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What 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?
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.
Talk to your kids 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?