShatteredRavings

“…three levels beyond bad ass.” – AddictedtoHorrorMovies

“What made this stand above much lesser fare that I have seen is it’s just so damn well paced. The prosthetics in this film are pretty good too as is the gore; and, in terms of on screen brutality, the violence towards the group is pretty harsh…it would be a crime to pass this film off as a Euro ‘Wrong Turn’, as it is a very well put together piece of cinema which deserves your attention.” – HorrorHound

“A nifty film that makes the most out of a small cast and a handful of locations.” – CoffeeCoffeeandMoreCoffee

“A solid lil’ romp through the ol’ stalk n’ slay genre. The villains are suitably off-putting; and the film manages to nauseate as well as keep a nice tense atmosphere throughout. It also must be said that this is one hell of a nicely shot fright flick…If you love the Wrong Turn series or The Hills Have Eyes; then you will surely dig on Killbillies; it’s a vicious lil’ slice of mean spirited mayhem sure to satisfy your appetite for grizzly goings-on!” – TheOutreEye

“Cut from the same cloth as Wrong Turn, Wolf Creek, and The Hills Have Eyes, this cheap ass genre flick rocks out some totally disturbing slice and dice scenes, head mashing trauma, and a depressing tale of terror that pits a group of photogs and models against mutated hillbillies from the abandoned countryside…a grotesque tale of female survival that’s just big dumb fun for freaks like myself. Skulls are smashed. Limbs are lopped off. Chicks run through the forest and dark corridors seeking mercy from pair of freakish rednecks with a taste for brain matter. What’s not to love here, people? This is brainless kill food for a starving audience ready to lap up a delicious serving of gore and blood. What’s wrong with me? Damn it. I loved this movie. If you’re one of those junkies looking for a shot of adrenaline and guts, Killbillies will get you off.SpoilerFreeMovieSleuth

“Killbillies is fun, creepyoverall, this is one hell of a backwoods horror. It puts many American movies of the same sub-genre to shame. Not only that, Gorkic’s film is the first horror totally shot and produced out of Slovenia. Instead of sludging through the same old American South we’ve seen a million times, the beautiful landscape of places like Jezersko, Predel, Fort Hermann and other Slovenian locations provide a backdrop for all the hillbilly gruesomeness to come. In terms of the makeup and other effects, the hillbillies all look fairly nasty and just seeing them is scary enough. One of the main guys, his face is all puffed out, full of pus, his skin is reddened and bumpy. Some great prosthetic work. Once the killing starts, boy, do the effects get real fun! Killbillies is a worthy 4-star horror, and it’s one of the better backwoods flicks of the past few years by far. The acting, the makeup effects, alongside beautifully captured exteriors in the Slovenian wilderness juxtaposed against the depressingly dark interiors (that cellar set is fantastic). The story is so god damn good and the slight twist on the cannibal hillbilly characters is refreshing, as well as kind of funny in its own ways. Killbillies was a surprise and a favourite horror of mine for 2016.” – FatherSonHolyGore

“There is a lot of gore here and the blood effects often shock. There is a decapitation scene…there are stabbings, bludgeonings and general torture…there is also cannibalism and lots of blood drinking. We might say that “Killbillies” is an Eastern European tribute to North American cinema. The result is bloody and memorable.” – ReviewsByAmosLassen

“As you can probably guess from the wonderfully descriptive title this is a horror film about murderous hillbillies. In many ways this draws parallels with Deliverance, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Hills Have Eyes but set against the stunning backdrop of some Slovenian mountains. I really enjoyed Killbillies, sure it is not the most original of films but what it does is still very well done. I was not prepared for how good the make up and special effects would be for this movie…I found myself having quite a fun time with Killbillies, I was impressed by both the make up and special effects while despite the language barrier I found the acting of the main cast to be good, so well worth a watch.” – TheRottingZombie

“The film is beautifully shot and all the acting holds up extremely well, especially Nina Ivanisin as Nina. But props also need to go to the main antagonist, Vintlr, played by Jurij Drevensek…he delivered a genuinely frightening performance as this mammoth powerhouse, and I’m sure he’d give Jason Voorhees a run for his money….Brace yourselves for some serious face bashing carnage and plenty of brain-matter throughout. I really do urge you to check this one out, it played out very well, had some really grotesque violence and the story was intriguing. And, I know I’ve said it already, but the entire cast was killer, they really seemed to gel together. So, if you’re after some hillbilly horror action, keep your eyes peeled for this one.” – HorrorMovis.ca

“Killbillies offers a lot of terror, in the gorgeous backdrop of Slovenia. There is also a good deal of believable gore in Killbillies. The blood effects can often be shocking. Director Tomaz Gorkic has developed a very gruesome tale with Killbillies and gorehounds should reap the rewards…a strong entry into the slasher genre and this is a genre which needs more features, like this one.” – 28dayslater

“Killbillies is the first horror movie produced and filmed in Slovenia and after viewing this one, I hope it’s not the last! This is one film that will make you occupy the edge of your seat for much of the film….Some fantastic effects also make Idyll shine brightly. Again, it’s hard to tell if the actors are wearing makeup or not, but once the blood is shed, these moments feel chillingly real due to the complexity and subtlety of the gore shown. This is one good looking, harrowingly effective, sublimely acted, and gruelingly bloody film. [Killbillies] is one international film that shouldn’t be missed as it shows once again that some of the best in horror happens outside of the American borders.” – Mark L. Miller, Ain’t It Cool News

 

Screenings
2016 - Nevermore Film Festival
2016 - Fantastic Zagreb Film Festival
2016 - Trieste Science+Fiction Festival
2016 - Fright Night Theatre Film Festival
2015 - Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival
2015 - Weekend of Fear
2016 - Calgary Horror Con
2016 - Toronto International Spring of Horror and Fantasy Film Festival
Awards
18th Festival of Slovenian Film - Best Feature Film
Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival - Best Feature Film
Nevermore Film Festival - Best International Feature
Weekend of Fear, Nuremberg, Germany - Best Film
Fright Night Theatre Film Festival - Best Cinematography
Fright Nights Horror Film Festival - Best Feature Film; Best Actress (Nina Ivanišin); Best Actor (Lotos Vincenc Šparovec; Best Mutilation Scene (the killing of Dragica)
About the Director

Killbillies (Idyll) is Tomaž Gorkič’s first feature-length film and, in a way, also the pioneering film of the horror genre in Slovenian cinematography. So far he has filmed a few short genre films (Veriga mesa (Chain of Flesh), Med mano, tabo in Bogom (Between Me, You and God),Sekvenca smrti (Sequence of Death)…) that received a great deal of attention and awards on various local and foreign film festivals.

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Credits
  • Director: Tomaž Gorkič
  • Producer: Zoran Dževerdanović
  • Screenwriters: Tomaž Gorkič
  • Cast: Nina Ivanišin, Lotos Vincenc Šparovec, Jurij Drevenšek, Nika Rozman, Sebastian Cavazza, Manca Ogorevc, Damjana Černe, Damir Leventić, Matic Bobnar
  • Cinematography: Nejc Saje
Product Details
  • Format: DVD
  • Catalog: ART47
  • UPC: 851597006360
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Country: Slovenia
  • Language: Slovenian
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Year: 2015
  • Length: 83
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