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[[caption-width-right:288:Post-[[MCHammer Hammertime]].]]

-> ''Screaming only excites him.''

''Carver'' is a 2008 SlasherMovie, a hybrid of HillbillyHorrors and TorturePorn.

Set to go off to university soon, Pete Hoskin decides to drag his younger brother, Bryan, off to the secluded wilderness of Halcyon Ridge for some sibling bonding. Joining the two are Pete's immature friend Zack and his flighty girlfriend Rachel, much to Bryan's annoyance. Meeting up in a roadside store called the QG, the group are approached by the proprietor, a friendly old chap named Billy Hall Carver, who offers them a night of free drinks if they can get some supplies for him from the storage cabin near their campsite; he can't do it himself due to his bum leg, and because his troublesome relative and only help, Bobby Shaw, is being given a talking to by Sheriff Jack Quixley.

Agreeing to the deal, the group set up their site, and after meeting a fellow camper named Kate (who is out on her annual camping trip with her friend Gina, who seems to have vanished) head up to the cabin. Deciding to have a look around while gathering the QG's needed wares, our heroes discover a hidden cache of film reels, one of which they play on an old projector. Lighthearted riffing soon turns to unease when the amateurish slasher film that the reel contains becomes a little bit too graphic, depicting the disturbingly realistic mutilation and murder of campers and hikers in a forest very similar to the one that they are in.

Quickly putting the reels back and leaving after hearing someone approach, everyone (except worrywart Bryan) decides to put the disturbing film behind them, and after dropping off Billy Hall's stuff, get into party mode with their limitless supply of booze, though shit hits the fan when Zack gets into a fight and heads to an outhouse to clean up. While wiping off the blood and taking a dump, Zack is castrated and captured by Bobby Shaw, the slasher movie's killer and creator, who has big plans for Zack's friends, the unknowing stars of his next big picture.

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!! This film provides examples of the following tropes:

