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Film / Timber Falls

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Timber Falls is a 2007 American horror film directed by Tony Giglio and starring Josh Randall and Brianna Brown.

Mike and his girlfriend Sheryl travel from Virginia to Lake Kimbrabow State Park in West Virginia to spend the weekend hiking and camping in the woods. They ask for directions to the local ranger that advises them to follow the Donner Trail or the Willow Creek Bridge. However, Mike meets the local Ida Forester at the crossroads and she tells them that Timber Falls has magnificent landscapes and a wonderful waterfall and the couple decide to go to the place. They tangle with the troublemakers Brody, Darryl and Lonnie, and Sheryl convinces Mike to get rid of the bullets for his revolver. They camp and in the morning Sheryl is abducted while bathing in a nearby lake. The desperate Mike seeks her, and finds a deranged fanatic religious family that needs them to procreate an offspring.

Tropes in Timber Falls include:

  • Bear Trap: While searching for Sheryl, Mike steps a hidden bear trap (or, more accurately, a man-trap) planted by Ida.
  • Breeding Slave: Ida and Clyde kidnap Sheryl and Mike and attempt to force them to conceive a child for Ida to raise. From The Teaser, we know this is not the first time they have tried this.
  • Cavalry Betrayal: Sheryl escapes from the cabin and flees being chased by Deacon. She sees the pickup being driven by Clyde, one the park rangers, and flags him down. However, Clyde turns out to be kin to Ida and Deacon, and knocks her out.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • The jar of moonshine Brody, Lonnie and Darryl coerce Mike into buying.
    • The cell phone Sheryl insists on taking with despite there being no cell signal on the mountain.
  • Conveniently Placed Sharp Thing: When Mike is tied to a chair in the cellar, he is able to topple the chair over and reach the scalpel Ida dropped on the floor, and use it to cut himself free.
  • Deep South: Everyone dwelling the West Virginia backwoods is either a fundamentalist religious maniac or a Hillbilly Moonshiner.
  • Deranged Park Ranger: Clyde, one of the park rangers, is one of the backwoods family of religious fanatics abducting couples and attempting to force them to conceive and a child for the barren Ida. Leads to a Cavalry Betrayal moment when Sheryl manages to escape and sees Clyde's ranger vehicle and flags him down, thinking she is saved. He then knocks her out and returns her to captivity.
  • Don't Go in the Woods: A couple goes camping in the mountains and falls prey to a pair of deranged fundamentalist religious maniacs.
  • Dolled-Up Installment: Was released with the title Wrong Turn 2 in Brazil. In Mexico it was released with the title Wrong Turn 3.
  • Electric Torture: During The Teaser, Clyde is shown torturing the male captive with a pair of jumper leads hooked up to a battery.
  • The End... Or Is It?: One year has passed since Mike and Sheryl survived their ordeal. The couple put their baby to bed and leave the room. As the movie ends, the camera fades over to the window where Deacon's double blade sickle suddenly appears.
  • Fingore: Ida cuts off Sheryl's finger as punishment for her and Mark failing to have sex as commanded.
  • From Dress to Dressing: Mike gets a stick stuck in his arm when he falls while chasing after Sheryl. He yanks it out and uses his bandana as a bandage.
  • The Fundamentalist: The Forester family are a group of insane religious fanatics. After Ida describes having seen the couple having sex in their tent a few days previously, she and Clyde tell the couple that the punishment for their sins is to have a child for Ida and Clyde, due to Ida not being able to have a baby. Mike and Sheryl are forced to marry, and over the course of 3 days, Ida and Clyde force them to attempt to have a child and brutally torture them if they don't.
  • Hillbilly Horrors
  • Hillbilly Moonshiner: Brody and his cousins distill moonshine and intimidate Mike into paying $50 for a jar.
  • Impaled Palm: During The Teaser the female captive has her hands nailed to the tables on either side of the bed. She is eventually able to pull one palm completely off the nail, and use that hand to free the other.
  • I Never Told You My Name: Mike knows there is something wrong when he wakes up on Ida's couch and she addresses him as 'Michael'. He never told her his name, and the only way she could know it was if she'd read his licence or credit cards, which were in is wallet which he left in the tent by the lake.
  • Molotov Cocktail: Sheryl converts a jar of moonshine into a Molotov cocktail that she uses to turn Deacon into a Man on Fire.
  • No Escape but Down: The woman in The Teaser gets cornered by Deacon on the edge of a cliff. With nowhere else to go, she jumps off the cliff. She misses the river and smashes into the rocks beside on the bank (not that landing the river would have helped given the depth).
  • Off with Her Head!: During the final escape, Sheryl decapitates Ida with a sickle.
  • People Jars: Ida keeps the fetuses from her failed pregnancies in Mason jars in the cellar.
  • Pistol-Whipping: Mike slams Darryl repeatedly in the face with a shotgun.
  • The Place
  • The Radio Dies First: After realising that Ida is holding him prisoner, Mike attempts to use her radio call for help, only to discover Ida has disabled it. Later Sheryl tries to use Clyde's walkie talkie, but she is attacked by Deacon and drops the walkie talkie, which smashes.
  • Rape by Proxy: Sheryl and Mike are kidnapped by backwoods Fundamentalists Ida and Clyde who 'marry' them (the legality of said 'marriage' is extremely dubious) and then force them to have sex in order to conceive a child in wedlock. They then intend to murder Mike, have Sheryl carry the child to term, and murder her and give the child to Ida, who is sterile. Unknown to them, Sheryl is already pregnant.
  • Shovel Strike: When Ida is trying wrestling with Mike on the floor of the cellar, Sheryl picks up the shovel Ida had dropped earlier and brains her with it.
  • Sinister Scythe: Deacon, the main psycho, uses a strangely shaped sickle with a second spring-loaded blade as his main weapon.
  • Skinny Dipping: Sheryl goes skinny dipping in the lake in the morning on the mountain, and is abducted.
  • The Speechless: Deacon is mute: his vocal cords destroyed in the same accident that mangled the right side of his face.
  • A Taste of the Lash: As punishment for failing to have sex with Cheryl as commanded, Deacon lashes Mike with a cat-o'-no-tails.
  • Two-Faced: The right side of Deacon's face is a twisted mass of scar tissue that leaves his mouth gaping open on that side. He is also The Speechless.
  • Unwilling Suspension: Clyde and Ida like to hang their male captives by their wrists while they torture them.