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


By: J. Carlos Menjivar

'Killbillies (Idyll)' Poster


Artsploitation Films is a distribution company bent on releasing the absolute strangest and most compelling films the world has to offer. Previously, We are Indie Horror has reviewed such films as Der Bunker and Meat, two very impressive foreign films that explore the bizarre. Now– not only can I check off my cinephile passport with my first ever film from Slovenia– Artsploitation brings the brutal and eerieKillbillies. This film can be described as Slovenia’s answer to The Hills Have Eyes, set to beautiful and green lush meadows of the country instead of an arid and nearly lifeless desert, as in the Wes Craven film.

Written and directed by Tomaz Gorkic, Killbillies (original title Idila, orIdyll) follows a group of amateur models and a photographer as they head out to the backwoods on a photoshoot. Needless to say, it doesn’t take too long for things to take a turn for the worse. Two country folk, named Francl (Lotos Sparovec) and Vintlr (Jurij Drevensek), with drooping and mangled faces, claim they are the property owners of the meadow the artists are currently using as a shooting location. Swiftly Francl and Vintlr, take hold of the group, kidnapping them and stuffing them in an empty cellar. Their motives, whether it’s mere sadism or not, are initially unclear, with the groups fate resting entirely in the hands of the two hillbillies.



Killbillies is a tale about the clash between the rural and urban lifestyle with the models and photographer representing the youth culture, while the backwoods dwellers stand in for a conservative old world. As the group fight for their life and attempt to survive the sadistic men, the film turns into a thrilling struggle to escape the dense woods and the clutches of this strange land. As simple as the film’s premise may sound, behind the atrocious duo and their kidnapping lies a dark secret that throws the film into a spin while connecting the film together neatly. Killbillies is a vicious film that entertains and keeps the viewer on its toes.

Visit Artsploitation Films’ official website for more information.  Killbillies is now available through Amazon Prime.

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