* AccidentalMurder: Kate crushes Zack between two vehicles, and stabs him in the head with a hoe, thinking he was Bobby Shaw.
* AgonyOfTheFeet: Rachel steps on a nail.
* AnArmAndALeg: Some severed limbs are found strewn throughout the bottom level of the Carver cabin.
* AntagonistTitle: It's the villains' last name.
* AteHisGun: Kate's death, after spotting the dead Gina.
* AxCrazy: Bobby Shaw, the snuff film maker.
* BarBrawl: Zack gets into a fight with a patron of the QG.
* BareYourMidriff: Rachel and Kate's outfits.
* BasedOnAGreatBigLie: The film claims to be based on fact, though all attempts to look up similar crimes to those presented in the film have turned up nothing.
* BeardOfEvil: The Carvers, because it would be weird if villainous rednecks didn't have them.
* BloodFromTheMouth: It's vomited a lot, especially during the sledgehammer murder.
* CampingACrapper: Zack is attacked in an outhouse.
* CarFu: Kate hits Zack (thinking he was Bobby Shaw) with Pete's van, and slams him into Zack's car.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Because filming someone being tortured is presumably more fun than just filming them being killed.
* CoolShades: Zack and Rachel, and of course the only law enforcement official.
* CorruptHick: You can honestly tell just by looking at them.
* CreatorCameo: Co-producer Jaye Lowe and FX man Paul Coldblatt both have bit parts.
* CuriosityKilledTheCast: A drunk Rachel wanders off into the woods in search of Zack. You can guess what happens to her.
* DaylightHorror: The snuff films all take place in broad daylight.
* DeathByMocking: Zack and Rachel are snippy, and end up paying for it.
* DeathBySex: A pair of snuff film victims.
--> "[[{{MST}} These guys are so gonna get it!]]"
* DeepSouth: Pretty far deep, by the look of things.
* DespairEventHorizon: After seeing Pete and her friend Gina dead, Kate blows her own brains out.
* {{Determinator}}: Bobby Shaw shrugs off almost everything thrown at him.
* DevelopingDoomedCharacters: It's well past a half-hour by the time one of the protagonists is attacked.
* DisgustingPublicToilet: "How do you shit on the wall!?"
* DontGoInTheWoods: Lest you become the unwitting star of a hillbilly snuff film.
* DownerEnding: Sole survivor Bryan has his throat slit by Billy Hall after killing Bobby Shaw. Depressing, but at least it's not a full blown instance of TheBadGuyWins.
* DrivenToSuicide: Kate, after finding Gina's remains, blows her own brains out.
* DropTheHammer: Rachel gets whacked in the face with a regular one, while Pete is bashed to death with a sledgehammer.
* EarAche: While struggling with Bobby Shaw over the shotgun, Bryan gets an ear shot off.
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: Billy Hall seems at least somewhat saddened by Bobby Shaw's death, letting out a forlorn-sounding mutter of, "Goddammit... Bobby Shaw..." The pair also own a BigFriendlyDog.
* EvilCripple: Billy Hall, who walks with a cane.
* EvilRedhead: Billy Hall, in contrast to his bald brother.
* EyeScream: A crowbar in the eye, and later a piece of wood.
* FacialHorror: A snuff film victim gets a saw to the face.
* FamousLastWords:
--> '''Bryan:''' [[OhCrap Whose the cameraman?]]
* FanDisservice: A naked woman is beaten, then stabbed in the face.
* FatBastard: Bobby Shaw, in contrast to his skinny brother.
* {{Fingore}}: Bryan gets a door slammed on his fingers.
* FlashbackEcho: Footage of one of the snuff films is shown as Bryan discovers the spot where it was filmed.
* GigglingVillain: And when we first hear it, it brings to mind ''{{Deliverance}}'', since Zack is alone in the woods and naked from the waist down.
* GogglesDoNothing: The only possible purpose they could serve is stopping bodily fluids from getting into Bobby Shaw's eyes.
* GoryDiscretionShot: Only in the R-rated cut.
* GroinAttack: Zack gets his testicles destroyed with a pair of pliers, while Pete has his groin pounded with a sledgehammer.
* HandOfDeath: Snuff films, so yeah, kind of hard and pointless for the killers to film their own faces while attacking people.
* HeadPhonesEqualIsolation: Bryan is a loner-type, and almost never seen without his headphones.
* HumiliationConga: Zack gets punched in the face, is forced to use one of the filthiest toilets in existence, realizes that there is no toilet paper, gets covered in shit, has his balls crushed with pliers, and is finally mistakenly killed by Kate while dressed as Bobby Shaw.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: In one of his snuff films, Bobby Shaw somehow hooks a fleeing man in the eye with a crowbar attached to a rope.
* ImprovisedWeapon: After shackling Zack to the wall of the outhouse, Bobby Shaw picks up the toilet and drops it on him.
* InUniverseCamera: Despite the presence of snuff films, it's rarely seen.
