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A Slasher Movie from 2009.

Back in The '80s, one Wilson Wyler Concannon directed a horror movie called The Hills Run Red, which had a short run at the theaters before it was pulled for being too gory, and eventually became lost. Years later, a man named Tyler intends to find the film, and make a documentary about it. He ventures into the movie's filming location together with his girlfriend Serina, his best friend Lalo and Concannon's daughter Alexa, and discovers that someone is killing in the movie's name.

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This film has examples of:

  • Attempted Rape: The camping cast is attacked in the woods by three hillbillies, who intend to rape the girls and film it. They are stopped by Babyface, who kills them all and chases Alexa out of the site. The whole scene is later revealed to be set up by Alexa, who paid the hillbillies to appear.
  • An Axe to Grind: There's an axe among the various murder instruments that Babyface carries.
  • Don't Go Into the Woods: Concannon's The Hills Run Red was a backwoods slasher, and so is this film.
  • Downer Ending: Sure, Babyface and Concannon are killed, but Tyler is driven mad by the film's events and his girlfriend Serina ends up as a captive. She's also pregnant, and Alexa intends to turn her child into a new Babyface.
  • Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Babyface goes completely berserk when his mother Alexa is seemingly killed by his father/grandfather Concannon, which ultimately leads him to, with encouragement from Tyler, kill him.
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  • Facial Horror: The movie starts with a boy cutting pieces of his face off with a pair of scissors, and putting on the Babyface mask.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: The "tree scene" in the trailer of the in-film film involves using a pair of springy cedars to rip apart a woman at the waist. It was apparently completely real.
  • Ironic Nursery Tune: "Hush, Little Baby" is sung in the background as the little boy in the opening mutilates his face with scissors.
  • Karmic Death: Concannon, who murdered his actors, raped his daughter Alexa, and turned their resulting son into Babyface all for the sake of his film, is ultimately killed by that vengeful child after he shoots Alexa for daring to assume she could be a "director" herself.
  • Metafictional Title: The Hills Run Red is the name of Concannon's film.
  • Mummies at the Dinner Table: Eventually, Tyler finds himself bound and gagged to a wheelchair in a movie theatre filled with corpses as the audience, and has no choice but to watch The Hills Run Red on the screen on front of him.
  • Music Soothes the Savage Beast:
    • When Babyface has Alexa against a tree, she starts singing "Hush, Little Baby" to calm him before breaking into a run.
    • Subverted later when Serina tries to repeat the process to Babyface after he has her captured and bound. She gets through only few lines before realizing that she doesn't know the rest. Then Babyface mocks her for it, indicating that it wouldn't have worked in the first place.
  • Name-Face Name: Babyface, which comes from his mask made from a doll's face.
  • Neck Lift: One of Babyface's kills in Concannon's film has him lifting a man in the air by his neck, and then snapping it.
  • Parental Incest: Babyface is the result of Concannon sleeping with his daughter Alexa, who was later made to be part of the filming.
  • Platonic Prostitution: Tyler finds Concannon's daughter Alexa working as a stripper, and gets a private dance from her so he can talk to her alone about her father's movie, but because the room is being watched through the security camera, she has to keep dancing.
  • The Reveal: Concannon's movie is still being filmed, and his daughter Alexa is helping him.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Babyface goes on one against Concannon when he seemingly kills Alexa by shooting her.
  • Shovel Strike: Tyler is knocked out by getting a shovel slammed onto his face.
  • Similarly Named Works: Mentioned in-universe, as Tyler and Lalo discuss the fact that when the title The Hills Run Red is mentioned, people usually think of the 1966 Italian western instead of the lost horror film.
  • Snuff Film: The killings shown in Concannon's movie are discovered to be real.
  • Villainous Rescue: The group is saved form the hillbillies menacing them by Babyface's arrival. Subverted because the whole thing was arranged by Alexa in the first place.
  • Wham Line:
    • Alexa reveals herself to be a villain when she tells Babyface to "fetch" the running Serina.
    • "You can keep singing if it makes you feel better."
  • White Mask of Doom: Babyface wears a mask made from a white doll's face and a human jawbone.


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