Savage County

  • Review Date: October 6, 2010
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2011

Common Sense Media says

Teens die gruesome deaths in predictable slasher film.
  • Review Date: October 6, 2010
  • Rated: NR
  • Genre: Horror
  • Release Year: 2011

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The message here, as in many slasher movies, is that dark and creepy houses are often home to dark and creepy men who want nothing more than to tie people up and torture them. So be careful about knocking on strangers’ doors.

Positive role models

The teens in this film make one bad decision after another, and most are killed as a result. As in most slasher films, the sole survivor is the only person who demonstrates a bit of sensibility.

Violence

Plenty of gruesome, gory, intense violence. People are shot, bludgeoned, and maimed, often at close range, with lots of close-ups. Numerous scenes feature people in chains, being tortured with white-hot branding irons and other implements of mayhem. Many onscreen deaths.

Sex

Some innuendo, and brief scenes of people in their underwear changing clothes. Some torture with sexual undertones, like one scene where a man licks the cheek of a tied up girl.

Language

Some words are bleeped. Words like “whore” are not. One person flashes the middle finger, but it’s blurred.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Some scenes show high school students drinking beer at parties.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this gruesome slasher movie follows a group of high school students who are abducted and tortured by a clan of sadistic hermits. There’s mild swearing (bleeped for TV), a bit of sexual innuendo, and some scenes featuring underage drinking. But these don’t really take too long, leaving plenty of time for the graphic, horrific, and bloody sequences that leave most of the cast dead by the time the credits roll.

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What's the story?

On a hot afternoon, a group of high school students dare each other to ring the doorbell of a creepy old cabin on the outskirts of town. They don’t realize that it’s home to a family of sadistic killers, who like nothing more than to chain people to the walls and torture them. In short order, the teens are locked up and subjected to horrific attacks, which appear in graphic detail onscreen. Will anyone survive?

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

SAVAGE COUNTY breaks no new ground. What started as a web series has been transformed into a TV movie that follows a very predictable slasher movie formula, from the clichéd characters (the good girl, the trashy girl, the jock, the geek, the mysterious killers, etc.) to the predictable ending (Care to guess who survives? It’s the same character type who always survives in these movies!). Really, it’s just an excuse to film about 90 minutes of torture porn. People who enjoy watching death and dismemberment will like this film; others should steer clear.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about slasher movies. Do you like horror movies? What kinds of feelings do you experience after watching movies like this? Do the images keep popping up in your head later? Why do some people find it entertaining to see people tortured and killed?

  • Did you notice anything about the gender roles portrayed in this film? Did this film do anything different from standard horror/slasher movies?

Movie details

DVD release date:May 31, 2011
Cast:Ana Ayora
Director:David Harris
Studio:MPI Home Video
Genre:Horror
Run time:79 minutes
MPAA rating:NR

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Teen, 13 years old Written bycerealkiller189 January 13, 2012
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12
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Very brutal and gory.Kids?No way,dude.

I looked it up and thought it was good so me and my dad got it from netflix.and then I didn't let my little brother watched because the last time me,him and my dad were watching Ichi the killer(that stupid kill bill like Japanese film) he freaked out (the one made by takashi miike,he's a horrible director,btw)anyway,no kids.

Teen, 15 years old Written byskeletonslife441 July 29, 2013
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17
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Um, yeah.

It's very bad...

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