* KaraokeBox: One is used by Zack and Rachel at the bar.
* KarmaHoudini: Billy Hall, unless you count Bobby Shaw dying as some kind of comeuppance.
* KillEmAll: By the end, every named character except one is dead.
* KneeCapping: Rachel has nails hammered into her knees, while Bryan gets his stabbed.
* KnifeNut: Both regular and jagged blades are used by the villains.
* LaughingMad: Bryan, while watching some of the snuff films near the end.
* LovesTheSoundOfScreaming: See the tagline above.
* MacheteMayhem: What Bryan's throat is slit with.
* MadArtist: Bobby Shaw apparently views himself as an actual filmmaker, and sees his "character" in the snuff films as the hero.
* MadnessMantra: "He had help."
* MaleFrontalNudity: Zack's castration, in the unrated version.
* MenacingStroll: Bobby Shaw, unless he's off-screen, at which point he's capable of lightning speed.
* {{MST}}: The characters do it to the snuff films, not realizing what they are, but quit when the films start becoming uncomfortably graphic.
* MurdererPOV: Most of the snuff films, obviously.
* NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast: [[{{NamesToRunAwayFrom/Redneck Names}} Bobby Shaw and Billy Hall]] [[{{NamesToRunAwayFrom/Verbs}} Carver]].
* NoodleIncident: Whatever it was that made the area "a camper's ghost town".
* NothingIsScarier: How Sheriff Quixley was killed isn't shown or mentioned, but judging by the condition of his body, it was probably pretty bad.
* OffWithHisHead: Gina's death.
* OhCrap:
** Bryan, when he realizes the snuff films aren't always in Bobby Shaw's POV, meaning he is passing the camera off to an unseen accomplice.
** This was probably the mangled Bobby Shaw's thought when he tries to blow Bryan's head off with the shotgun, only to discover that it's out of ammo.
* OneWordTitle: And it doubles as an AntagonistTitle.
* PipePain: Used against and by Bobby Shaw.
* PoliceAreUseless: And possibly in on it.
* PottyFailure: While being attacked, the pants-less Zack sprays urine all over the place.
* PowerfulPick: A snuff film victim is killed with one.
* PsychopathicManchild: Implied to be the case with Bobby Shaw, as he is depicted as awkward in public, throws tantrums, etc.
* RedShirt: Sheriff Quixley serves no purpose other than being a RedHerring and another body on the pile.
* ScreamDiscretionShot: But only in the R-rated cut.
* SelfHarm: Implied with the scarred Kate.
--> "Sometimes we gotta cut ourselves to make sure we can still bleed."
* SerialKiller: Bobby Shaw, most likely of the ForTheEvulz variety.
* SerratedBladeOfPain: Bobby Shaw's WeaponOfChoice.
* TheSheriff: Jack Quixley, a slightly sinister but seemingly not actually evil example.
* ShirtlessScene: A snuff film victim, presumably due to Interrupted Intimacy.
* SiblingsInCrime: Possibly, the exact relationship between Billy Hall and Bobby Shaw is left a bit vague.
* SinisterScrapingSound: Bobby Shaw dragging his saw across the ground while advancing on Gina.
* SinisterScythe: A snuff film shows one of Bobby Shaw's victims attacking him with one.
* SlashedThroat: Bryan's death.
* SnuffFilm: Bobby Shaw's passion, though he is also fine with killing people sans camera.
* SoundtrackDissonance: In-universe, we have Bobby Shaw adding a cheesy country tune ("Turkey in the Straw, Hee Hee Haw...") to all of his films.
* SuddenlyVoiced: Bobby Shaw at first seems to be mute, but then he randomly speaks when he attacks Kate after she discovers that she had accidentally killed Zack.
--> "Don't you worry about him none, he was just mah stunt man."
* StealthHiBye: Bobby Shaw, in spite of his size, is quite sneaky.
* TortureCellar: Though it doesn't seem to see much use.
* TorturePorn: The film's examples of mutilation includes pliers to the balls, a nail hammered into a bodypart, then wrenched out and hammered in again.
* UrineTrouble: While tormenting Gina, Bobby Shaw pisses on her.
* UnnaturallyBlueLighting: Though in this case it's more of a green, for some reason.
* UnratedEdition: The more extreme "Grisly Edition".
* VillainOpeningScene: Bobby Shaw cutting the still-living Gina's head off with a saw.
* TheVoiceless: Bobby Shaw only talks twice.
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Courtesy of a drunk Rachel.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Sheriff Quixley seems to be in on what the Carvers are up to, but then is later found dead, leaving what was up with his character ambiguous.
* WithCatLikeTread: After hearing someone in the woods:
--> '''Kate:''' (cautiously whispering) "Zack?"
--> '''Rachel:''' (drunkenly) "ZAAAAAAAAAAAACK?!"
* YouLookFamiliar: What appears to be the same black jacketed man dies in at least three different snuff films.

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