Staunton Hill details
|Starring:||David Rountree, Charlie Bodin, Kiko Ellsworth, Christine Carlo, Cristen Coppen, Sherry Weston, B.J. Hendricks, Paula Rhodes, Cooper Huckabee, Kathy Lamkin|
|Run time:||1 hour 26 minutes|
|Rental release:||19 Oct 2009|
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The hill is alive with the sound of screaming .By Northernsky (318 reviews) from Halifax , 01 Oct 2009
[Highly rated reviewer]Staunton Hill gets round the problem of why anybody who lives in an era with films like Hostel , Wrong Turn, Wolf Creek Frontiers , would go wandering into a remote farmhouse by setting the film in 1969 before these sort of films were embedded in the public consciousness. I cannot think of another reason for it to be set in 1969 unless it,s a very well concealed Vietnam metaphor.
A group of hitch hikers making their way to a festival are given a lift by a stranger who it turns out is involved with the Stauntons , a gang of god fearing nut-jobs who inhabit a sprawling remote farmhouse and want the group for well that isnt really made clear but it isnt very pleasant and involves skinning, evisceration ,amputation and making sure the pigs are kept well fed.
To avoid being a derivative hillbillies kill townies splatter -fest writer David Roundtree and director Cameron Romero have come at the genre from a different angle but the end result is muddled , confusing and ultimately seems to be gloriously sadistic , because well it can .On the credit side the horror scenes are technically very well done ,ultra realistic and not for the faint -hearted , or indeed faint stomached. There is also some interesting use of the camera and effective use of sound during the nasty scenes which shows that Cameron , like his father has an implicit understanding of the horror genre . He just needs a decent story to frame it in.
For a film like this to really work it has a definite story arc or some allegorical message and for the remaining life in me I couldnt see one in Staunton Hill and I was looking really , really hard. Nor does it work as an exercise in terror or tension . Despite some good performances and brilliant effects the film just left me numb .Great , even just good horror films ,say something about the human condition .Or they can just be great entertainment .Staunton Hill fails on both counts .Its an empty horror film and no amount of nepotistic grandstanding on the DVD case( Dad George A Romero sings its praises -This is as scary as it gets ) can cover that up .
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This is one for serious gore fansBy Sammy1973 (303 reviews) from King's Lynn , 15 May 2013If you like a bit of graphic gore then you will enjoy this film. A gang of young hitch-hikers fall prey to a group of redneck psychopaths living on a slaughter farm. I found the characters to be likeable and apart from some bits that were seriously 'ewww' it is a good film if you like this genre.
RubbishBy Raid (24 reviews) from Brighton, England , 12 Mar 2010Sooo bad! It was as if someone had watched The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and thought 'I can do that'. Wrong! Bad Acting, plot and filming. The only scary thing about this movie is the thought that you paid to rent it.
Snoreton HillBy druski (102 reviews) from Leeds , 09 Mar 2010Very poorly executed movie for me, that this is affiliated with the great Romero himself makes it all the more baffling as to why it's so bad. It's as far removed from the Romero zombie genre as possible and is more in touch with the woods/slasher genre.
It's just all over the place. It uses every single horror cilche it can find, to the point where it becomes simply patronising. The players are simply one dimensional and uninteresting/uninterested? The gore is passable but unconvincing, and the twist? well watch for yourself (if you must).
such a let down, and the pathetic attempt at recreating the sixties look on the cast should be consequenced with sacking the wardrobe team.
accentBy a customer from manchester , 01 Dec 2009the accents were so bad in this film it was so hard to understand. no subtitles either. very poorly done. bad acting. hard to grasp whats going on as ive stated because the sound was so poor. not scarey. fair bit of blood. overall dont bother renting this there are better horrors out there to watch.
Cheap version of "Texas chainsaw massacre".By czeslaw (33 reviews) from hunstanton , 08 Nov 2009Not worth wasting time.
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